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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


 Collecting Leaves and Sorting them into piles by their shape and color!

Cut leaves out of coffee filters and then we used watercolors to paint them.

 A leaf collage

We made a handprint leaf tree!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We read, "Ten Apples Up On Top" and then we stacked beanbag apples on our heads to see how many apples we could get up on top!  I made the beanbag apples with felt, beans and a hot glue gun.

Caramel Apples

We unwrapped all the caramels

Then we took out the stems

So Yummy!


Measuring Ourselves with Apples

There is a secret star inside every apple!

We painted it and......

Made apple prints!

Sorting Apples By Their Color

Making Patterns with Apples

Fingerprint Apple Trees

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Parent News Board and Mailboxes

Colored Rice and Pasta

Colored rice and pasta!  The kids love to scoop and pour it, pick it up with tweezers, and do art projects with them!  I colored them with liquid water color from

Playing with the pasta noodles!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Books About Fire Safety
(October is Fire Safety Month)

Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
Super Truck by Mara Conlon
Dinofours: It's Fire Drill Day! by Steve Metzger
A Visit to the Firehouse by Dan Elliott
Firebears The Rescue Team by Rhonda G. Greene
Fire Truck by Peter Sis
Firefighters by Norma Simon
Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton
BArney: Go to the Fire Station by Mark S. Bernthal
Curious George and the Firefighters by H.A. Rey
Cutaway Firefighters by Jon Kirkwood
Books About Halloween

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
Winnie the Pooh's Halloween by Bruce Talkington
Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown
Little Ghost by Vivian French
Boo to You, Winnie the Pooh!
What a Scare, Jesse Bear by Nancy W. Carlstrom
Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell
The Best Halloween Ever by John Speirs
Go On A Ghost Walk by Stan & Jan Berenstain
My Working Mom by Peter Galssman
A Costume for Bear by Kiki Thorpe
Thomas the Train: The Monster Under the Shed
The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond
Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Franklin's Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois
Dinofours: It's Halloween! by Steve Metzger
I Spy: A Scary Monster by Jean Marzollo
Inside a House That is Haunted by Alyssa S. Capucilli
Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London
Dora's Costume Party by Christine Ricci
Barbie: Hooray for Halloween! by Diane W. Landolf
T-Rex Trick-or-Treats by Lois G. Grambling
Halloween Howl by Suzzane Collins
Spiders by Claire Llewellyn
Pooh's Happy Halloween by Ann Braybrooks
Halloween Rescue! by Cynthia Stierle
Maisy's Trick-or-Treat by Lucy Cousins
Clifford and the Halloween Parade by Norman Bridwell
Pooh's Halloween Parade by Isabel Gaines
Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
We're Off to Find the Witch's House by Mr. Krieb
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Books About Pumpkins

I Spy: A Pumpkin by Jean Marzollo
Bear's Bargain by Frank Asch
Dinofours: It's Pumpkin Day!
Pooh's Pumpkin by Isabel Gaines
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree
Pumpkin Patch Puppy by Danielle Denega
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Stephen Kroll
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
The Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell
Pooh's Fall Harvest by Isabel Gaines
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by JoeTroiano
It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
The Pumpkin Patch by Elizabeth King
Books About Leaves

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Pooh's Leaf Pile by Isabel Gaines
Dinofours: It's Fall! by Steve Metzger
Clifford's First Autumn by Norman Bridwell
Fall Changes by Ellen B. Senisi
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro
Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco
The Falling Leaves by Steve Metzger
Fall Leaves by Mary Packard
When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
Books About Apples

Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple by A.H. Benjamin
Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg
Apples by Gail Gibbons
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Dappled Apples by Jan Carr
A Busy Year by Leo Lionni
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
I Am an Apple by jean Marzollo
Dinofours: It's Apple Picking Day! by Steve Metzger