Autumn in Preschool
In Cultural Studies lessons this term, preschoolers have been discovering lots of things about autumn. We have been using the inquiry method whereby preschoolers share what they already know and what they would like to learn. This then forms the basis for learning. Here is what they said.
|What we know about autumn
|What they would like to know
|It’s cold and we need a hat and scarf.
The leaves change colour
The leaves fall off the tree
It’s windy weather – hats can blow off!
The wind blows really fast
It’s very cold
The leaves are blue
|Why does it become cold?
Why do leaves fall off the tree?
Do all leaves turn different colours?
Why does it become windy?
What is wind?
Where does the wind come from?
Some thought provoking questions. Subsequently science and physics experiments have occurred.
We discovered that air is everywhere and even thought we can’t see or smell it – it’s even in a glass. The preschoolers were amazed when we placed a piece of paper into the bottom of a glass and upturned this into a bowl of water. They thought it would become wet…but it didn’t! When the glass was tilted bubbles could be seen escaping from the glass – we could see the air in the form of a bubble! Amazing!
In the next few weeks the focus will be on autumn foods and nutrition. Many thanks for Finley’s grandad and grandma who shared their autumn fruit and nuts with us. The figs were yummy and the walnuts much appreciated. If you have any ripe fruit or vegetables you are most welcome to share these with us.
Last week an invitation to families was pocketed. We hope you can come along to a nutritious, delicious breakfast in Week 8, Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 8.30am. Everyone is welcome but for catering purposes please let us know if you’re coming.
As the autumn rain has finally started we suggest preschoolers bring along a pair of slippers for indoors and rubber boots for outside. I’m sure a muddy mud pit will entice the preschooler’s interest for mudpie play so please send along a change of old clothing.
Ciao, Lesley, Kate and Vanitha