Fall activities

It has been a fruitful week in the CCA Joy Fruit Stand.

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The children are enjoying celebrating and exploring the fall season and learning about community helpers.

We began our study of Community Helpers with a visit to the neighborhood fire station.  The firefighters talked to us about fire safety, what to do if there is a fire, and gave us a tour of their facilities.   After looking at all of the special equipment that the firefighters use, the children were given the opportunity to hold the hose and shoot the water at a target.  This was their favorite activity of the morning!

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The children are having fun with the special days that give them the opportunity to become the community helpers.  Our classroom has become a veterinarian clinic, medical office, bank, and a classroom with new teachers.  This week we came dressed in our community helper uniforms.  Once again the imaginations were busy and we enjoyed watching them take on the roles they were dressed for.  Parents, thank you for helping us with this activity.  It was a successful day!

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The children are learning about pumpkins.  We have examined the pumpkin from the outside in.  The class studied the life cycle, described the outside, and labeled the parts of a pumpkin.  They made guesses about the size, how many ribs were visible, and the number of seeds found inside the pumpkin.  The most fun happened when the pumpkin was opened and the children took out the inside parts.  Some enjoyed touching the pumpkin and others did not like the feel of the inside.

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The children made a pumpkin-cano.  They always enjoy watching the baking soda science eruptions.   We also made pumpkin oobleck.  What is this?   It’s a solid!  No, wait, it’s a liquid!  This is a good science exploration of a non-Newtonian fluid, a substance that acts like both a liquid and a solid.

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This week also provided an opportunity to talk about the importance of Veteran’s Day.  Some of our children shared with us the work their family member provides in the military.  They made flags to show their appreciation.

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We will continue our exploration of the fall season and begin our Thanksgiving study this coming week.  K4s are growing and learning every day!

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