While learning about vegetables, we discovered that some plants that we think of as vegetables are actually fruit! These vegetable grow from seeds and produce seeds – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers. We learned some things about fruit from the book, Fruit – A First Discovery Book by Gallimard Jeunesse and Pascale de Bourgoing. The book explained that the fleshy part of a plant is the fruit and that it contains the seeds. The seeds of an apple are at the center, or core, of the apple. When planted in soil, the seeds from an apple grow roots and leaves and develop into a sapling or young apple tree. It blossoms in the spring, and from those blossoms apples begin to grow and are ripe for picking in the fall. Many fruits grow on trees, such as pears, kiwis, and figs. Some fruit grow on vines – such as grapes. bananas, and watermelon. Strawberries grow on plants close to the ground and have seeds on the outside of the fruit. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons,and limes also grow on trees in warm, sunny places. The children were able to examine and eat apples and pears (Bosc and Bartlett). They enjoyed the sweetness of the pears. When presented with an orange, a grapefruit, a lemon, and a lime, the children all recognized the orange and the lemon but were unsure about some of the other fruits. We explained that these are all known as citrus fruit. When smelling the fruit, Lieba and Lauren agreed that, “the orange smells the sweetest and the lemon smells the most sour.” Everyone wanted a piece of the orange. Ezra, Simon, Uriel and Lieba were willing to taste the lime. Uriel thought it tasted sweet but the others thought it tasted sour. Uriel and Simon said they liked it. The children also got to see a kiwi. Simon correctly identified it. Ezra said that it felt spiky. We taught them the word, fuzzy.
The Hebrew letter, gimel, was introduced. The children matched the letter to the pictures with the beginning letter sound. They learned: glida – ice cream, gamel – camel. They matched the word/letter to the picture.
Morah Jill sang wonderful songs about fall leaves coming down and sad turkeys running away! The children also learned more Thanksgiving songs and fingerplays in our classroom. See if they will show you the fingerplay about the turkey and the duck. They also learned the song “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” and ” The Turkey Ran Away Before Thanksgiving Day”.
The children continued sewing the beads onto the mesh headband. They were able to concentrate for a good period of time, use their fine motor skills and practice eye-hand coordination. They very carefully chose the special beads that they wanted to use on their headbands.
The children found a plant had somehow fallen outside of the planter. They worked together to dig a hole and replant the plant. Then they made sure it received water.
The children noticed in one of the books we were reading about the Wampanoag, that the natives cooked on an open flame. It reminded them of the bonfires that were made during the holiday of Lag B’omer. They worked collaboratively 0n making a replication of a bonfire in our classroom. They used clay, stones, and twigs to recreate a bonfire.