Seasons and leaves investigationDear ParentsAfter observing and speaking with children, I discover that they areenthusiastic about seasons and leaves. Your children are naturallycurious about the topic, and they will have a lot of experience tolearn about seasons and leaves. This will be amazing experience intheir preschool lives, and will build good foundation for their futuredevelopment.During this time, they willUse craft materials to present seasonsLeaves rubbingDramatic play: gardeningHave a taste of FallCompare and contrast: blow out leaves and wood blocksSinging a song: Leaves Falling DownRead a book: "Seasons”Art activity
Children put leaves under papers and did leaf rubbing by using crayon andcolor pencils. Some younger children didn’t know how to do it. I shown themand told them hold paper and leaf stably. They practiced and really wanted leafshapes come out.I provided cotton, felt pedals, googly eyes, drinking straws and other craftmaterials for children. I asked them how we can use different materials topresent four seasons. They talked about using cotton to make a snow man orsnow to present winter. Making flowers by using felt pedals present spring. Iasked them, “What happens to leaves in Fall?” They said, “They fall down fromtrees.” Then I said, “We can cut brown craft form as a tree trunk and somepaper leaves to present Fall.” Children were busy to stick craft materials onpapers to demonstrate different seasons.Dramatic activity
I prepared watering cans, sand, artificial flowers, gardening tools and plantpots for children. I said to them, “Let us pretend to grow some flowers in spring.”They enjoyed doing gardening. One boy shown me his flowers and asked me ifhe can bring the flowers to home.Sensory activityI told children, “Oranges are ripe in Fall. Let us eat oranges and have a taste ofFall.” Then I asked them, “Is the taste of Fall sweet or bitter?” They answered,“Sweet.”
Science activityI let children blow woodblocks, feathers, plastic letters and leaves. I askedthem, “Why can we move feathers and leaves but not woodblocks?”They said,“Feathers and leaves are lighter than woodblocks.”Musical and literacy activity
II taught children a song named “Leaves falling down”. I read lyric and a booknamed “Seasons” for them. I also asked children the consequence of seasonsby using the season wheel.