As we say goodbye to November, we’ll also be saying good-bye to the academic enrichment centers for the month.
Our Sorting Station for November was called, “Cornucopia Categorizing.” The yellow sorting wheel was supplied with a variety of delicious fruits that one may find in a Thanksgiving Center-piece. The children could categorize the cornucopia treats by shape and color.
Another enrichment center at our Mathematics Table was the game of Thanksgiving Meal Memory. Children could turn over various pieces depicting Thanksgiving-themed pictures. Each picture has a match. Just like the classic game of Memory, children could try to make matches of Pilgrims, Native Americans, Pumpkin Pies, Roasted Turkeys, LIVE Turkeys, Indian Corn on the Cob and more.
The third enrichment center at our Mathematics Table was Feather- Plucking Subtraction. We chose SUBTRACTION for our Math Monday Center, because the best part of Thanksgiving is obviously the LEFTOVERS! Children were provided with Subtraction Flashcards, Paper Turkey Cut-outs, and Craft Feathers. With these items they could feather and pluck their turkeys, learning subtraction facts in the process.
Our Super Science Center for November was “Your Magnificent Mouth!” Considering we can’t fill our tummies with Thanksgiving goodness without the help of our pearly-white chompers, this was an obvious choice for our Kids’ Korner scientists. The center featured 2 typodonts (toy fake teeth) and super-sized toothbrushes, along with some dental floss and mirrors to compare our own teeth to the fake ones. Also at this center were some dental radiographs (X-rays) that were kindly donated by the Middletown Dental Associates. A poster that tells us how to brush our teeth the correct way and a variety of other DENTAL-related paperwork and books were also at this center.
Our Literacy Table had three enrichment centers. The first center focused on Native American communication. There was a small lesson about Native American Pictographs, with several examples of circular stories. There was also a Native American Sign Language Center, with a great book of Native American Signs. The ASL books were available for comparison to American Sign Language signs we have already learned during Kids’ Korner.
Our Storytelling Station was modified for the month of November with some monthly-theme related words to include in our oral accounts of a Thanksgiving Meal gone awry.
Our Creation Station challenged our participants to create a NEW ICONIC Thanksgiving Day Center-piece to rival the popularity of the Cornucopia. Participants were asked to draw what it looks like and briefly describe its attributes.
Our Reading Center was chock-full of books to match our themes for the month. Several Thanksgiving books were donated to our site by Rebecca Deotte, (former Kids’ Korner at Macdonough School parent). We also had several Native American, Cowboy, American folklore, and horse-related books to fit in with our November themes.
Soon, November 2013 will be just a sweet memory. We are looking forward to December (and anxiously awaiting the upcoming holiday season). December’s theme is Celebrations Around the World and Cultural Competency.
Congratulations to Jazlynn who won our October Creation Station Challenge, by creating a new fruit/vegetable hybrid for the Fall Harvest.