# "FALL" INTO FUN WITH PRE-K

Pumpkin math and science was a BIG hit with the boys and girls.  Skills such as estimating (estimating a quantity weaves in mental computations that require problem solving and critical thinking), tallying (a quick way of keeping track of numbers in groups of 5), classifying (everyday activities that involve sorting, are the beginning concepts of children developing math skills), and measuring circumference (we used yarn to measure our pumpkin, a great introduction to different forms of measurement).  First, the boys and girls used their yarn to measure the circumference around the largest pumpkin.  Next, they estimated the number of lines on the pumpkin.  Various answers were given, and Drew was our winner with an estimation of 11.  After that, estimations were recorded in regard to the pumpkin's weight.  Ben came closest with his estimation of 20 lbs.  Finally, we tallied the number of people who thought the pumpkin would float in water and those who thought it would not float.  To our amazement it floated!  Hands on learning is always the best!

One of the many wonderful things about St. James is that the students are taught not only to be caring people, but to be good citizens.  To help instill these characteristics, every grade level is responsible for taking on community service projects.  Not just one, but several a semester.  Some classes go to retirement homes and sing, bring and participate in interactive projects, and/or donate items that will lift the spirits of the residents.  Other classes volunteer to serve at the local homeless shelter, pick up litter, and gather supplies for the needs of local community centers/shelters/projects.  Students are encouraged to be active participants in their community and go beyond a monetary donation.  We teach the children to give of their time and themselves.

Both Pre-K classes participated in our first community service project of the year.  On Halloween, the children dressed up in their costumes and visited Opportunities, Inc.  While at Opportunities Inc., they sang fun Halloween songs to the students.  The classes looked forward to singing to the students and hoped that they made them laugh and made their day a little brighter.

Dragons, and Witches, and Minions oh my!  After our performance at Opportunities, the children were treated to a fabulous Halloween party at the home of John and Jamie Ashby.  We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting.  Prayers were answered in regard to the weather, and a great time was had by all.  The Room Mothers from both classes prepared a " Spooktacular" array of food, treats, and games.    Believe me, there were a lot of memories made.  The children are still talking about it!

Check back with us soon for more Pre-K adventures!

Mrs. Lisa

Katelyn Gunter