This week we are learning about pumpkins in class. We are tying this into learning about Halloween which happens at night, ok it’s a stretch, but worth it!
We are reading stories about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Many of the children pointed out that both apples and pumpkins grow from a flower. They also mentioned that both have a stem and blossom end. I was please to see them make these real world connections independently.
We did a read the work activity with Halloween words. The children travel around the room with a recording sheet and find pictures on the wall. The pictures have the word written on them, the recording sheet has the same word in boxes. The children have to match the words and then illustrate to show the word.
For math we did a roll and cover. To do this activity the children had a sheet with pumpkins on it. The pumpkins had the numbers 1-6. They rolled a die and used a cube to cover the number on the sheet. This works on number recognition as well as number sense. Teaching children to recognize dot configurations for number is beneficial for moving forward in math as well.
We also created two class books this week. One was I am Jack O’___________. The children had to choose an attribute and color their pumpkin based on this attribute. We had everything from Jack O’Scary to Jack O’Pink and Jack O’Excited. The second book is based on the song/book Mary Wore Her Red Dress. We created a book ________ wore his/her Halloween costume all night long. The children had to write their name and then draw an illustration of themselves in their Halloween costumes.
I love creating class books that I can then send home for the parents to see. This is a great way to show progress and learning.
On Friday, we are having our Trunk or Treat and Halloween party. The children are excited for this fun day.