Lessons continue to be a little scattered because of substituting, but we managed to do quite a bit for this theme. We actually got started on Sunday, which helped get more in.
We had to go to Walmart to pick up some cookies for a service project that I signed us up for, so while we were there we picked up some Halloween decorations. They’ve been asking when we would “get ready for Halloween” ever since seeing their cousins’ decorations when we went to visit. They had lots of fun making little ghosts to hang in the bushes outside (we haven’t made the plastic bag pumpkins to put out there yet because the leaves were too wet) and putting up the pumpkin window clings we found.
We also took some time to watch a few Youtube videos of Halloween songs. I should have kept a list of what ones we watched, but I was just winging it (hadn’t really planned to start that day), so we just clicked through as we saw ones that appealed to us. Afterward, I pulled out some finger puppets and other Halloween themed crafts that my MIL got for them last year that we didn’t get to back then. We then used the finger puppets to sing some of the songs we’d looked at.
I had checked out several books from the library about pumpkins and one of them talked about the life cycle of a pumpkin. So of course, we had to make our own life cycle book using a template from a Pumpkin Mini-Unit by Mrs. Rica’s Kindergarten. It didn’t print correctly (I ran out of ink), so I made the kids draw their own pictures based on the pictures in It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern. They weren’t the best drawings, but the fact that they even tried was great. Kyla tried to have me “help” (ie: do it for her), but when I refused she did do it.
We then did a pumpkin investigation from the same unit. We measured the height of our pumpkins using legos, counted the lines around it, tested if it would sink or float, and finally opened it up to count the seeds (we decided there were just too many to count! LOL). Of course, since they were already cut open, we turned them into Jack O’Lanterns!
Monday night as I put Kyla to bed I realized she was running a fever of 103.9. So Tuesday went a little different from our usual. I had to sit in the car with Kyla while Lucas went to speech, then we took her to the doctor instead of dance, and spent a quiet afternoon before dropping Lucas off for soccer practice and coming home to make dinner until it was time to pick Lucas up. So while we had a lot of time, with Kyla feeling crummy, we did not get a lot done. I did manage to read The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reece (who spoke at our AMAMOM meeting) and colored some coloring pages from it. The kids really enjoyed the book and said they wanted to find green pumpkins so they could make Christmas pumpkins too.
I worked on Wednesday, so I left an activity for N to have the kids do. I used the life cycle pictures from the Pumpkin Unit and made a “Search and Trace” activity like we did for the Pirate unit. I used a handwriting practice generator to make the worksheets for them to trace and taped the words up around the house again. N said that they both did well. No pictures, though, since I wasn’t there.
Thursdays are Speech and Zoo School day (Kyla was well by then). Which means there really isn’t enough time to get any sort of activities in. Friday I worked, so we didn’t do anything that day either. However, we got to go to a pumpkin patch with friends on Monday to continue the pumpkin fun!