Thursday, October 27, 2011

It’s the Great PUMPKIN, Charlie Brown!

I love watching that movie with my kids. J Does your school allow you to participate in Halloween activities? I try and focus on what we can do instead of what we can’t.  First of all, and yes this is insane, we ask all Kindergarten students to bring their own full size pumpkin to school a few days before Halloween. There is so much you can do with just a pumpkin.  

Here are a few fun ideas:
  • Learn and sequence the life cycle of a pumpkin.
  • Measure the pumpkin.
  • Weight the pumpkin.
  • Make observations about it’s appearance, size, shape, color, etc.
  • Estimate the amount of seed in the pumpkin.
  • Write a recipe using pumpkin.
  • Use your senses to taste, smell, feel the pumpkin.
  • Interactive Writing: A pumpkin canhas..is
  • Writer’s Workshop: If I were a pumpkin.If I lived in a pumpkinHow to plant a pumpkin.

Really, the possibilities are endless! Holiday or not, learning can and will take place because we are teachers and that is what we do.J At the end of this jam packed week, we carve all 22 pumpkins. Surprisingly enough, this is the day we have our biggest parent turn out and praise God for that!

After all of our pumpkin fun, on Halloween day, we take our campus by storm and have a Hilarious Hat Parade. A week before, we send home a paper plate and ask parents to help their child create a creative and original hat for their child. What a fun family project and the hats are a hoot!  That’s right, after surviving carving 22 pumpkins with 22 kinders, we joyfully strap on our crazy hats and walk in and out every classroom, spreading our smiles and sweet thoughts of the candy that is yet to come.  I don’t know about you, but celebrating Halloween or not, this learning is still pretty SWEET!




Click here for these pumpkin freebies from my Fall, Pumpkin, & Halloween Unit, and come by and say hi sometime. J



2 comments:

Emily said...

You are so brave! Thanks for the freebies!

Anna Brantley said...

Love it & yes, you are one brave teacher!!!! Awesome post:)