October is such a fun time of year! We spent a lot of time this month talking about the season, doing special activities with pumpkins and leaves. We learned how a pumpkin grows and even made our own jack o lantern. Outside, we collected leaves on the playground and compared them and sorted by color and big and little. And of course, the favorite of the season, we celebrated Halloween. Although it was supposed to rain this year, we lucked out and were able to do our trunk or treat and parade as usual. We read lots of Halloween stories, painted bats and witch hats, and listened to some Halloween music.
As always, we used our October themes to introduce different letters. We had an F is for fall day, P is for pumpkin and H is for Halloween days. For our letter introduction, we do things like sort the capital and lower case letters. Our P is for pumpkin day, and we had to pick a letter out of a pumpkin basket and say if it was a P or not a P. We have been doing more math themed activities to: sorting big to small, counting how many candies are in trick or treat bags, and doing who has the most and the least.
We did several science experiments this month as well. When we carved our jack o lantern we did a compare and contrast of the inside and outside. On our candy themed day, we did a sink or float of all different types of Halloween candy. And we had our annual Laurel Tree Pumpkin Chuckin’ where we send our old jack o lanterns as far and as high as they will go! A little lesson on Physics !
We love to have story time in our room! On some days we even have what we call a “story snack” where we combine our snack time and reading time. Holiday books are often favorites and here are some books that we loved this year!
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Shertle
Where’s my Mummy by Carolyn Crimi
The Skeleton Meets the Mummy by Steve Metzger
The Dark by Lemony Snickett