Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just for J

5 Little Pumpkins, and other Halloween fun

You can tell it's almost Halloween from the songs we are singing, and the activities we're doing.  The Halloween sensory tub from last week is still the hot item of the week, but the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is running a close second.
Halloween fun with the letter J

On Monday, we started the week by putting on lots of jewelry, and jumping for J.
Halloween fun with the letter J

Halloween fun with the letter J

Jumping with jewelry for the letter J

At snack time we had juice and learned how to write the letter j - in jelly!
Writing the letter J in jelly to learn our letters

Today is Tuesday, and we reread Five Little Pumpkins , learned some hand motions for it, and made a craft to follow up.  Super cute!
5 Little Pumpkins, and other Halloween fun

Of course, the real reason we learn the letter J in October is so we can make a jack-o-lantern!  The kiddos suggest shapes for the facial features, and then vote (we even got to review tallying!)

I do the cutting, since small children and sharp implements is not my favorite combination.  They're always fascinated when the "guts" appear!
5 Little Pumpkins, and other Halloween fun

Everyone takes a turn to grab a handful of pumpkin guts, and to scoop it out into a bowl.
J is for jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween fun

J is for jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween fun
Not everyone is enthusiastic about the process!  There is also a good run on handwashing - which is why we worked on this before and during snack time. 
J is for jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween fun

I drew on the facial features, and started cutting...
J is for jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween fun

... while the children had snack: fresh pumpkin muffins, made with a pumpkin they helped me to buy (see this previous post) , and that I baked over the weekend.

When I baked the pumpkin, I also saved and roasted the seeds.  One of the children asked about eating pumpkin seeds, a little incredulously, as the seeds she could see were in fresh pumpkin guts!  I explained how to make them, and we warmed and crisped the (already toasted) seeds.  You can see they were also received with different levels of enthusiasm!
This child liked them - he said they tasted like salty popcorn, and I think he's right.  They were good!

Here's our jack-o-lantern! 
J is for jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween fun
Next time I'll tell you about our letter crafts, and some of the other fun learning activities we are enjoying!

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