We had a lot of fun things planned for Halloween day, so I held it over them until each thing happened! In the morning, we had Halloween Rotations. In my room, I talked about Halloween symbols and sorted them on the SMART Board and then they sorted Halloween Rings...they were extra excited when I told them they could keep one. In the other rooms they played Halloween Vocabulary Bingo, heard a ghost story, played musical chairs with Halloween music (I heard the howls all morning long!), and read Spookley and made a "square pumpkin" with a graham cracker and orange icing. Mrs. Domer took the kids around so I could teach my lesson to all 5 classes. I asked her to snap some pics! :)
Bingo with Mrs. McGregor
Ghost story with Ms. Reel
Musical Chairs with Mrs. Mitchell
I wonder who won?
Spookley with Mrs. Biggs!
Sorting in my room! :)
Sorry for the picture overload! Too cute not to post!
In the afternoon, I invited the parents to come carve pumpkins, decorate mini pumpkins, and have a Halloween snack. I am so thankful that I had several parents volunteer so I could take pics and enjoy my children while they each oversaw a group. The pumpkins looked great when they finished and the kids really enjoyed cleaning out the pumpkins.
When they finished carving pumpkins, I gave them some materials and let them decorate their mini pumpkins. Excitement overload! The pumpkins were ADORABLE!
Last, they decorated a sugar cookie (talk about sprinkles gone wild!) and had their snack of orange jello squares (Have you seen them at the Food Lion? So convenient!) and cheese puffs.
I somehow made it through the day even though we welcomed a 20th Kinder into our class in the middle of the day and I discovered a rotten mini pumpkin and almost got sick from the smell! I was tired from being on my feet all day, but it was worth it!
Now onto Thanksgiving! I just posted my Thanksgiving unit on TpT! Stop by and grab it if you need some ready made centers. There are enough for 2 weeks at least and lots of supplementary activities.
I have to go back to the Write from the Beginning and Beyond training Monday, so I left this shape worksheet for review while I was gone. I didn't want to leave a sub to introduce the new shapes. Enjoy this freebie!
Last but not least, I had to do some "homework" for my training and my students "wowed" me! We have just started writing on storybook paper because I have been focusing on details in illustrations. My homework was to have them write a sentence with because in it. Umm...some of my kids can't write their name and they can barely answer a because question and you want them to do what?! After
Teaching Kindergarten is so rewarding when you see that they can independently do something you've been working on. Those illustrations make my heart melt :)
This was a long post so if you are still with me - Thanks! I hope you have a great weekend :)