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Friday, July 18, 2014


October's theme is: Autumn and Halloween

I love this time of year! With the dressing up, imagination, creativity, and treats, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Last year, I was a princess, complete with a dragon, a knight in shining armor, and a jester. Dad was a wizard. We have so much fun! So imagine how excited I've been to do my lesson plans for this month!
First, here's the book list:

Books about Autumn/leaves

Leaf Man--Lois Ehlert
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf--Lois Ehlert
Autumn is Here!--Heidi Pross Gray
It's Fall--Linda Glaser
Leaf Jumpers--Carol Gerber
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt--Steve Metzger
Awesome Autumn--Bruce Goldstone
Mouse's First Fall--Lauren Thompson
Leaves--David Ezra Stein
Tap the Magic Tree--Christie Matheson
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves--Lucille Colandro

List is from:  http://www.pre-kpages.com/best-books-about-fall/

Books about Scarecrows

Scarecrows—Lola M. Schaefer
The Scarecrow’s Hat—Ken Brown
The Little Scarecrow Boy—Margaret Wise Brown
Scarecrow—Cynthia Rylant
The Scarecrow’s Dance—Jane Yolen

Books about Halloween

Tell Me a Scary Story...But Not Too Scary--Carl Reiner
Go Away Big Green Monster--Ed Emberley
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat--Lucille Colandro
Skeleton Hiccups--Margery Cuyler
Where is Baby's Pumpkin--Karen Katz
Mouse's Halloween Party--Jeanne Modesitt
Vunce Upon a Time--J. Otto Siebold & Siobhan Vivian
Dem Bones--Bob Barner
In the Haunted House--Eve Bunting
Wobble, the Witch Cat--Mary Calhoun
Inside a House that is Haunted--Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Peek-a-Boooo!--Marie Torres Cimarusti
Maisy's Halloween--Lucy Cousins
Pumpkin Eye--Denise Fleming
Ghosts in the House--Kazuno Kohara
AlphaOops: H is for Halloween--Althea Kontis
The Costume Copycat--Maryann MacDonald
The Perfectly Horrible Halloween--Nancy Poydar
Halloween Day--Anne Rockwell
Moonlight: The Halloween Cat--Cynthia Rylant
10 Trick-or-treaters--Janet Schulman
Big Pumpkin--Erica Silverman
Mouse's First Halloween--Lauren Thompson
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything--Linda D. Williams
Beneath the Ghost Moon--Jane Yolen
Spookley the Square Pumpkin--Jim Troiano
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
The Runaway Pumpkin--Kevin Lewis
From Seed to Pumpkin--Wendy Pfeffer
It's Pumpkin Time--Zoe Hall
Pumpkin, Pumpkin--Jeanne Titherington
Pumpkin Soup--Helen Cooper
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie--Jill Esbaum
Too Many Pumpkins--Linda White
The Very Best Pumpkin--Mark Kimball Moulton
Over in the Hollow--Rebecca Dickinson

Some great book lists:

Concepts to Learn:

 Gentlemen Training:

  • Times to be quiet: Inside/Outside Voice, Sitting still
  • Being gentle/kind to babies and animals
  • Patience/Waiting
  • What to do when you're scared
  • Taking your turn to talk


  • Letters E, F, G, H, and I
  • Sequencing: Putting events in order
  • Write a spooky story


  • Counting 1-20
  • Sorting
  • Measuring: Longest/shortest, biggest/smallest, lightest/heaviest
  • Basic adding with fingers


  • Colors: primary colors and making new colors by mixing colors
  • Shapes
  • Tracing

Science/Social Science:

  • Leaves/Trees
  • Leaves
  • Weather: wind and clouds


  • Rhymes and songs
  • Clapping a beat


Field Trip Ideas:

  • Go for a nature walk around the neighborhood
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Go for a drive in the mountains to see the changing leaves



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