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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

October Week 2

Month: October
Week 2
Gentlemen Training:
Being gentle and kind to babies and animals
Talk about how we need to be gentle with babies and animals to show them that we love them and to keep them safe from getting hurt.
Demonstrate how to touch an arm gently and then guide their hand to touch your arm gently. Repeat softly, “Gentle.”
Read one (or more) of these books:
Be Gentle—Virginia Miller
Hands Are Not for Hitting—Martine Agassi
Tails are Not for Pulling—Elizabeth Verdick
Be Gentle with the Dog Dear—Matthew Baek

Practice playing gently with a stuffed animal, giving lots of praise when they are being extra careful and gentle.

Here’s a website for books about welcoming a new baby in the home:

Day One
Literacy: The Letter F
Sing the Alphabet Song.
Look at the letter F. What does it look like? Practice tracing it with our fingers. What does it sound like? Glue leaves to an F.
Read a Scarecrow book.
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

Do math activities from:
--How many crows?
--Number order puzzle
--Roll and graph scarecrows
--Scarecrow graph cards
--Scarecrow size sort
Science/Social Studies:
Talk about the four seasons we have each year. Use the seasons spinner and seasons booklet to explain.
Do the What Do You Wear in_______________________ activity. We could either have the kids dress up in different clothes for each season (a coat, shorts, etc.) or sort some clothes by season, or we could do a simple magnet board dress-up activity.

Make season trees.
More ideas for making a season tree:

Make a scarecrow focusing on shapes:
Either the shape scarecrow or paper plate scarecrow from:

Movement: Scarecrow rhymes and dance
Five Crows All Shiny Black (Five Green and Speckled Frogs)
Five crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow’s back,
Eating some most delicious corn.
Yum, yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted, “Boo!”
Scared a crow and away he flew;
Now there are four black shiny crows.
Caw! Caw!

Flippy-Floppy Scarecrow
I’m a flippy-floppy scarecrow. (flap in the wind like a scarecrow)
I’m stuffed with lots of hay (nod head yes)
I take a stand out in the field, (stand still with arms out)
And scare all the crows away. (make a scary face, flap arms, shout boo)

One Little Scarecrow
One little scarecrow (hold up one finger)
To chase off the crows.
When the wind blows (blow)
This is how he goes:
He flops to the left (flop body to the left)
He flaps to the right (flap arms to the right)
He spins all around (spin in a circle)
Oh, what a silly sight!

Old Black Crow (Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
The old black crow is flying around,
Flying around, flying around. (flap arms and fly around)
The old black crow is flying around,
Flying around my garden.
So then I put my scarecrow up,
My scarecrow up, my scarecrow up. (Put arms out to the side like a scarecrow)
So then I put my scarecrow up,
To scare the old black crow.
It’s working now, ‘cause he’s on the run,
On the run, on the run.
It’s working now ‘cause he’s on the run,
Goodbye, you old black crow! (Wave goodbye)

*Play Scarecrow Says (Simon Says).

Day Two
The letter f. Try to think of as many words as you can that start with the letter f. Do the F worksheet from: http://supersimplelearning.com/resource-center/wp-content/plugins/s2member-files/letter-recognition-phonics-f-lowercase-bw.pdf

Do the pumpkin patch letter order game from: http://www.filefolderfun.com/SubjectPumpkins.html.
Read a pumpkin book.
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin—Karen Katz
Pumpkin Eye—Denise Fleming
Spookley the Square Pumpkin—Jim Troiano
The Runaway Pumpkin—Kevin Lewis
Pumpkin Soup—Helen Cooper
Pumpkin Heads!—Wendell Minor
It’s Pumpkin Time—Zoe Hall
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever—Steven Kroll
The Pumpkin Patch—Elizabeth King
Pumpkin Day!—Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Too Many Pumpkins—Linda White
The Pumpkin Fair—Eve Bunting
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin—Margery Cuyler
The Pumpkin Circle—George Levenson
Pumpkin Town—Katie McKay
Pumpkin Hill—Elizabeth Spurr
The Littlest Pumpkin—R.A. Herman

5 Little Pumpkins rhyme
Make a pumpkin glove or finger puppets beforehand and do the rhyme together.
We could also use the free printable little book from:

Finger puppet ideas:

Pumpkin Seed Counting

Create circles out of orange paper or use orange paper plates as “pumpkins.” Write numerals on each pumpkin, and ask child to match the correct number of pumpkin seeds to each pumpkin. (Example: Match 5 seeds to the pumpkin with the numeral 5 written on it.)
Science/Social Studies:
All about pumpkins from:

Pumpkin Investigations

Explore a pumpkin with some of the following investigations:
   Ask children to guess how much yarn it will take to measure around the pumpkin.’s circumference They can cut the yarn they believe will be the right amount. Then perform actual measurements with yarn and compare real circumference yarn to your guess.
   Weigh the pumpkin. What else do you think would be a similar weight?
   Guess if the pumpkin will sink or float and see if you’re right!
Grow Pumpkin Seeds

Save one of your pumpkin seeds and let it sprout in a ziplock bag with a wet paper towel. You could also plant your pumpkin seed!
Read Yellow Pumpkin, Yellow Pumpkin (focus is on colors) from:
Make 5 Little Pumpkins craft stick puppets from:
Pumpkin outlines from:
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Sitting on a wall. (children sit down)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Tip and fall.  (children fall over)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Rolling down the street. (children roll on floor)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Trick or treat! (shout "Trick or treat!")
~ Author Unknown
Pumpkin bowling

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