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Friday, August 8, 2014

October Week 3

Month: October
Week 3
Gentlemen Training:
Patience and Waiting

Watch Daniel Tiger Episode 113: Daniel Waits for Show and Tell/ A Night Out at a Restaurant

Have them watch a clock, hourglass, or timer for a minute. Talk about how sometimes we have to wait and be patient. Talk about examples when we might have to wait: at the store, at the doctor’s office, for dinner, to take a turn playing with a toy, waiting in line for something. Think of things we can do while we are waiting: sing a song, play a game, count, say the alphabet, etc.
Do an activity together such as baking a cake (from start to finish) to help kids practice waiting. Talk during the process about when you are waiting and what is happening.
Each day practice waiting for something: for example, “Let’s wait two minutes before we eat lunch” or “Let’s wait one minute before we get out the blocks”. Practice waiting strategies.
Here’s some parenting ideas:

Day One
Sing the Alphabet Song.
The letter this week is G. Practice tracing the letter with our finger, saying the letter, and saying the sound.
Do the pumpkin letter draw: Have the letters of the alphabet in a plastic pumpkin. The kids take turns drawing out a letter and then they need to find the letter on their letter template and stamp that letter.
Could use the Halloween alphabet cards (to draw from the pumpkin) from:

Read another 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
Math:  Activities from pumpkin unit from: http://ateachingmommy.com/2011/10/pumpkins-expanded/

Spin and graph pumpkins
Pumpkin measure
Which is different?
Size sequencing from tot pack
Science/Social Studies:
Use flashcards to talk about different emotions.
Make paper plate pumpkins from:
Have kids make different faces for different emotions and take lots of pictures!
Paint embroidery hoop orange and let child place face inside circle to become a “jack-o-lantern.” (You could also paint a paper plate orange and cut out the center.) Or we could use the paper plate pumpkins we made for our social science activity. Sing this song:
We are Pumpkins (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
We are pumpkins, big and round Big and round, big and round. We are pumpkins, big and round, Sitting on the ground.
See our great big shining eyes, Shining eyes, shining eyes See our great big shining eyes Shining all around
See our happy laughing mouths Laughing mouths, laughing mouths See our happy laughing mouths Smiling right at you.
Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin? (Tune: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)

Oh, once I had a pumpkin. A pumpkin, a pumpkin Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all. With no eyes, and no nose, and no mouth, and no teeth Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
So I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-latern So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face With a big eyes and big nose and big mouth and big teeth So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face
Mr. Pumpkin (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)
Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin, Eyes so round, eyes so round Halloween is coming, Halloween is coming
To my town, to my town
Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Poem
To scare some folks on Halloween, I’ll tell you what I’ll do,
I’ll hide behind this pumpkin face, And then I’ll yell... BOO!
Ring Around the Pumpkins (Tune: Ring Around the Rosies)
Ring around the pumpkins Pocket full of spiders
Boo! Boo!
We all fall down!
The ghosts are in the meadow Drinking witches’ brew

Boo! Boo!
We all stand up!

Ten Little Pumpkins
(tune: 10 Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little pumpkins,
Four little, five little, six little pumpkins,
Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins,
Ten pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.
~ Author Unknown
(tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little pumpkin short and stout;
Here are my eyes and here is my mouth.
When it's Halloween and you are out,
Just lift my lid and hear me shout.
~ Author Unknown

Make pumpkin paper plate shakers: Paint backs of two paper plates orange. Add jack o’ lantern faces. Tape a popsicle stick to the bottom of one of the plates. Put some pumpkin seeds, rice, or beans between the plates and staple the two plates together.
We could also play with some pumpkin pie playdough:
Pumpkin Pie Playdough

Create pumpkin pie playdough. Using a pumpkin cookie cutter, cut out pumpkins. You could also place cut-out pumpkins in mini pie pins or tins from pot pies to create own pumpkin pies.
5 1⁄2 c. flour
 2 c. salt 
8 tsp. cream of tartar 
3⁄4 c. oil
 1 container (1.5 oz) pumpkin pie spice
 Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow/1 part red)  4 c. water
Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all the lumps disappear. Knead the dough on floured surface until it is smooth. Store in airtight container. Remind children not to taste!

Day Two
Sing the alphabet song.
Focus is on the letter g. G is for ghosts and goblins! Write capital and small letters A-G on ghosts and have kids match the ghosts.
Read a ghost book:
In the Haunted House—Eve Bunting
Inside a House that is Haunted—Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Ghosts in the House—Kazuno Kohara

Since my kids are younger, I’m going to have dots (or something spooky) on the house for the kids to count and then match the number ghost to the number of dots.
Science/Social Studies:
Today we will learn about wind and clouds. We will be using pages from the weather packet found at: http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2012/04/free-weather-unit-for-ages-3-9.html
Wind: Make a pinwheel and practice blowing softly and harder on the pinwheel to make it spin.
Do the wind experiment by having various objects and dropping them. Measure how far each object moves. Preferably do this outside. We could also use a fan again or blow on objects to make them move.
Clouds: Look at the different types of clouds and what they mean. Make a cloud picture with cotton balls. Keep track of the different clouds for the rest of the month.

Read the chocolate chip ghost story (color ghost story).
Do the color ghost matching activity from:

Ideas for craft:
Paper plate ghost from:

Paper cup ghost from:

Songs and rhymes about ghosts:
One Little Ghost
One little ghost flew down the street.
(Wave hand through the air.)
“I wonder,” he said, “what I will meet–
(Place finger to temple, thinking.)
One hairy spider,
(Hold up one finger, then move hand like spider.)
Two black cats,
(Hold up two fingers, then put two fingers from each hand on head for cat ears.)
Three wild witches with pointy hats,
(Hold up three fingers, then place fingertips of hands together to form hat.)
Four old owls in a hollow tree,
(Hold up four fingers, then form an oval with both hands for eyes to look through.)
And five brother bats to fly with me!
(Hold up five fingers, then hook thumbs of both hands together and flap fingers for bat wings.)
We Three Ghosts
(tune: We Three Kings)
We three ghosts of Halloween are
Scaring kids who wander too far.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Beware the Halloween Star.
Star of darkness, star of fright.
Star of every gruesome sight.
West winds howling, cats a-yowling,
Let us play some tricks tonight!
Halloween Ghost 
There once was a ghost, (extend hand and wiggle fingers)
Who lived in a cave. (form hollow with palm for “cave”)
She scared all the people (point to children)
And the animals away.
She said “Boo” to a fox, (point)
She said “Boo” to a bee, (point)
She said “Boo” to a bear, (nod head “yes”)
She said “Boo” to me! (point at self)
Well, she scared that fox, (nod head “yes”)
And she scared that bee. (nod head “yes”)
She scared that bear, (nod head “yes”)
But she didn’t scare me! (shake head “no”)
Five Little Ghosts
Five little ghosts flying through the door,
One flew away and then there were four.
Four little ghosts spooky as can be,
One flew away and then there were three.
Three little ghosts drinking Halloween brew,
One flew away and then there were two.
Two little ghosts having lots of fun,
One went home and then there was one.
One little ghosts a real superhero,
Went to help a friend and then were was zero!
This Old Ghost
(tune: This Old Man) also use obvious actions
This old ghost, he played one,
He played peek-a-boo on the run
With a boo! boo! boo! and a clap, clap, clap
This old ghost is a friendly chap
Two: peek-a-boo in a shoe
Three: peek-a-boo behind a tree
Four: peek-a-boo near a door
The Ghost in the House
(tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The ghost in the house goes “boo boo boo,
Boo boo boo, boo boo boo”
The ghost in the house goes “boo boo boo”
On Halloween
Other verses:
The steps in the house go “creak creak creak”
The cats in the house go “meow meow meow”
The mice in the house go “squeak squeak squeak”
The people in the house go “eak eak eak”
We also added other creatures ( monsters, skeletons, mummies etc.) and made up our own sounds for them!

Make ghosts out of some white balloons. Have the kids try to blow the ghosts to a finish line, kick the ghosts to the finish line, bounce the ghost up in the air to the finish line, etc. We could also toss the ghost to each other or try to see how long we can keep the ghost in the air.

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