Friday, October 30, 2015

We’ve been getting ready for Hallowe’en all week and we had a rollicking time today.

The classroom was decorated with a long paper chain. We made an orange and black pattern (for the most part) so there were math skills practiced. Lots of fine motor motor activity was involved in cutting the construction paper strips and taping them into links for the chain. Everyone painted a trick or treat bag practicing making a big circle with orange paint and sticking on paper shapes for jack-o-lantern eyes, noses, and mouths. We have a “spooky tree” decorated with bats and spiders made from egg cartons, paint, paper and pipe cleaners. We also painted and extravagantly glittered play dough shapes that we had cut out and dried last week. We spent a couple of days building and painting the big spider that you can see hanging in the window on the playground side of the building. On Monday we’ll vote on a name for it.

We voted today on what expressions we wanted on the pumpkin we (I) carved. The suggestions were scary, happy, sad, confused, spooky, scared or shouting “boo!”. Scary got the most votes. I had plenty of help scooping out the seeds which we roasted and had with snack.

While that was going on, Christy and her many assistants, mixed up a batch of green slime made from glue and liquid starch, sometimes called “Ooeey Gooey”. That will be around the classroom all next week.​

We all threw imaginary yucky things into the brew we stirred up at circle time. See if your child can remember any of the awful stuff that went into it.

Snack was quite an affair. We had orange tinted cream cheese to spread on rice cakes and raisins to put on to make a jack-o-lantern face. Carrots, grapefruit wedges, and pretzels accompanied the apple juice popsicles we made yesterday.

We barely had time for Eve to do the calendar and weather and to read “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything”.

Have a fun Hallowe’en tomorrow!

Kathy Mitchell

October 30, 2015