October means pumpkin learning experiences here! We love pumpkins, don't you? I'm going to share with you some of our pumpkin activities from this October (and there's still lots of October left incase you want to try some out!).
This teaches observation, how to find characteristics of living things, and how to classify living things.
1. You'll need some pumpkin pictures of different varieties.
I took all of 15 minutes one night to locate pumpkin variety pictures on the web, saved images to my desktop and then pasted them on an open powerpoint page. Then print.
2. Children will cut out the pumpkin pictures and group them by similarities.
3. Encourage them to think creatively. Don't just sort one way, say by color, but suggest textures, flat and round, etc. Help them classify the pumpkins in as many ways as they can.
4. Glue. After they have sufficiently classified, they may decide which classification they liked best and glue it.
5. It's fun to let Dad guess how they classified the pumpkins later when he comes home!
Pumpkin Life Cycle
This teaches the life cycle of a pumpkin. When we look at life cycles of plants and animals, we study similarities in God's amazing design. After all, God is a god of balance and we see that design feature in much of his creation (the seasons, migratory animals, human cycles, and animal cycles).
1. You can download my Pumpkins Activity unit on my shop here .
2. Allow children to either color or paint the life cycle. We painted because we like to paint!
3. Cut out each portion and order them.
4. Cut out a banner with construction paper the length of the cycle or use poster board, or large butcher paper.
5. Glue the steps of the pumpkin life cycle in order.
This is the second year I chose to do this activity! It's fun!
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Literature for October
I've been featuring some of our favorite fall books on my instagram feed. You'll want to check it out! Here, I'll share with you a hand-full October specific books we like.
The Pumpkin Patch Parable - This book was introduced to me by my life-long friend and veteran homeschool mom. It's a celebration of the pumpkin in light of the season. It compares the farmer cleaning out the pumpkin, giving it a face and lighting it to the beautiful work God can do to cleanse our hearts and make us new so we can shine our lights in a dark world.
The Little Old Lady who wasn't Afraid of Anything- This book is too cute! You have to get up and move for this one! "Two shoes go, "CLOMP", "CLOMP". One pair of pants goes "WIGGLE", "WIGGLE". One shirt goes "SHAKE", "SHAKE". Two gloves go "CLAP", "CLAP". One hat goes "NOD", "NOD" and one very scary pumpkin head says "BOO!", "BOO!". " But this collection of apparel isn't cut out to scare the little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything and she has better suggestion for it. Find out what happens! This story is great for pre-readers and emergent readers because it repeats words, so find a copy today!
The Hallo-wiener- This is just a silly and fun book. It's about Oscar, a wiener dog who goes out trick-or-treating- having a rough night in his hot dog costume (from his dear mother) as he is the object of his less than kind doggie friends who make fun of him. As the story takes a turn, his friends find their "Wiener Dog" friend to be a true "Hero Sandwich".
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The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck - We LOVE this book! The whole book rhymes! It's funny and silly, too! A class goes on a field trip and they take their gingerbread man along (this must be preschool or kindergarten). The gingerbread man has a nearly unfortunate encounter with Spot, the dalmatian, but in his getaway, he rides to a fire on a truck. He is one smart cookie because with no training at all, he fights the fire and returns a hero! (And everyone gets a plastic fire fighter hat to take home.) haha! *October is fire prevention month.
There are many more learning experiences and just plain fun things we all could do for this month and I'd love to hear what you and your little pumpkins are up to!
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