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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Preview

Staking blocks with a Jack o Lantern on top. I put a sticker 1-5 on each jack o lantern. They are hard to see in the picture but easy in “real life” :)



Writing Center: Purple and Orange paper, Decorative scrapbook paper from the target dollar spot(cut in fourths), Halloween pencils(target dollar spot), Halloween stickers (Target dollar spot). It cost me 3 dollars to put this together but totally worth it. I love putting out things that get the kids using their writing skills!003

Stamps and little books


Sorting Erasers (dollar store)


Pegs and Boards(dollar store)


Pouring Corn kernels


Tweezing Bats into their “Cave”


Peg game. The dice will stay in the Tupperware so that it doesn’t go all over the room. A little idea I picked up on Piterest!


Pumpkin Order and How a pumpkin grows.


Die cut shapes for art


Counting Pumpkins on counting mats


Sifting for Arachnids


Sorting Halloween colors into pumpkins


They can color on the white paper to test the crayons color



Small Group

(this is a time where I lead an activity with all of the children together)

Finish the Picture

I gave each child their choice of a sticker from a sticker book and they finished the picture. Then I wrote their words.


Water color painting was a huge hit! We will be doing it again soon.


Another day we worked together to complete a number train puzzle.


Lacing Beads


Word Puzzles


Work Time

Art and Writing

(Crayon rocks, new pencil grips, pens and paint cards from Lowes, collage materials with glue sticks)



(Push pins with cork coasters, puzzle turned magnets, Animal puzzle, butterfly life cycle puzzle, Pop together beads, shape puzzles)


Sensory Tub

(Theme: Colors! beads, pom poms, pipe cleaners, colored stones, nesting barrels, scoops and cups)


Circle Time

(This is where I lead the children in Calendar time, Learning board, finger play songs and a story read by me)


Every circle time we choose one element on our learning board to play a game with. The children's favorite game is to find some thing in the room.

Here they looked for 3 things and then took turns showing the rest of the class and all counting together.


Here they all looked for something green.


Here we focused on our first Country and talked about the coins, money, animals, and flag.


Can’t wait to fill in the rest!


Play Time

(free play in the playroom until moms pick up, There are many more toys but this is what I took pictures of)

Pizza Play, Mr. Potato Head, Fire Station



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Telling Time


Source: via Samantha on Pinterest">I saw this idea for telling time on Pinterest! I love
Pinterest! I decided to create my own but with a few twists! Caden has been interested in time for over a year(He’s about to be 5) so I bought a clock for our playroom for 4 bucks at Wal-Mart. I created a few paper clocks to demonstrate the times of common events in our day. I also put a paper adjustable clock from the dollar store(pack of 4 that I replaced with a new brad in the middle to make it tighter) so that if something is coming up that day I can show him what time it will be when the event occurs.013

One interesting concept of time for Caden is that there are 2 7o’clocks! It’s pretty much the only time he sees 2 timesSmile Unless he stays up late or gets up too earlyWinking smile

Monday, October 3, 2011

Halloween Arachnid Match Up!

This is NOT on our shelves YET!

I am putting together some fun Halloween inspired activities and I am sharing them early incase you’d like to try them with your little oneSmile

To do this activity the child uses a slotted spoon or tweezers, or their hands to sift out the arachnids one at a time. Then they match them to the pictures.


I bought the spiders for a dollar at the target dollar spot(all in a pack but I added the scorpion from some other bugs I had). The big Halloween bowl is also from the target dollar spot. I just bought these so they should still have them. Now pour in some riceSmile


To make the photo matching page, put all of your items onto a white sheet of printer paper(thanks for the tip Chasing Cheerios!). Take a picture from right up above it in a very well lit room. I upped the contrast and then the brightness to make my background whiter. Then print it and put it in a page protector(I put a piece of cardstock in with it to firm it up)