I know an old lady who swallowed a pie

What a fun week leading up to Thanksgiving break!   The kids were really into I know an old lady who swallowed a pie.  By Wednesday, they could tell me what she would eat next without me reading it.    On Monday we made  paper plate pumpkin pies, which I don't have pictures of.  It was fun to see the kids trying to cut their pie in four pieces and sprinkling glitter on it.  Wednesday we did a different twist from the book and talked about the things we were thankful for and made hand print thankful trees.  I few of my favorite answers....all of which they came up with on their own:  toilet paper and helping Mom with the dryer.  I think they really caught on to the things that they loved in their life. :) 

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few pictures from the week:

Sydney and Bronwen doing play-doh at free play

Our math lesson one day was Turkey shape count.  They had to count how many ovals and triangles on their turkeys.

Noah and Evan during Centers.  Spelling their names with magnet letters.

A few of their thankful trees.


The Runaway Pumpkin

The kids had a terrific time with The Runaway Pumpkin.  We took a walk on Tuesday and rolled pumpkins down the hill.  We used this as a math lesson as well - counted the number of times it rolled over. 
On Thursday, we all dressed up and went trick or treating.  Ryder at first had a Captain America costume on, but changed his mind and decided he didn't want a costume.  Instead he pretended he was a zombie.  I wish you could have seen it- he walked just like a zombie.  He was so cute. 
The second math lesson was also tied into the book as we made pumpkin muffins.  We talked about fractions in cooking.  I think it was a bit over their heads, however, Bronwen and Noah were especially interested. 
The kids were pretty good.  At one point, they were all being too noisy, as I was trying to do the journal writing.  I used my stern voice and told them to be quiet.  Little Ryder looked up at me and said, "My mom is nice to me."  He cracks me up.                                                                                            ------Christine 
Crafts and projects from The Runaway Pumpkin week.


The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything

This week (actually, last week) we read the book, "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything".  In the book the lady is followed by items that make up a scarecrow.  I used my hideous plant hooks that still adorn my ceilings to tie up all the items for our scarecrow. 

Writers Workshop.  I really like this.  I couldn't wait to see Noah's book, and when I read through it I about died.  I watch T.V.  was almost every story. :)  WHAT!!  I was laughing so hard.  Some of the other stories were great as well. 

Getting ready for the book.  The kids got used to me saying, "Wait, I need a picture".  It's second nature to my kids, but the others caught on quickly.

Our activity and craft was to make our own scarecrow.  We got all the clothes down from the ceiling and then the kids stuffed him with straw.  

Evan and Noah stuffing the pants

Paige, Noah and Evan lasted the longest with the straw stuffing.  The others petered out slowly and Calli said the straw was too itchy. :)

Ryder and Noah sorting money (looks more like tossing money) for centers.

Lincoln and Evan looking over snake, reptile and bug books. 

Calli and Paige making colander creations.

My two cheesers - Bronwen and Sydney doing robot and fairy magnet things. 
Our letters were O and P.  We learned about Ollie's Octopus Stew.  The kids got to see what 'O' things Ollie put in his stew and stir away. 
We didn't actually do this one since we ran out of time (since we didn't do letters for the party I tried to do both this day), but this pretend pennies store was going to be a cute one. 
The kids practicing their O's and P's.  They were excited to write on my windows.  I told them fairly sternly that they can ONLY write on my windows, so hopefully they don't try this at home.

And finally, we all (well, I just realized that Callie is MIA - she must have followed Lincoln in after he got his picture taken :) ) took turns getting their picture taken with our scarecrow.  They were so excited and proud to come out and see him all put together.  What a fun week. 

Halloween Party

I had a beautiful butterfly (Bronwen), a Hello Kitty Witch (Paige), a viscous pirate (Evan), an adorable cat (Sydney), a cute Little Red Riding Hood (Calli), a happy Luigi (Lincoln), and an angry bird (Noah) all come to pre-school to learn some {Halloween} tricks.  
(We missed little Ryder, but glad he didn't come give us the pukies)

We started off the morning with a healthy game of [hanging doughnut eating]. The kids got pretty good at using their tongues to control the moving target. I think I enjoyed watching them as much as they did playing/eating it.

The boys turn.  Lincoln and Paige were probably the best (didn't cheat and use their hands) at eating the moving target. 

We had some free play, and again, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them interact.  I hear a lot of "come home on time, sweetie" and "i'm going to marry lincoln".  A few "you're going to jail" and "you're the bad guys" from the boys. 

Sweet 4 year old crush. 

We played pin the face on the Jack-o-lantern.  Actually we tried to make a face on the door - blind folded and a little dizzy. 

Witch broom party favors, filled with fun and yummy goodies.
Our craft turned out cute - I thought.  I used their names that they signed in with, and cut them out.  The kids helped me glue them on and then 'sort of' helped me cut out the arms, legs and head.  Then the kids glued the head and extremities onto their name skeletons. 
We were all a little crazy, but I didn't expect anything less.  I was told a few time (mainly from the girls) what we were SUPPOSED to be doing, and I had to explain that today was a special day and we would return to our NORMAL activities on Wednesday.