Tomorrow will be the first Halloween event I have experienced in a school setting as a teacher! Our center is holding a “sticker treat,” in which families are coming to walk their kids from room to room in order to get Halloween-themed stickers – the children and some teachers will be in their costumes. I am not really sure if the whole day will be different, or just parts of it. The event states “all day,” but I have no sense about the setup for teachers and if students might be coming and going throughout the day (or if it won’t change much besides many people in costumes). I guess we will see what the day brings!
Teaching can be tough, so it is always important to remember the happy and successful days. Today was one of the days – we had a great time creating wreaths, and everyone helped each other out with ripping the tissue paper and spelling names. Naptime went smoothly (even though only a few friends were asleep) because the children were calm on their mats with puzzles and coloring. AND we had a new girl tour the room who loved it and her mom signed her up to start next week! The rest of this week should be fun since it is a Halloween sticker treat on Friday, and I have an earlier shift tomorrow which will make a difference with when I handle certain situations. Hurray to a good middle of the week!
There are many ways to incorporate math into the classroom and keep it exciting! Using candy is always a hit with children, and this teaches them useful skills like counting and graphing. October is a good month for these types of activities because it can connect to Halloween and Fall.
We have a Harvest Party coming up, and a Halloween social with the families this month. I think this activity could be fun because it helps the children organize the parts of the body AND they get a cheetos snack afterwards! It is an exciting way to learn science and the holiday for October.
I rediscovered Bunnicula off Nerdy Book Club, and am definitely reading it to my students around Halloween! It has the creepy elements but is about a bunny vampire joining the cat and dog in the family – their interpretations and experiences are too entertaining! I think it could be a very fun story for my pre-K students get into 🙂