Its that time of year when the holidays come one after another. November is the month of gratitude and love. Its about remembering our past and about giving thanks. The Mayflower was among the first set of boats to bring settlers to the US. Times were hard back then. Weather, battle, food shortage, it was […]
Bring Fall into your classroom Why am I sharing these fantastic fall bulletin ideas with you? Winter is great because it has snow and fun holidays, spring brings butterflies and sunshine, and summer needs no explanation (ice cream, beaches, vacation and lazy days) but Fall? What does the autumn season have to offer us? Actually […]
All Autumn long I am excited to teach about Thanksgiving, as its themes are always relevant and great lessons for us all. Talking about family, thankfulness, reunions, comparing the harrowing American journey of the Pilgrims to our own lives, and the importance of hosting and making food and crafts for others are all ways that […]
Now that Fall has officially arrived, we are thrilled to see the leaves changing colors and sweaters and boots being worn. Best of all, it’s time for some great fall activities. From hay rides to apple and pumpkin picking, to pumpkin carving, to Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are countless great ways to celebrate the season. […]
After my class went on our annual fall nature walk (we do one every season), I decided to come up with some new autumn craft ideas instead of the traditional (yet classic) leaf rubbings. So for our preschool fall craft we took a new twist on leaf rubbings to create bouquets of “leaves” in recycled […]
With the start of the school year, I have been trying to think of the best back to school craft for kids at home as well as in the classroom. Kids apple crafts always come to mind at this time of year, because of the “apple for the teacher” as well as because apples […]
Costumes, Creepy-Crawlies and Candy. The three “C”s of Halloween. My kids love dressing up and they love being scared, but if you ask them, October 31st is all about the candy. I remember when I was young, holding tight to my parents’ hands and scrambling from door to door, ringing doorbells, shouting “Trick or treat!” at the top of my lungs, and waiting for enthusiastic reactions to my costume. Oh, and the candy. Of course, the candy. And when my siblings and I got home, dumping out our pillowcases onto the dining room table and comparing our loot. That was the best part of all!
October is here and it’s almost time for our family’s annual visit to the pumpkin patch. My kids are really looking forward to the trip, to picking out the perfect pumpkins for carving and for decorating our porch, and to the hot apple cider we always get as a treat. While they’re waiting for the trip, we’re making pumpkin crafts.
I was looking for a more traditional fall craft for this week, but when I came across this adorable felt craft for kids, I literally laughed (well, OK, giggled) out loud.
The leaves are falling and with them the acorns, nuts, and seeds, which means there are squirrels aplenty running happily around our neighborhood, stocking up for winter. Watching the squirrels busily gathering the acorns outside our school window gives me the perfect opportunity to talk to my students about how different animals prepare to get through the cold winter. I also tell them Aesop’s fable about the Grasshopper and the Ant – the ant who collects food in the autumn while his friend the grasshopper is too busy playing to prepare and then ends up with no food to last him through the winter.