When thinking about the 5 practices of Every Child Ready to Read, we talked about vocabulary, and how there are so many opportunities at holiday time to build your child's vocabulary. Halloween words like skeleton, spooky, vampire, and creepy are not generally used in everyday language. By talking about the things a child will see at Halloween, and the emotions of Halloween, you are building vocabulary and getting your child ready to read!
|Click, Clack, Boo! By Doreen Cronin|
|Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood|
Did you see my Flannel Friday contribution for Halloween? If not, click HERE. I created a new rhyme and original felt pieces to talk about how costumes can be scary, but we always need to remember that costumes are just pretend, especially on Halloween night.
That's a Costume (by Miss Sue)
Over there I see a Ghost, my oh my a scary Ghost!
Mom says "no, its all OK. That's a costume. Take it away...
and you'll see it's your good friend Sheep!
Out on Halloween night!
The rhyme continues with the other costumes and characters. My Flannel Friday Post has a lot more information on this rhyme and the felts.
This went over so well with the families. Many moms thanked me for them and asked for copies of my templates to make at home. The kids caught on with the rhyme and were repeating it with me, or just shouting out the animal names as they were revealed. It was so fun to see something I created be so enjoyed.
After the fingerplay/felts, we did our Halftime dance, and then back to the books!
|Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds|
Did you see Roving Fiddlehead Kid Lit's Flannel Friday Post about Creepy Carrots?? Here are the ones I made from their templates, but there is a rhyme that goes with it too! I ran out of time during both story times this week, but I was glad to make a set for us to use whenever we pull out Creepy Carrots.
|The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills|
|Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas|
And our craft this week! I used wax paper to draw the candy corn outline (I used a coloring page as a template). The kids put tissue paper squares in each of the three sections. When the glue dries, they carefully cut out the candy corn so the outline of the candy stays defined. Then they can put their candy corn in the window to catch the light! It is an easy craft and the kids loved working on it. It also helps fine motor skills.
YAY Halloween! The kids loved being in costume, they loved seeing Miss Sue as The Cat in the Hat, and everyone had a great time as this year's "Boo To You" Story Time! Onward to Thanksgiving!