Friday, November 26, 2010

Hiding Gobbles for Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving one of the many books we read was Run, Turkey, Run. By Diane Mayr. The book is about a turkey who is trying to hide from Farmer so he does not become Thanksgiving dinner. One of the many activities we did for this book was to disguise our classroom turkey Gobbles using costumes from Build-a-Bear Workshop. The kids loved it. They created SpiderGobbles, Fireman Gobbles, Cheerleader Gobbles, Darth Vader Gobbles, and such. The turkey was purchased from Build-a-Bear Workshop with stuff points from their Stuff Club Program. The costumes were purchased around Halloween when the store had plenty in stock. The manager (a former student's parent) of our local store knows we use their animals in our curriculum and sends e-mails when items on our wish list are on sale/clearance. She also lets us know when a new animal we may want becomes available.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Haunting We Will Go

Since we live in a very small, very rural community the Pre-K department decided to celebrate Halloween we would experience Trick-or-Treating. Most of our kids had been trick-or-treating before but only to relatives or  they have gone to the Fall Festivals held by local churches. Very few had actually went door to door trick-or-treating. We asked our new principal about trick-or-treating the teachers in our building. He was game and we had around 95% of the teachers sign up to participate. Our parents brought in small trinkets or toys for the teachers to pass out instead of candy. We spent an hour and a half going from classroom to classroom saying trick-or-treat and thank you. The children loved it. It was a great experience for all ages.