Clearly, it has been awhile since I’ve kept up with my blog. Almost a year! WOW! We started school September 6. Within a 2 week period, I began homeschooling, volunteered to be the Moppets Coordinator for my MOPS group, and started a new job. WOW (yes, again!) . What an intense 6 weeks it has been! Somehow in the middle of all of that, I have managed to slip in some actual learning time. I admit, homeschooling has taken a backseat to my crazy life this last few months, but hopefully we’re back into the swing of things. Take a peak at just a few of the fantastically fun October Adventures we shared together ….
We kicked it off with a trip to the Pumpkin Patch! We played in the bouncy houses, visited the small petting zoo and raced around the hay maze for wee ones. Finally, we got to chop our own pumpkins off the vine. We had a blast with them – from slicing them off the vine to our final carving, we put those pumpkins through the ringer!
From there, we used our Pinterest Board to learn all about Pumpkins and built excitement for Halloween!
We learned about the Pumpkin Life Cycle
We made play dough Pumpkin Pie cupcakes
We read “Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin” over, and over … and over… and over…
We made a 5 Little Pumpkins craft and practiced the rhyme over … and over … and over…
We hot glued magnets to the back of spider rings and tacked them on the fridge. This was awesome for adding, subtracting, and forming letters out of magnets on the fridge.
We learned the parts of the pumpkin
and created a P”ump”kin Patch the practing reading “Ump” words
Baby Bug used Pumpkin seeds to make “P is for Pumpkin”
We cleaned and carved our first jackolantern of the year, completing a pumpkin investigation form to accompany it.
We made “Witches Brew” using baking soda, glitter, and green vinegar to watch the eruption / bubbling cauldron
We used green, purple and black play dough to make pretend witches, accompanied with glittery purple witches hats, goggly eyes, and tons of Halloween stampers.
We had a blast with our ghost bath … black water, spider rings hidden under the murk, and ghosts made of mounds of shaving cream!
We used Halloween grow capsules to experiment, predict and graph our results
One of my favorite finds – a set of ghost pearler beads from Party City – the kids had a blast making and remaking their ghosts!
I pre-painted canvases and used their hand and footprints to fun create Halloween decor !
Lastly, we sorted orange and yellow card stock squares and used them to make candy corn art. We enjoyed a tasty candy corn treat made from layered mandarin oranges, pineapple and whipped cream – fun and delicious!
What a fun month this has been! Little Bug’s birthday is on Halloween, so it makes this month a little crazy with Halloween parties, birthday celebrations and more – but somehow we got a good chunk of it in there! I can’t wait for next year – their complete joy o each holiday makes it magical once again!