I don't know about other kindergarten classrooms, but I try to keep Halloween pretty low key. We have been having a great time with some of my favorite Halloween stories: Room on the Broom, Big Pumpkin, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, The Vanishing Pumpkin, and Too Many Pumpkins. I have been doing some research about anchored vocabulary instruction, and these seasonal books are filled with wonderful words like shrieked, vanished, and rapscallion which make interesting words for lessons. It makes me smile when children point out the recurrence of words that we have targeted. Next week we will be using pirate books for our literacy work; it seemed fitting for Halloween week. On Halloween day we will be watching Spookley the Square Pumpkin. If you are not familiar with that book/movie, you should be sure to give it a look. It has a strong character education focus, and the kiddos really enjoy it. I show it every year for Halloween. I would like to hear what you do in your classroom at this time of year.
I don't want you to think we have no fun at all. I created a set of Halloween activities to fill our math and literacy centers. A brief preview is posted above. My class is enjoying them, so I decided to have a last minute give-away to launch my blog. If you would like to have a copy to use in your classroom, just follow my blog. Leave a comment which includes your email address, and I will make sure you get a copy! This offer is open until Halloween.