10 Little Pumpkins and lots of Halloween fun
This week in the Acorn Preschool the children have been preoccupied with thoughts about Halloween. They have described what they do at Halloween and used these thoughts to help them adapt the story ‘Where’s Spot?’ With a Halloween theme, they invented ‘Where’s the Ghost?’ As you search through the house, you find witches, zombies, dragons, spiders, a skeleton, an eyeball and a pumpkin! Adapting a familiar story in this way helps the children to build their verbal story-telling skills, preparing for early writing experiences. We finished the week with some trick or treating around the classrooms to gather some goodies to eat at our Halloween party.
This story has also really helped the children with developing their positional language. Please use this language with your child as you play hide and seek around the house – modelling the language ‘Is he/she inside the cupboard/ under the table/ in the bathroom/ next to the fridge?’
In PE, the spooky theme continued with the children moving in a variety of ways, looking like Halloween characters. In the role-play area the children dressed up in spooky costumes and made spells and potions. The children have loved making a variety of spooky inspired craft – including using red paint for blood writing, and tissue paper to wrap and create mummies.
The song of the week “10 Little Pumpkins” has helped the children with counting from 1-10 and back again. This song also helped the children with individually separating their fingers as they put each ‘little pumpkin’ up in the air. Helping young children to be able to focus on and move each individual finger will help them with developing their skills needed for writing. Play a game with your child at home, ask them to copy and touch each finger at a time with their thumb, or raising each finger individually as you sing 10 Little Pumpkins.
Stars of the day this week were Myleigh and Larsson – well done to you both.
Wishing you all a restful half term holiday filled with laughter and family time. We look forward to welcoming you back to hear about your Halloween parties and trick and treating.