The Day After Halloween...

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  1. gpsysngbrd

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    What do you do? Do you continue with a Halloween theme?
     
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  3. Ted

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    This year, our district has blessed us with a Learning Day/In-Service.

    We all love when these fall on November 1. :)
     
  4. Blue

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    No, I hate Halloween. I have a fall unit this time of year, so I continue that.
     
  5. gpsysngbrd

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    I'm not big on it either but my director is big on holidays. Hallways are already decorated but I refuse to decorate until next week. We're having a party (because were "supposed to"). Not excited about this. Friday should be a holiday or Halloween always on Friday
     
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    Fortunately for me, I'm in a Catholic school-- it's All Saint's Day and we're off :)

    But it's also November 1st... you can start talking about November themes: Election Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving,
     
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    We have field day, I'm thrilled!
     
  8. WaProvider

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    I wouldn't change themes, because the kids are strung out. I called it Sugar Coma day....and we just sort of got through the day. Same themes....maybe some light packing. If they were doing ok, I would start my self portraits or something for the portfolio summary that comes up in Nov.
     
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    I'm one of the ones who doesn't do a Halloween theme. We did a Pumpkin Unit --
    Science: Plants: seed, sprout, baby plant, leaves, vine, etc.
    Math: colors, counting with ten frame, sorting, categorizing and ordering by size (small-medium-large)
    ELA: sequencing life cycle, story retelling and associated art projects .

    Last year after Halloween we took a pumpkin, cut the top off and filled it with potting soil. It didn't take long for sprouts to appear; then we had vines! It's best to put it in a dish pan, because it gets messy as the pumpkin rots. It was a really neat experience; the kids loved watering the vines and taking care of the pumpkin. Our janitor dug a hole for us to plant it in and watered it during vacation for us. It was a successful Pinterest item!
     
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    I like that pumpkin idea, Gimet! I also don't do the Halloween theme, but I love fall and anything agriculture-related. I'll have to try it out.
     
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    In preschool?
     
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    Day of the Dead?
     
  13. Grammy Teacher

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    We will have a Halloween Party on Thursday (Halloween Day) costumes and no sugar treats, a short Little Bear Movie if we have time. Friday is November 1st. I will work on getting my walls and ceiling cleared of decorations/art work from October while the kids play in their favorite centers and help me put their things away.
    I will offer a pumpkin painting page and read a fall story.
    November 4th. we will begin our hibernation unit and I want the room ready for that.
    We don't talk about elections (as someone mentioned.)
     
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    I did what Grammy speaks of. On occasion, if the children were ready to hear me....I would speak of how our voting (for fav food or for activity choice) is really just a child's version of what the grown ups do at election time. If the children are aware of the candidates we might run a mock vote....but not on issues. More often we would vote for what face to carve on a pumpkin, or what snack to have.

    Voting and graph reading go together and it was a math learning objective for us.
     
  15. Gimet

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    We also cover voting/ making choices (it's actually one of our Social Study standards.) I made an activity where children voted "yes" and "no" on 10 questions and did a graph of responses. Then we voted on chocolate milk or white milk for lunch. They ALWAYS voted chocolate, until last year and we had a tie!
     
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    Maybe you could ask parents to send in a bag of m &Ms or skittles so you could do a candy sort. Of course that means you would need a bag for those who didn't bring. You could graph who brought skittles or m&m's . Just have circles drawn & write in your colors. Could be a fun way to wrap it up....
     
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    Diz, I don't give the kids any candy because I like a nice calm class! Thanks for the idea though!
     
  18. Gimet

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    We're nut free--which eliminates M&Ms and lots of other good food!
     
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    Bummer... I was just trying to think of something...colors, counting!!!

    What about a box of frankenberry, the blue one or count chocula... sort & count marshmallows to cereal.

    Could you do it at the end of the day...on their way home...just like gparents!!! LOL!!!
     
  20. Gimet

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    Food allergies are serious and can be life threatening; our students have Emergency Action Plans to address their special medical needs.
     
  21. DizneeTeachR

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    I'm not saying it's not serious...did you read I put Bummer!!!

    The other comment was to Grammy who said she liked a nice calm class!!!

    Geesh...not causing a stir... just making a suggestion. Take it or leave it!!!
     

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