October Tot School Recap – 2014


As you can see from the pictures, we had a busy and fun month in Tot School!! Below is my quick recap:

Once again, I’m getting my base lesson plan from this website, Twinsane in the Membrane.

As taken from her blog, the learning goals of this month were:

Letters: D, E, and F
Number: 1
Color: Orange
Shape: Oval
Themes: pumpkins, fall, and baking

We did most of the activities listed, plus:

The Gospel Pumpkin – Happy Home Fairy (on pie-sized pumpkins) – skipped this one due to time, but it’s such a great one, so I hope to do it next year!

The Pumpkin Gospel or The Pumpkin Patch Parable – We read both of these while carving our pumpkin!

Acorn Painting – Still haven’t done it, but still plan to if we can find time!

We also did some pumpkin bowling and pumpkin obstacle courses!


We also read some books, such as:

The Pumpkin Patch Parable

The Pumpkin Gospel

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin?

Pinkalicious – Pink or Treat?

Olivia Loves Halloween

A Pumpkin Prayer

The Berenstain Bears Happy Halloween

I Love You, Little Pumpkin

The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin – We watched the video of this one, and it wasn’t as great as I expected. I still love the book, though!

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

Biscuit’s Pet and Play Halloween

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Pumpkins – by Jacqueline Farmer


And we did some fingerplays/songs:

Oval video – very helpful and fun

Orange Song – Frog Street Press – always fun

Pumpkin, Pumpkin – They loved this one! We even got a cute video with it!
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Sitting on a wall (have children sit down)
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Tip and fall (have children tip over)
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Rolling down the street (child rolls on floor)
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Trick or treat!!!! 
Five Little Pumpkins – Fun but not a favorite surprisingly!
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (show 5 fingers)
The first one said, (1 finger)
“Oh, my, it’s getting late.” (hands on cheeks)
The second one said, (2 fingers)
“There are people everywhere.” (look around) – modified version
The third one said, (3 fingers)
“But we don’t care.” (wag pointer finger)
The fourth one said, (4 fingers)
“Let’s run and run and run.” (move arms like you’re running)
The fifth one said, (5 fingers)
“I’m ready for some fun.” (punch up w/both fists)
“Whooo!” went the wind,
and out went the light, (clap on “out”)
And the five little pumpkins (5 fingers)
rolled out of sight. (roll arms)
Pumpkin – forgot this one!
A pumpkin is big ( circle hands over head)
A pumpkin is round ( circle hands in front)
A pumpkin has a great big smile ( outline smile on mouth)
But doesn’t make a sound ( Put finger over lips)

And here’s a picture of my calendar (with the majority of my teaching falling on Thursdays and then reviewing with Fairley and finishing up other activities we missed on other days). Sorry it’s only handwritten. 🙂


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