October Tot School Plans – 2014

pumpkin-patch2_zps856be290   It’s finally fall! And since I’ve moved to the northeast, I’m starting to appreciate this season more and more each year! (Seeing leaves actually change color, instead of turning brown and dying, has helped!)

So we’re excited to start this month of Tot School activities. Once again, I’m getting my base lesson plan from this website, Twinsane in the Membrane. The link above is to her “October – Getting Started” post. Here’s a link to her calendar.

Every week, she’ll add a post with more detailed plans and the printables you’ll need for that week.

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

Letters: D, E, and F
Number: 1
Color: Orange
Shape: Oval
Themes: pumpkins, fall, and baking We’ll be doing most of the activities listed, plus:

The Gospel Pumpkin – Happy Home Fairy (on pie-sized pumpkins)

The Pumpkin Gospel or The Pumpkin Patch Parable – While carving our pumpkin, we’ll use this book to make a gospel connection.

Acorn Painting


We’ll 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

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

Biscuit’s Pet and Play Halloween

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Pumpkins – by Jacqueline Farmer


And we’ll do some fingerplays/songs:

Oval video

Orange Song – Frog Street Press

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
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
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)
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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