Saturday, October 29, 2011


It's been one hectic weekend so far! As I am typing, the snow is falling quite heavily outside! I hope this isn't an indicator for an early winter! Our class had another fun Friday with special guests coming in to work with our class on jack-o-lanterns! Thank you to T.S' dad, O.B's mom and J.A's mom for coming in and working with our class! Every one go to work with a parent or me or Ms. Kacey on creating a jack-o-lantern. We talked in small groups about what kind of face we would like. Some parents brought in sketches to have the students look through and choose and some asked for ideas on how the students wanted the face to look. There was plenty of rich discussion about the process of creating jack-o-lanterns as well as lots of vocabulary about pumpkins, facial features, feelings and shapes. Every child was given the chance to pull out the insides of the pumpkins. I encouraged the class to use their senses and smell the pumpkin and touch the pumpkin. Some students said it was "icky" while other students said it was "cool." After the jack-o-lanterns were completed, they were all placed on a table for the class to view and talk about. It was a wonderful experience for the whole class! They enjoyed working together as well as having family involvement in the classroom. Also, our class is all ready for Halloween with not just 1 but 4 jack-o-lanterns around our room! Here are some photos from Friday:
G.P holds up a sketch to see which one she likes
O.B's mom shows her group the insides of the pumpkin, J.C feels the stem
O.B's mom shows every one the inside of the pumpkin
G.S scooping out the insides
K.M and T.S work together to scoop out the insides of the pumpkin
K.W and A.R help out too!
J.A's mom's group uses a big spoon to scoop out the seeds
J.A, his mom and A.R look inside
J.A's mom cuts out the face the group drew

T.S' dad using a hand saw to cut out the face (T.S was especially proud of his dad's tools)
I begin carving the top of the pumpkin as J.M, G.A and T.W watch on
A view of the class working on the jack-o-lanterns
We talk about the face
A.R, D.K and J.A finish up the jack-o-lantern. They each drew a part of the face

G.S holds up the mouth
G.P holds up a part of the pumpkin
K.M, T.S, A.R and K.W examine the pumpkin cutouts!

Ms. Kacey cuts out the mouth of the jack-o-lantern
J.A's mom with O.S, J.A, A.R and D.K with the jack-o-lantern they created
A.R, K.W, K.M and T.S with the pumpkin they created
Ms. Kacey and I with X.I, J.M, T.W, A.K, and G.A with the pumpkin we worked on. (Hi D.K! He wanted to be in the photo too!)
The completed jack-o-lanterns on display
With the lights off

Tonight, my husband and I carved out our own jack-o-lanterns. Usually, we do one together (this usually means I think of an idea, he draws it and carves it out) but this year I was really inspired to do my own! I wanted to make one of my dog, Brian.

This one's my husband's:

I finally filled up the memory card on my digital camera! I have over 900 photos taken! Let me know if you ever want the full-sized version of a photo you see on my blog-I will happily sent it over via email! :)

Monday is Halloween. School policy does not allow costumes in school so please make sure that your child does NOT come to school in costume or bring one to school. We will be painting the smaller sized pumpkins that J.A's mom donated. Each student will paint one and get to take it home!
We will have a mini celebration during snack time!
I end with this photo of my dog, Brian playing in the snow. He blends in with the snow if I don't put a sweater and booties on him!