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IMG_1777  We are sure to have the cleanest pumpkin in town!  Pumpkin scrubbing has been a big hit!  This work is for one child at a time, and there are many steps to this activity. The first step is to put the apron on, which lets everyone know this is her work. Next, she fills a pitcher with water and pours it over the top of the pumpkin. A scrub brush is then rubbed on a bar of soap and the scrubbing begins. After the child is content with her work, a sponge is used to wipe off the soap bubbles and the apron is laid back down for the next friend. The children enjoy working with the water and making the bubbles. We enjoy how they are strengthening their hand and wrist muscles.

IMG_1806  Another new favorite is pumpkin hammering. The children use a hammer to pound golf tees into the pumpkin. It is quite challenging for the children to hold the tee while trying to hammer. We are hoping this will strengthen their hand-eye coordination, not result in sore thumbs!  After all the tees are in, its a challenge to use the back of the hammer to get them back out as well.

With the arrival of the cooler mornings, the children are practicing the “coat flip”. Ask your child to show you how they put the tag (or hood) by their toes, place their arms in the holes, and flip it over their heads. This is a great activity to practice at home too! They are so proud when they can do it themselves. Per some requests, we will send home a print out of these directions; we encourage putting this in your coat area to help guide them.

The children really enjoy when we sing the song, Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate. Here are the words to the song so you can sing it with your child at home!

Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate,

The first one said, “Oh my, its getting late!”

The second one said, “Their are witches in the air!”

The third one said, “We don’t care.”

The fourth one said, “I am ready for some fun!”

The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”

“Ooooo!” went the wind, and (clap) out went the lights.

And the five little pumpkins, rooooollled out of sight.

Our favorite way to perform the song is to use the five little pumpkins from the sensorial area of the classroom as “performers”.  These pumpkins also have double duty of being graded from the largest to the smallest.

Ask your child to sing this with you, you will love it!

Reminder:  Parent/Teacher conferences are Oct. 28 & 29 .. 4:00-6:00 and Oct. 30.. 8:30-3:45.  Childcare will be available on Oct. 30, with a reservation. There is no school or childcare on Oct. 31.  We encourage you to observe, if possible, before conferences, so you can see all the amazing things they are capable of.

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