It doesn’t take more than a couple of fall seasons spent abroad to make one really excited to see those first few leaves start to change! But really, why wait for the signs? Come September 22, why not go full fall…even if the weather hasn’t caught up yet?
I’m so excited about being in Appalachia for fall this year. So much so, in fact, that I’ve declared October “Fall Preschool Month.”
From pumpkins to candy corn to apples to leaves, fall provides so many opportunities to make preschool fun and new.
We’ve read lots of new fallish books, both fiction and nonfiction. We’ve done art and pre-math with candy corn and their intolerably sweet cousins, candy pumpkins (I’m not sure how anyone eats more than one of those…). We’ve made pumpkin pie and rolled a giant pumpkin around the back yard, and that’s just week one!
What does candy corn pre-math look like?
Oh, just counting candy corn, or doing one-to-one correspondence activities (placing a real candy corn on a picture of one, putting one candy corn in each hole of a mini muffin tin, etc.). Just adopt candy corns as your seasonal, edible math manipulative and you’re set!
Today I took a Sharpie and put dots on the bottom of ten candy pumpkins. One pumpkin had one dot, one had two, and so on all the way up to 10 dots. Then I asked Ty, “Can you find the pumpkin with 7 dots?” “Where’s the pumpkin with 3 dots?” You get the idea. He searched through our miniature pumpkin patch until he found the pumpkin we were looking for.
Those are pretty schoolish activities…
but you all know how much I enjoy making preschool about learning through life experiences. This week Ty and his dad made a delicious pumpkin pie from scratch (minus the crust…we don’t have a rolling pin!). Ty and Darren also enjoyed handling “pumpkin innards” and playing with a big pumpkin in our back yard.
We’re squeezing all we can out of fall this year and I’m loving the break from preschool-as-usual. It’s been a good reminder for me to think outside the “school” box and find the fun and unique aspects of each season.
Here’s our week in pictures!
Candy corn tree printable can be found here for free.
I got some real mini pumpkins and gourds from Walmart so the kids could have a fun, seasonal hands on experience. Cheap fun, my friends.
You don’t have to be in costume to enjoy a giant pumpkin. Totally optional 🙂
Also optional: putting one’s leg into a slimy pumpkin interior. Not for me.
Making pumpkin pie!
Oh, and here’s a painting project we did a couple weeks ago. The idea is cute and easy, and can be found here!