October is the month of joy and wonder for young children fostering unforgettable memories of new learning experiences.
Children are quick to observe dramatic changes in how the season of Fall unfolds its beauty gradually; the weather cooling down with a light warmth of the sun on the tip of your nose, trees bidding farewell to their green leaves, welcoming warm touch of colours, and an aroma of earthiness spreading into your lungs.
While the celebration of Thanksgiving brings rich sensory experiences of observation, touch, smell, and taste, Halloween, on the other hand, delivers spooky aspects of magic and intrigued curiosity.
Throughout the week of Halloween, Preschoolers and Toddlers engaged with songs that correlated to the theme, listened to age-appropriate ghostly stories and participated in tactile sensory activities such as creating mummies and slime—of course, not forgetting, the party and parade, which was a day of making endless memories with educators and friends.
The interests which were observed during this month were as followed:
Birds - eggs, nest, food, feathers and names of different kinds of birds
Animals - farm animals such as cows, ducks, chickens, pigs, ponies, dogs, cats etc.
Pumpkins - different shapes, colours of pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns
Halloween Party - costumes, imaginary figures, favorite characters, spiders and ghosts
Letters & Numbers - counting 1 to 5, recognizing 'H' for Halloween, 'P' for Pumpkins and 'B' for Birds
Colours - orange, black and white
Children’s artwork displayed
Craving pumpkins in preparation for Halloween!
Circle time with rhymes & songs
Children engaging in tactile sensory play of creating slime
"Stir, stir and wow, look at this!"
"I'm making green slime".
Making playdough...mixing flour, water, salt and a dash of food colouring is so much fun for the young minds.
"Look at my green playdough!"
“Look at my mummy!”
Designing mummies with provided materials
Active engagement with building their mummies
Children immersed with creating their very own bats!
Engaging in dramatic play of grocery shopping
Children excited to play with toy eggs and feathers exploring the texture and colours
Children were exploring texture of the boiled eggs and feathers. Child D was thinking about eating the egg saying to his teacher “I want to eat egg”
After breaking Quail’s egg child “DL” says,”Look teacher, what is inside?”
Child I, excited to twirl egg and repeats again and again
While going through a book, Child E saw picture of an egg and says “Look egg”
He turns the page of the book and he sees nest, as we were discussing about birds and eggs, he says “I see egg but where is bird?”
Decorating headbands with pictures of animals
Child IK decoding words by sounding out letters
Reading Time! Halloween stories
As their interest on food, Child “G” was going through fruit’s book. When she saw watermelon, she exclaimed touching picture of watermelon “ I love watermelons”
According to their interest on Alphabets, they are enjoying tracing and recognising what each letter stands for
Building ramps for cars
Child SP, enjoys aligning people of profession in a straight line.
Child stacking coloured boxes while trying to find balance
Child A playing with various sensory materials and feeling the texture of smoothness and roughness
Exploring colours: making blue by playing with yellow spagetti noodles and blue soap
Getting hands-on with spaghetti noodles mixed with food colouring