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Like most teachers, I begin a month/holiday/theme by pulling out my collection of favorite read-alouds. My October tub happens to be pretty large (not as large as Christmas/Winter...but that's another post coming soon...). I am a book hoarder and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I peruse the used book store children's section on a regular basis, make good use of my Amazon Prime account on the regular and use Scholastic book points to grow my collection. These titles are the select few that I absolutely love, and a few are new to me this year and will be in the read-aloud rotation from now on!
I usually only have time for 1 "just for fun" (i.e. not part of our reading program) read-aloud per day, and it's my absolute favorite part of my day when I really do love the book. If a child has never heard that particular story before, I feel so honored and privileged to be the one reading it to them for the first time! I have such wonderful memories of my own teachers reading books that I now love as an adult, and it just reiterates the important part that we should remember to teach children to love books. It's hard to remember sometimes when you're focusing on teaching students how to read that I often forget that there isn't always an innate love of reading in every child. So, here's my reminder (and yours if you need it!).
One of my favorite things to do when I celebrate Halloween in the classroom is to use "spooky" music whenever I can. Whether it's a cue to start cleaning up, during an activity or just to play quietly in the background while we read Halloween books with reading buddies, it's nice to change things up a bit and add some FUN to our routine! I LOVE to use Kidz Bop Halloween because I know there won't be any language I have to worry about (if you have Prime, you can stream it FREE).
I'm going to start with my most loved activity. We make these guys and hang them in the hall for a couple of weeks and they are just so darn CUTE. I have done Q-tip skeletons since my first year teaching and after using a Sharpie-drawn skull template for all of those years, I decided to make it a little more presentable and share it with you!
And a super easy and quick art project is oil pastel and watercolor pumpkins! I like to cut up the watercolor paper into quarters so kids have a few pieces to draw on. You can really use any color oil pastel, but I love to use the white one!
all year for this occasion in case someone doesn't remember or just doesn't have any.
Grab the FREE parent letter and sorting and graphing printables below.
I also have these EDITABLE Strip Puzzles that you can use for words or numbers...whatever you're class is working on! I've pulled one of the Halloween pages from the main set for you to try out...I'd love to hear how it goes when you try it! Download the PREVIEW to grab this freebie.
Candy corn footprints are such an easy and ADORABLE craft that any age can do! Really! The trick to doing these with anyone that's not a baby is to use a fist and not the actual foot :) A fun little keepsake that's quick and easy! Just brush paint on as seen below and "stamp" onto paper.
Grab the little printable tag to attach to the footprints below.
These have been a class hit for many years and parents are even sending them in now! It has to be because they are so easy to make! Just draw a bunch of different jack-o-lantern faces on fruit cups and you're done!
And I made these fun little Halloween treat bag printable tags that are really easy to put together (we're making them for my son's preschool class this year) and they are perfect for a fun little snack to send home with your kiddos. I bought ghost "Peeps" to make a s'mores treat bag and a few other snacks to make a "Witch Brew" (gummy worms-rat tail, boston baked beans-rat eyes, chocolate covered raisins-shriveled lizard feet, chocolate eyeballs-crow eyes, candy corn-old witch nails). If you're a food-free school, see my post about treat alternatives here. Click below to grab the tag printable.