5 Little Pumpkins and Other Ghoulish Sights!

October 26, 2017

Do you know the poem, “5 Little Pumpkins”?

An online search will yield tons of results for activities around this favorite, festive classic for children. There are counting activities, lots of awesome words, RHYMING!

Several of the classrooms have been using it to base some of their October theme work.

By using seasonal themes, teachers and therapists can build on prior knowledge and individual student interests. Students can come to understand the passage of time and the ways that people practice customs and celebrate together.

They can learn and practice concepts such as real and make believe. They can practice motor skills, literacy skills and math skills, too. Of high importance too is the novel cluster of language and communication opportunities that presents itself with a theme around a holiday.

One of the younger rooms at Crossroads has been using the theme to practice sitting on a gate so to speak! A skill that so many of our students need to practice is sitting in a group of children. Sitting in a group can be a tough skill to learn, but it’s an important one, in school, in family outings, in life in general. Here, Room 8 used books, music, visuals, and their classroom iPad to bring the 5 Little Pumpkins poem to life for the children and help them practice sitting for short time periods, time periods which will grow over the course of the year.

But pumpkins on gates aren’t the only October or Halloween characters around the building!

Check out some other masterpieces that allow the children of Crossroads to learn and practice a huge array of skills in the school setting!

If you love their work as much as we do, pleasereadanother post about classroom activities at Crossroads: http://crossroadcenter.org/learning-to-play/


 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boomers in Room 11Last week’s field trip to Ellms Family Farm