- 10-30-13: I picked out an alternate pumpkin story, in case my audience was too young. I love Kohara's Ghosts in the house, but it always makes me nervous that I'm going to have an anti-ghost or anti-witch family get upset, especially since I am getting more homeschooling families who are pretty conservative, so I replaced it with Lois Ehlert's Boo to you. I also changed over the ghost craft for take home. It probably doesn't matter, since I think most of those families just don't come to the library in October, but better safe than sorry. This was a younger group overall so we didn't read The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and our favorite title was Just Say Boo!
- 10-10-12: I picked out bits of Awesome Autumn to read, as it was a bit long. Half the kids suddenly appeared with food, so I'll have to make an announcement if this happens again - this is supposed to be an allergy-safe program. Some people peeled off their tape, some didn't. I had extra bags ready in case some people didn't want ghosts, but didn't have anybody there who objected.
Introduction, welcome, and announcements:
Messy Art Club monster boxes tomorrow, library closed Nov. 1
Early Literacy Theme: Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds
Opening name song: The more we get together
Long story: The biggest pumpkin ever by Steven Kroll
Alternate: Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Movement: Autumn Leaves
Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways we practice letter knowledge is by looking at letters in books. This book has lots of big letters and we're going to look closely at the different ways they are written.
Nonfiction: Awesome autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Song: I'm a little pumpkin
Short story: Boo to you by Lois Ehlert
Short story: Just say boo! by Susan Hood
Closing song: Sunny Day
Process art: Tape art/masking tape letters
Prep: Masking tape, paper, crayons, markers
Kids make art with the tape or letters, draw, peel the tape off to reveal white letters (paper will rip a little)
Take Home Insert