Practical Life and More: Halloween

The week prior to Halloween and the week of Halloween, I planned lessons that I felt would go well with the holiday. Some of the topics we covered were:

  • The Human Skeleton
  • Bats
  • Owls
  • The Scream by Edvard Munch

During that time we were also covering: The life cycle of a pumpkin, seasons, leaves and Mexico.

Here are some photos of lessons as well as shelf work during our Halloween themed studies:

     
Parts of a Human Skeleton Booklet.  You can find these at www.montessoriprintshop.com and I beleive Montessori Services sells it too.

Parts of a Human Skeleton Booklet. You can find these at http://www.montessoriprintshop.com and I believe Montessori Services sells it too.

I found this lesson at http://justmontessori.com and had my husband make a clothes line for me. I found these glow-in-the-dark bats at Target.

Clothespins and Bats

Clothespins and Bats

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Skeleton Transfer w/ Clip

Skeleton Transfer w/ Clip

Eye Dropper and Sun Catcher Transfer Lesson

Eye Dropper and Sun Catcher Transfer Lesson

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Water Color from http://ireallylovecats.com/halloween-cat-2-coloring-page.html

Halloween Stamping

Halloween Stamping

I purchased Halloween erasers and these little pumpkin buckets to create a fun sorting lesson for the class.

Sorting

Sorting

Skeleton and Bead Stringing Lesson

Skeleton and Bead Stringing Lesson

When we covered the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin we read: Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie  by Jill Esbaum and  Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell.  Montessori for Everyone has beautiful Life Cycle of a Pumpkin matching cards. I also found this craft that the kids loved: http://printables.atozteacherstuff.com/375/pumpkin-pumpkin-sequencing-activity/

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During our Halloween theme the artist and painting that seemed fitting to cover was The Scream by Edvard Munch. We then gave it a shot at creating our own Scream painting. I got us started by sketching out our painting. The boys got started on painting the sunset sky and the water. I painted the railing of the boardwalk while the boys continued on the sky and water. Toby began helping me with the boardwalk. He also painted the figures that appear in the distance.

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I made  Jack-O-Lantern lesson out of felt. I cut various shapes for eyes, nose, and mouth and different shaped stems. I had photo cards for each different “face” the kids could create. Here are some samples:

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Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

Felt Jack-o-Lantern Face

I like when the kids find new and creative ways to use the Montessori metal insets. I created my own Metal Inset Halloween Booklet using the shapes to create “spooky” drawings. At first, I was hesitant to have the kids copy my book because I didn’t want them to compare my artwork with their own or get discouraged if theirs didn’t turn out exactly like mine. This wasn’t an issue though and it was a fun lesson. My drawings are the ones on the left and my son’s (He’s 5 yr. old) are the ones on the right.

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My son was so inspired by this lesson that in the days that followed he continued to make his own metal inset monster books.

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