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Pumpkin Life Cycle

Today we will focus on the life cycle of a pumpkin. Here are a few youtube links to help your child see this process.

It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall— a family plants a pumpkin patch and watches it grow from seed to jack o’lantern.

How Do Pumpkins Grow by Inspired by Kinder— an easy reader about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

A Pumpkin Grows by Scholastic— great visuals of a pumpkin life cycle

Time Lapse of pumpkin growing: a pumpkin life, pumpkin time lapse (up close)

So now you have seen how a pumpkin grows! Let’s put it down on paper.

Typical steps stages focused on: seed, sprout, vine, flower/blossom, green pumpkin, orange pumpkin

I made a paper pumpkin and drew the life cycle on the pumpkin. You can do this or vary it many different ways…

Have your child make a pumpkin and print out the stages having your child glue them in order on the pumpkin

Draw/color the steps on green leaves and glue them onto a green piece of yarn to represent a pumpkin vine

Draw/color out the steps and place them on a long strip of paper such as a sentence strip

Draw/color each of the steps on small pumpkins and make a pumpkin patch

Or any other representation you want!

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Five Senses and Safety

Today for “thinking Thursday” we are going to look at the five senses in a different way. We often focus on the more enjoyable ways we use our five senses, such as exploring foods and fun experiences. But, we know that our five sense are there even more so as an alert to our bodies about things that are not safe. Many times we assume that children understand this and skip over teaching things that aren’t as fun, simple to talk about, but not today.

Today we will create a foldable, this is a simple way to collect information. Take a sheet of paper in fold it in half, I chose to hold the page vertically today so I had 5 rows to work with, but you could go the other way if wanted. Now for the activity, you will cut 4 slits from the long side to the fold to create 5 flaps. On the top of the flap, I wrote the sense. Under the flap have your child write a way that they use their senses to stay safe. You can pick one topic such as fire safety, kitchen safety or just talk in generals.

five senses foldable

Did you want to do this activity, but not make your own sheet? I have created this page and it is FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store… remember parents can use this too!

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Topic Tuesday- Arachnids

As I mentioned on Sunday, research and fact finding are a favorite for children who are preK age. This is why they ask so many questions. They want to know more and more and more. While I’m showing you how we do this using arachnids, you can choose to pick a different topic such as your child’s favorite animal, food, sport, form of transportation or any topic that fascinates your child.

When searching for videos on youtube, I typically put in the topic for kindergarten or for kids. Such as when I searched up the video today I searched arachnid facts for kids. Next look over the video. I look for facts, visual interest and sound quality. You get to see the same sources over time and know the quality of the videos.

Put the close captioning on. Yes, this sounds strange, but it is a great way to connect the printed word to what is being said. You may not realize how often your child will notice the close captioning and see words they know or begin to make that connection between a word used over and over in the video.

Watch the video all the way through. Now lets go back and review the new information. Here are a few ways to do that.

Can Are Have chart

Can, are, have (need) charts are a way to put the facts you know into quick sentence forms. Your child will provide knowledge about the topic in the form of Arachnids are spiders. Arachnids have 8 legs. Arachnids can hunt their prey

Topic Web

This is just a collection of thoughts. You web off the the main topic and then can expand from there.

Illustration facts

Have your child draw illustrations to show what you know. In this case they could draw a detailed picture of one type of arachnid and then be able to use that to show that they have 8 legs, 2 body parts, can paralyze their prey etc…

Conversation

One of the best ways for a child to show what he/she knows… is to talk about it. Have a conversation where you pull information and facts that they have seen in the video. Can they make connections between what they knew already and what they just learned? Do they have more questions?

This activity can be the jumping off point of more research. Do you want to learn more about the same topic? Did your child leave with new questions? Would they like to learn about a similar topic or something totally in a new direction. This is a great way to encourage the why questions your child already has and show him/her how they can learn more about these topics.