Preschool Newsletter October 15-26, 2012

Preschool Newsletter

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Week of October 15 - October 26, 2012



It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin picking time! After our field trip to the Pumpkin Farm, the children will be learning all there is to know about pumpkins. They will learn how, where and when pumpkins grow, as well as how people use pumpkins during the fall season.


Concepts for the Children to Learn

• A pumpkin is a vegetable.

• A pumpkin is grown on a farm or in a pumpkin patch.

• Pumpkins grow on the ground on long green vines.

• Pumpkins start as seeds, grow a yellow flower, become a green small pumpkin and eventually become orange and large.

• Pumpkins are harvested in the fall, usually October.
• Pumpkins can be used as decorations.

• Pumpkins can be used for cooking.


Learning Experiences
• We will explore the outside and inside of a pumpkin.

• We will sequence the growth of a pumpkin.

• We will take a field trip to Basse’s to explore the pumpkin field and pick a pumpkin of our own.

• We will create our very own classroom Jack O’ Lantern.

• We will taste toasted pumpkin seeds and make No-bake Pumpkin Pudding.


No-Bake Pumpkin Pudding – 1 serving
2 tbsp pumpkin pie filling, 2 tbsp marshmallow crème and 2 tbsp whipped topping. Yum!


Focus Letter: Pp is for Pumpkin
Color:  Orange
Shape:  Oval


Show & Tell
Wednesday, October 17
Please bring something that begins with the letter Pp.


Tuesday, October 23

Please bring in something orange.


Friendly Preschool Reminders
Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th are Staff Development Days.  There will be no school for the children on these days.

Tuesday, October 30st will be our Harvest Festival Celebration. The children are invited to come to school in costume and partake in our Harvest Fest activities. There will be a parade throughout the center to give the children the opportunity to show off their costumes and collect treats from staff.


Please ensure that the children’s costumes are appropriate. We ask the children do not wear any costumes related to violence or gore.  Also, please refrain from bringing in any props related to weapons.


The Runaway Pumpkin
From Seed to Pumpkin
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
A Day at the Pumpkin Patch
5 Little Pumpkins
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
It’s Pumpkin Time


Pumpkin Art Experiences

Pumpkin Windsocks
Pumpkin Playdoh
Pumpkin Sequencing
Painting a Pumpkin


Field Trip Reminder
Monday, October 15, 2012, we will be going to BASSE’S for pumpkin picking.


Please make sure that your permission slips are turned in. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather conditions. The pumpkin field can be very muddy, so please dress your child in old shoes or boots.


Songs and Fingerplays

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said, oh, my it's getting late!
The second one said, "There are owls in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Isn't Fall fun?"
Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.


The Pumpkins are Here
Sung to “The Farmer In The Dell”
The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are there.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins are everywhere.
The pumpkins are up, the pumpkins are down.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all around.
The pumpkins are in, the pumpkins are out.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all about.
The pumpkins are low, the pumpkins are high.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins all say “goodbye”.


Sung to “The More We Get Together”

Oh, once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin.
Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth.
Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.


So I made a Jack O’ Lantern, Jack O’ Lantern, Jack O’ Lantern.
So I made a Jack O’ Lantern with a big funny face.
With two eyes and one nose and one mouth and a few teeth.
So I made a Jack O’ Lantern with a big funny face.


Thank you to all the families who came to St. Francis for our Open House and made it such a wonderful success. Your participation was greatly appreciated.


We are moving onto Lesson 3 in the “I Can Problem Solve” book focusing on the word “NOT.”


Have a safe and fun week and weekend!
Ms. Jane, Ms. Patsy, Mrs. Molly and Mrs. Lawanda