Sunday, October 31, 2010


We had so much fun with pumpkins that we had to take an extra week to get through it all! Unfortunately, I had to cut the pictures short because uploading them was taking way too long. Here's a snapshot of our unit...


We opened up pumpkins and took out the seeds. After cleaning them, we estimated how many seeds we thought that we had. Then, we used our Hundred Chart to count the seeds. Lexy would place a seed on each number. After the chart filled up, she put the 100 seeds into a pile. Then she would say whether she thought there were more or less than 100 seeds left. We continued on with this until all the seeds were counted. Our final number...601!


We did 3 different science experiments.

1. After reading From Seed to Pumpkin, Lexy created this pumpkin sequencing activitiy. She enjoyed showing it to people and explaining the process of a seed becoming a pumpkin.

2. I gave Lexy a pumpkin to explore. We opened it up and observed the outside and inside. She used her 5 senses to explore it. Then, she dictated a poem to me for her journal. She described what she saw, felt, smelled, tasted (imagined taste), and heard (when she tapped on it). Then, she drew a picture to go along with her poem.
3. We also observed how plants drink water. We used blue food coloring to tint a glass of water. Then we put two celery stalks in the glass. After a few hours, we saw how the leaves of the celery had started turning blue. Then, we broke the celery to see that the blue was inside the celery as well. Plants drink their water up through tubes much like we use straws!

Pumpkin Patch Trips!

We visited two different pumpkin patches. The first time we were visiting family in southern Indiana. The weather was great! The second time back at home, it was freezing! They enjoyed the hayrides, mazes, slides, and of course, picking out pumpkins. Both times, Josiah went for the smallest, greenest pumpkin that he could find....Silly boy!

Fine Motor Skills

One of my favorite activities was making a pumpkin seed necklace with Lexy. I poked holes in the pumpkin seeds. Then, she used a children's plastic sewing needle to string seeds on the thread. It turned out very cute, and she has enjoyed wearing it!

One of Josiah's favorite activities was hammering golf tees into the pumpkins. He's gone back to this several times, and it entertains him for a good long while :)

Pumpkin Decorating

They both enjoyed a Fall playdate with our MOPS care group. Then painted minature pumpkins.
After carving pumpkins, I told them The Pumpkin Patch Parable just as we did last year. Lexy was able to understand this much better than last year. She asked questions about the "yucky stuff" that Jesus takes out of us and the light that he puts in us.

Another book that we read going along with this was "Halloween, Is it For Real?" This book was a little over their heads, but I was able to modify it for them.


Lexy made a mosaic pumpkin.

Josiah made a felt pumpkin. Isn't it cute!

They also decorated pumpkin cookies. I gave them red and yellow icing to mix together on their pumpkin to make it orange.

Books We Read:

1. From Seed to Pumpkin - Wendy Pfeffer
2. Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night - Anne Rockwell
3. Pumpkin Fever - Charnan Simon
4. Autumn Orange - Christianne C. Jones
5. It's a Fruit, It's a Vegetable, It's a Pumpkin - Allan Fowler
6. The Pumpkin Patch Parable - Liz Curtiz Higs
7. Halloween Is it For Real? - Harold Myra


The poem we used for our Weekly Board was 5 Little Pumpkins:
Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "Oh my it's getting late."
The second one said, "There's a chill in the air."
The third one said, "But, we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run."
The fifth one said, "It's time for some fun!"
Then woosh went the wind,
and out went the light.
And, five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

I've enjoyed making memories with my children this Fall and during our pumpkin unit. Coming up next...Fire Safety (yes, a month late).

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