Let's just say, the week of Halloween is a
BUT, over the years we have grown to love Halloween in our classroom...It's an acquired taste, we think. It doesn't sting as bad as drinking orange juice after toothpaste anymore. Nope, we love it. We really do.
Our school allows the kids to wear costumes, no masks and of course no weapons ~ We're grateful for that. We add the princess disclaimer because we just know...What's the princess disclaimer? As in, NO princess shoes of any height whatsoever. Feet are to remain flat! But, yes my Pretties...You may glitter them up all ya want!
There really is only one downside to this Spooktacular fun...They want us to dress up too. It seems we have loads of ideas every month of the year except for October. Our minds go blank. We cannot for the life of us come up with a costume that we actually want to wear...in public. BUT, we cannot disappoint, so we'll be hitting Target to browse their array of very spooky Halloween tee shirts one day very soon. If they are lucky, we may even through a witch's hat upon our heads just to remind them
In all seriousness, we do have fun. Fun while learning. And, we love it! This is a great time of year to tie things in that are happening in their daily lives, and let's face it...Around here, Halloween is everywhere! So, we've learned to adopt an "If you can't beat them, join them" mentality. They are going to be excited. There's no getting around it. Weren't WE excited as kids? Of course we were. One night a year that we get to traipse the town getting free candy. HELLOW!!!
We have learned that taking some time out to have a little fun builds a stronger classroom community and really allows us to "enjoy" school. YES, it is possible!! We all need a break for just a little while. We work hard!
So, to treat our little Guys and Ghouls this Halloween Season, we will be throwing our annual Spooktacular Celebration in class.
We've done this for years, and have it down to a science! We run it "centers" style and invite parents to come in and help.
This year, we'll be doing these 5 activities for our Spooktacular Celebration.
We've packaged this entire class party in our newest TpT Unit
With Donation Supply Lists, Parent Reminder Notes, and Detailed Photograph Instructions for each activity, we've made our Spooktacular Celebration
fool ghoul proof!
Got a Room Parent?
Copy and hand this unit off and let them get going for you!
This Complete Halloween Party Package is great for all ages!
Can't celebrate Halloween at school?
We've been there...
So to get our treats in that year,
we threw our Spooktacular Celebration at home for the neighborhood kids and they loved it too!
With 2 crafts, 2 games, and a fun "food" activity, your lil' ghosts and goblins will have a
Spooktacular Celebration to remember!
Sitting there saying, "COOL, but we have to learn all the time!"?
That's okay...It can still be fun!
is helping our witches and warlocks learn
those sight words faster than they can cast a spell!
We cut apart all of the cards and stick them in a plastic pumpkin for game time! They actually think they are trick or treating! So, I guess our "trick" of learning is working!
For math, we are playing our
We need a lot of practice with our addition facts, so this game is helping us learn and memorize those sums!
Students sort the equations on their haunted house mats, then record on the recording sheet. Spooky fun!
Did you grab your Halloween Spider Sort Freebie yet?
We're using our Halloween Spider Sort for our friends who have mastered their short vowels and are ready to dive into the long ones.
This freebie is being featured on Fern Smith's blog, Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! today! Thanks Fern for the shout out!!
Head on over friends and check out Fern's fabulous Friday Freebies too!