Your Santa is out there
When I worked as a teacher in a Title I school, I found myself not only worrying about my student's academic growth, but also with their, for lack of a better term, spiritual growth. Many of my kiddos came from really hard backgrounds and didn't have much in the world and I could see it starting to harden them, at age 7. When I talk about being concerned about their spiritual growth, I'm not referring to religion, I'm referring to their humanity. By 2nd grade, many of them had gone through traumatic experiences most adults can't even talk about. So I made every effort I could to make sure they knew people could be kind and generous and along the way, I was reminded of how much goodness there really is out there.
The kids loved these writing prompts and we were able to create some really fun pieces to hang in the hallway.
Many of my kiddos have never had the pleasure of carving their own jack-o-lanterns and have hand no experience with the interior of a pumpkin at all. These small opportunities are invaluable in helping them think more broadly about the world around them. I remember one student last year had no idea you could dye Easter eggs. She simply thought they only came in plastic.
Halloween and pumpkin math is so versatile. I've seen activities including counting, sorting and graphing types of candy. We are working on measurement so we measured our pumpkins in both standard and non-standard units. The kids had a blast!
- Classroom Teacher
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