Fall Learning: Pumpkins

This is probably one of the easiest topics for fall learning, plus A is learning a lot about this topic at school as well, so by the end of fall he should be well versed in knowledge about pumpkins.

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So as I stated with our previous fall learning our plan is:

1. Do a small and simple craft.

IMG_3766This is just a store bought foam pumpkin cut out that A colored and decorated with googly eyes.

2. Hang simple decor.

IMG_3750Our Jack-o’-lantern

3. Get outside to discover.

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4. Read books.

Our favorites are:

Chicken said Cluck by Judyann Ackerman Grant and Sue Truesdell

Duck and Goose find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd

5. Do something hands on.

We did pumpkin estimating and counting. Here is what I did:

I got a bowl of candy corn pumpkins out and had A estimate how many were in the bowl.

IMG_3752He estimated 61.

Then we used biscuit cutters to see how many would fit in each one:

IMG_3762We wrote the number on each biscuit cutter with a dry erase marker, and then discussed how there were two less in each biscuit cutter:

IMG_3757Then we wrote down the number of pumpkins in each biscuit cutter, the number left in the bowl, and then number A had eaten while we worked:

IMG_3761So there were 31 pumpkins. We discussed how A’s estimate was bigger and how the actual amount was about half of what he estimated.

IMG_3754And that was it! Simple counting, addition, and subtraction. All with a tasty treat.

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