Tot School- October 2015 (1 Year, 11 Months Old)

Well we made it through our crazy month of October and managed to do a good chunk of our tot school plans! I was pleasantly surprised! =] I've updated the post with pictures and notes, check it out below!

Here are our October plans!   Since I seem to have something to do at the end of this month (something to do with a new baby?!), we are taking the last week off! ;) 
This month is a bit crazy with weekly doctor appointments and me going into the office twice a week to train for my maternity leave.  So I'm sure circle time will be limited and activities will go undone.  But we will do our best! =]
As always, some of the printouts/activities are my own, and some are from the web.  I have linked all printouts and borrowed materials for easy access!

October 2015 Schedule

Here is the link to this month's calendar.  Print it out and follow along for the month!  

Supplies needed:
Dot markers
Circle stickers
Orange construction paper
Mini pumpkin
Large pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds
Fake leaves
Pom poms
Ice cube tray
Paper or foam
Googly eyes
Paper plate
Real leaves
Toilet paper rolls (2)
Felt- brown, red, orange, yellow, green
Black beans
Pumpkin/fall related sensory items

Verse: “Let light shine out of darkness.” -2 Corinthians 4:6

Color: Orange
Color: Anaranjado

Letter: D, E, F
Letra: D, E, F

Shape: Oval
Forma: Ovalo

Numero: 2

Theme: Pumpkins
Tema: Calabazas

Library Book List:
Why Do Leaves Change Color
Clifford’s First Autumn
Leaf Man
Baby Loves Fall
Fall Leaves
The Pumpkin Patch Parable
The Pumpkin Gospel
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin
5 Little Pumpkins
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
I Love You Little Pumpkin
The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever
Clifford's First Halloween
Clifford's Halloween
You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie
Hush Little Monster
Jack and Jill, a Halloween Nursery Rhyme
Go Away Big Green Monster

Llama llama Trick or Treat
Mouse's First Pumpkin

I added several books to this list, and we really enjoyed those! Aly loves having 'new' books to read each week!

Music (circle time)

  • Leaf Rhyme

    • One, two leaves fell down.
      Three, four they hit the ground.
      Five, six they fell so quick.
      Seven, eight they lay so straight.
      Nine, ten, let’s start again!

  • Autumn Leaves (London Bridges)

    • Autumn leaves are falling down,
      Falling down, falling down.
      Autumn leaves are falling down,
      Down to the ground.

  • We are pumpkins (tune: Mary had a little lamb)

    • We are pumpkins, big and round,
      Big and round, big and round
      We are pumpkins, big and round
      Seated on the ground.

  • Pumpkin song (tune: I’m a little teapot)

    • I’m a little pumpkin Orange and round.
      Here is my stem, There is the ground.
      When I get all cut up, Don’t you shout!
      Just open me up And scoop me out!

      Alynne LOVED (and that might be an understatement) the Pumpkin Song.  We sang that one every day and I caught her singing and doing the motions in her crib several times.

Fine Motor/Worksheets

  • D Dot Art

  • E Dot Art

  • F Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout 

  • 2 Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout 

  • D letter recognition

    • Use dot marker to identify the letter D 

  • E Letter Recognition

    • Use dot marker to identify the letter E 

  • F Letter Recognition

  • Oval coloring sheet

    • Decorate with torn up orange paper 

  • Orange coloring sheet

  • Pumpkin coloring sheet


  • D Sorting Mat    

    • Place the corresponding small colored duck on the large duck. 

  • E Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding small colored elephants on the large elephant 

  • F Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding small colored frog on the large frog. 

  • DEF Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding small letters on the large letters. 

  • Pumpkin Seed Counting

    • Color the pumpkins, then glue down the corresponding amount of seeds onto each pumpkin. "This says 'two seeds'. Let's count out two seeds and glue them down onto the pumpkin."  

  • Leaf Color Sorting

    • Sort fake leaves by colors

  • Pom poms and ice cube tray

    • Place 1 pom pom in each hole using tongs

  • Pumpkin Size Sorting

    • Print file. Sort pumpkins by size.  

Aly is getting pretty good at the sorting mats, she loves to use the glue stick.  We actually didn't do most of the math activities (whoops!).  We did the pumpkin size sorting, which she managed easily.



  • D is for Dot

    • Cut a “D” out of paper or foam. Decorate by gluing pom poms onto the “D.”

  • E is for Eye

    • Cut an “E” out of paper or foam. Decorate by gluing googly eyes onto the “E.”

  • F is for Feather

    • Cut a “F” out of paper or foam. Decorate by gluing feathers onto the “F.”

  • Pumpkin Plate

    • Mix red and yellow paint to make orange, then cut paper plate into oval shape and paint.  Add stem and face when dry.

  • Pumpkin prints

    • Cut a mini pumpkin in half. Discuss the parts of the pumpkin (seeds, stem, etc). Use orange paint to make stamps with pumpkin half. 

  • Crush Leaf Mosaic

    • Crush up dried leaves and sprinkle on glue.  Add glitter if desired.  Cut into an oval.  

  • Binocular Craft

    • Decorate toilet paper tube with markers. Use masking tape to tape the 2 tubes together like binoculars.

      Oh how we love the art projects! We enjoyed all of these, especially pumpkin painting! 


  • Fall felt play

    • Create a large felt tree with felt leaves to take on and off

  • Pumpkin sink or float

    • Experiment to see if pumpkins sink or float in water. Can also let them scrub pumpkin

  • Pumpkin playdoh

    • Make pumpkin scented playdoh. Recipe (add pumpkin spice and orange food coloring, no koolaid)

    • Use fake leaves to make imprints in the dough

  • Fall Sensory Bin

    • Fill with black beans, mini gourds, fake leaves, fall/pumpkin cookie cutters, scoops

  • Pumpkin Carving

    • Talk about and explore the insides of a pumpkin!

      We actually did all of these activities and even added baking a pumpkin pie!  We loved all of these activities!  We joined forces with the Field family to carve pumpkins and had a blast.  The kids were funny because none of them really wanted to get messy.  They kept saying "yuckyyyy!!" 

And finally, here are some pictures of completed work and a picture of Aly matching up all of her upper and lower case letters!