I have had these two things made for awhile and just have not gotten around to posting them. I hope you can use them. The one is an apple seed story and the leaf story has some leaf facts.

Enjoy and have a great week!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

A lot of my students goals include some type of fine motor drawing goal. However, many of them initially coming in aren't even ready to hold a pencil and/or crayon and begin drawing. A lot of my activities at the beginning of the year I try to include some finger strengthening activities so that the kiddos are ready to pick up that pencil and trace a vertical line or draw a simple picture or scribble.

Here are a few things we have done in the last couple of weeks that also help with other academic skills too:

1. Using clothespins helps strengthen their little fingers.
These are pumpkins with a number and dots that students have to clip the correct number of clothespins on. We also used clips to clip the one different picture. I got these particular apple cards from Karen at Prekinders. I made something similar because this was VERY challenging for my kiddos. The magnet board in the back is also offers some fine motor control because the kids have to hold the magnetic wand straight up and down to get the beads moved into the correct bucket.

2. Tearing paper. On the rakes the students tore the paper into squares and rectangles to be the leaves on the rake.

3. Using small buttons or pom-poms or other items that are small to pick up and place on something or in a container helps strengthen their little fingers. These pumpkin cards are also from Karen at Prekinders.  For some of my students that were ready they used tweezers to place the pumpkin seeds on to the pumpkins. 

4. Cutting strips of paper. The kids cut the black paper and they drew a line from the one dot to the other.

These are a few of the different activities at the beginning of the year to help strengthen their hand muscles and get ready for more complex drawing and writing their name. Here are the fall same vs. different cards I made. With some more practice hopefully they will start to be able to visually differentiate between the pictures.

Yesterday we went camping. All the campers decorate for Halloween and then the kids get to have a costume parade and then the kids get to go trick-or-treating. Ethan had a blast. He picked out his costume this year and here he is saying woo-hoo like the fire truck.
Here the kids are ready for the parade.
Ethan loving every minute of it!

We didn't spend the night because it was suppose to rain and tent camping in the rain is not the most enjoyable, but we still had a blast for the day! Have a great rest of the weekend.

I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

This week we learned all about pumpkins.

1.We counted out pumpkin seeds.  You can get the pumpkin counting mats from Karen at prekinders.

2. The two poems we practiced this week were 5 Little Pumpkins song by Raffi and our color Orange song.
We also read and colored the 5 Little Pumpkins book from Karen. You can get that here.

3. Our OT had the kids pretend to be "ghosts" as they got in the body sock. They had to stretch and reach out their hands, practiced kicking with the resistance and rolling. They all had a great time in it!

4. We made puffy pumpkins. The students used Kleenex, shaving cream, and orange paint to make these spongy feeling pumpkins. We had the students use tweezers to put the messy mixture on the pumpkin. 

We also made pumpkins with the pulp and seeds inside. We used yarn and pumpkin seeds.

5. Also, if you get the Let's Find Out magazine and even if not they have some great short video clips. We read and watched the one about pumpkins this week and the kids got a kick out of the video of the pumpkins being used as boats and also how the pumpkins grow. You can check it out here.
Have a great weekend! We are off to go camping and do some trick or treating around the campground tomorrow night. It should be a lot of fun. Hopefully it just doesn't rain!

Hard to believe October is already here. Now that things are in full swing at school time is flying by! My kiddos this year are great and it is refreshing because last year it was a very challenging year for me.

I am linking up with Farley for October's currently.

Listening to Fox 2 news...I think I am always listening to that when I do these. It is just on in the background.

Loving the 70s and sunny weather we have been having. I have been able to run everyday with Ethan and we have been able to play outside and go for some bike rides. I am trying to savor the last few days of this fabulous fall weather!

Wanting- Matt had a VERY promising interview two weeks ago and he has been in contact with the company since then. On Friday, he has a follow-up one and I am hoping it leads to a job!

Needing- lots more sleep! Ethan has been sleeping horrendously lately (waking up two times or more) and I just want a full night's sleep.

Treat- Here is a link to my Halloween Countdown Emergent Reader book. Enjoy!

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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