H is for Halloween Packet

**Updated:  All links are working now!**
If you're new to Oopsey Daisy, I recently decided to combine my 2 favorite roles--teacher and Mommy.  Every week, I teach "Mommy School" to my 20-month-old Little Man.  It's an adventure teaching a toddler, but every week, we focus on a theme, letter, number, color, and song. I absolutely LOVE Mommy School!
This week, we finished up our "L is for Leaves" unit in Mommy School.  We did a whole lot, but I was not a very good photographer this week.
I am super duper excited about this upcoming week in Mommy School.  Halloween was always my favorite time to teach, and Little Man is just starting to really enjoy the holiday.  So the next couple of weeks are going to be FUN!  I have compiled a gigantic 60-page packet this week!!  And yes, it's a printable packet that you can enjoy with your little ones at home!  I have gotten very little sleep this week as I compiled this packet, trying to have it done so we could enjoy it as much as possible before Halloween rolls around!  So I am crossing my fingers that you'll enjoy it too!!
In this packet, you will find:
* Halloween learning games and activities
* Tons of Halloween art ideas.
* Halloween Science, Math, and literature connections
* Food Ideas
* FOUR flannel board stories with corresponding visual aids
* Book ideas
* Songs and fingerplays
* Halloween party ideas for toddlers
* Ideas for the color, number, and letter of the week.
* TONS of visual aids and learning activities ready to go.
Honestly, there is no way I could do all of these activities in even 2 weeks.  However, I wanted to compile everything in one packet so I could have all the ideas in one place for years to come.  So choose some of your favorites to do with your own little one this week!
Some of my favorite ideas in this packet are these Halloween movement cards:

You can use these cards with your kiddos to get out the wiggles in a "spooky" way!

Just a note:  This packet took an incredible amount of time to create! I want to share this with you because I believe in teaching our little ones at home.  Please review the credits on the back page of the packet so you can see where I searched for ideas!  Also, I would love to hear about your learning fun if you use this packet!  Then I can tell my husband that the late nights were worth it!  🙂 

You can download your own H is for Halloween packet here or here on Scribd.

Just a note...
* I am forever grateful to DJ Inker's for allowing me to create fun learning tools using their products!!
* Clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers.

Have a "spooktacular" week with your kiddos!

L is for Leaves

Happy fall, y'all!  This was a fabulous week for Mommy School, and we are definitely enjoying our Leaves unit!  I was much more relaxed knowing that I had 2 weeks to pack it all in, and Little Man loves repeating the activities after I introduce them.

Here is what we are learning about along with a picture peek through our week:

Theme:  Leaves
Letter:  L
Number:  2
Color/Shape:  Yellow
Nursery Rhyme/Song:  In the Leafy Treetops
1.  We made lemonade playdough to spotlight the color yellow.  We used a cookie cutter to cut out leaves and sang songs about them while we played!
2.  We created these marbled leaves (tutorial coming later!)
3.  We went to Grandma's house and used the small wheelbarrow to collect leaves for the week's activities!
4.  We learned one-to-one correspondence by placing fall-colored M&M's on the fall tree.  After we placed the "leaves", we ate them, of course!
5.  Little Man loved to play in his sensory tub including dollar store leaves and gourds, plus red and white beans.
6.  We learned about the number 2 by gluing 2 paper leaves on the numeral 2.
7.  We played a fun color game!  I traced Little Man's hand and cut out colored hands out of felt.  I asked him to give the yellow hands a "high five."
8.  After reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, we made our own leaf creatures.
9.  This happened a little spontaneously.  While I was cooking, Little Man wanted to mix up his own "leaf soup" with silk leaves and a plastic spatula!
10.  We sang songs as he "raked" the leaves.
11.  This was a Mommy craft!  I made melted crayon leaves to hang in our windows.  I love how they turned out!
12.  We counted out the appropriate number of leaves to match to the number tree.
**You can find out more about these activities plus MORE in my download today!**

Motherload download!  As I was browsing ideas and creating my plan for this unit, I wanted to be more organized!  I typed up all my ideas and inserted visual aids into one huge document!  I am sharing this big fat packet with you today!  Even if you don't use the whole packet, I feel like there is something for everyone.   The packet includes:
* Unit activities and games
* Art, science, math, and literature connection ideas for the unit
* Snack ideas
* Book ideas
* Songs and finger plays
* Ideas for the color of the week
* Ideas for the number of the week
* Ideas for the letter of the week
* Visual aids for flannel board stories
* Tons more visual aids and materials

Just a note:  To be clear, I did not invent all of these ideas--I just compiled them!  Many of the ideas I did bring with me from my teaching experience, and I did create many of the visual aids.  However, please review the credits on the last page of the packet to see the sites I visited to compile the packet.

I am sharing this with you because I believe in helping our kids learn at home! But please understand that I am sharing my hours of work with you without compensation.  You can download your own L is for Leaves packet here or here on Scribd. **For personal use only.**

* Clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers.

I love sharing ideas with you, and if you use these ideas at home, I would love for you to share with me!  ENJOY!
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