Hello October

If you have been following my blog over the past few years, you know that I am all about helping teachers get ahead! During the school year, I post a monthly blog series called Getting Ahead of the Game with tips to get you ready for the following month. During the summer I switch it up and give you weekly tasks to prepare for the new school year. This year I am going to switch it up a little bit and put together a monthly blog series called "Hello (Whatever Month is Next!)" It will include pictures, ideas, inspiration and resources for the upcoming teaching month! As always, email subscribers will receive an exclusive freebie to use in the upcoming month so make sure that you are subscribed!

 Tis the season for pumpkins! I choose one Friday in October to have a pumpkin day! Each student brings a pumpkin and we complete different activities using it all day! You can read more about it HERE and download the My Pumpkin Page HERE.

Writing about the pumpkin life cycle is fun too! If you carve a pumpkin with your class, be sure to save the seeds for planting too!


October 8-14. 2017 is also Fire Prevention Week. It's a great time to talk about fire safety and learn about community helpers. I love making these fire fighters with my students every year. 

They are ADORABLE hanging in the hallway! I also have a few freebies that you can use for Fire Prevention Week too! Grab them HERE.

Bats and Spiders are October musts too!  I love using the book Stellaluna as a read aloud and making this beginning, middle and end bat craft to retell the story. 

Check it out HERE. 

I have used this spider craft for teaching different things over the years! When I taught Kindergarten I used it to decompose the number 8. You can grab it for FREE HERE. 

In first grade, I created a similar spider to teach adjectives!

While we are learning about parts of speech, this Halloween themed noun and verb sort is perfect to throw in a center!

Don't forget about your sweet custodian this time of year either! Show him or her some love with this editable little gift tag. Add your name, print and attach it to some candy or another little treat!