Pick a pumpkin or two?


Sunday we finally had a day out! Even though I still have not handed in my 3850-word report which is due this week, I felt good as I had edited the day before. So I got to go out to Ardenwood in Fremont and meet our friends for a catch up in the pumpkin patch and of course, ride the train and see the animals. I remember going ages ago when the kids were babies, now they just like to run around and chase the cool looking rooster away from his harem of ladies. It was quite random to land there and say oh the pumpkins are ready for Halloween and it is 30 days away!! In the wheelbarrow, the kids collected the pumpkins – that big mother pumpkin went to our friends and I just wanted a fairly small pumpkin to look festive around the place.

The kids were very excited to check out the pumpkins as I said to my hubby, “Who buys their pumpkin this early in October?” Well, it turns out we do, at least that errand is out of the way for this year! Our friends were laughing at the memories we have at pumpkin patches over the years – in Pescadero one year we went to a farm and saw gorillas pooping pumpkins 😀

As we met our friends on Sunday we did a bit of Fall shopping for Halloween decorations. I really like Halloween though I am not a fan of the crappy candy the kids get, we send it away with the Girl Scouts somewhere or overseas to my family to taste what bad candy is like. We found this Indian corn for sale to decorate around the place and the colours are just amazing – you can make beautiful necklaces with the kernels and they are so pretty.


Our lovely pumpkin from the farm bought on the 1st day of October – no we really are not that organised otherwise the costumes would be with us too! The kids are still deciding on that?


Back to work and reality, the observational drawings from our class of the cacti – the colours look amazing in real life. I really need to get out some watercolour and have a play when I am free again in the next couple of weeks only a couple of more days and my report will be handed in – yippee!

This week we were doing 3 digit addition and a new game was bought in the classroom to play – this is Addition Spinners, where you spin to find two numbers and add them together to find the answer on the sheet and the first player to line up 4 numbers is the winner.

Variety of resources for fun Storytelling, Math, Science and Literacy (collected from my co-teacher):

Mystery Math Town provides a math challenge at various levels for children comfortable with math symbols and operations.

EPIC! – A fun reading app (used in class) – listen to stories, read a variety of books

You Cubed – Mathematics with Growth Mindset.

Make your own math kit – use “stuff” from home to make developmental math manipulatives – with explanations and activity suggestions.

Greater Good Science Center – SEL for family and schools.

Thinking Blocks – bar models, story problems (iPad app used in class)

Problem of the Month – Math

National Geographic Kids – variety of activities, research projects, games, videos

Dream Box – math

My Story – great way to tell a story – upload photos, pictures, record and write, then share.







Today as I wanted the kids to have a bit of a stretch we ended up having a bit of fun with GoNoodle.

It was a hectic week and I am happy that I am nearly done with my report – this time my reward for this teaching period is to watch Twin Peaks new series so I am really excited about that as it came out when we were in Australia over the summer.


A piece a Week – The Halloween Costume

Halloween my favorite time of the year! No for the candy but for the fun of getting to dress up to go trick or treating with the kids! Yes the kids love it too and both of my kiddos loved getting into their outfits for Halloween. One at the very last minute – thank goodness for a fabric stash and a sewing machine 🙂 
The flapper dress made from FabMo fabric collected over time

Elven Warrior tunic – made from donated wool fabric and FabMo scraps

I took my camera out to take some pictures but darkness came all too quickly and it was very tricky to get some decent shots without a flash! I like the spookiness and light in a picture that has been hand held in the dark but I know I have to deal with camera shake without a tripod. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the night when I went out with my black cat trick or treating…

Watching Pharrrell’s ‘Happy’ on the projected screen – very cool!

Dancing with the Jack O Lantern light

Silhouettes down an alleyway – look out for Maleficent

Black Cat dancing away! 

Oh and here is my last minute attempt at carving a sugar pie pumpkin. I thought all along you have to carve out the big ones but this guy is quite small and came out very well! It is an owl if you cannot tell…. I sponged it with a white acrylic acrylic paint for an interesting effect. Well it was on a tutorial I found on Pinterest! I threw in a LED light and you can see a video of it here at my tumblr blog – spooky!!

Sitting with a couple of delicata squash