Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Love Fall Days (and a cool new way to do Pokey Pins)

I love anything rainbow colored!
It was an absolutely gorgeous, fall day in Maine today.  My son brought me this huge leaf he found outside and then asked if he could do a Pokey Pin project.  I thought he meant on the leaf which I immediately thought was genius (he didn't- the two things were totally unrelated) but he agreed that it would be neat to give it a try.  Here are the results of his "I love fall" Pokey Pin project (hard to see because the sun was just going down when we took the picture and everyone knows you need bright lights for best results :) ):
Now this is a HUGE leaf.
Cayden thinks you can't see it very well because of the "leaf's veins".
I'm wondering if it would work better if I let the leaves dry out a little
before pinning them??
I was so excited because this was the first time my baby (well,
he IS 4) showed any interest in a Pokey Pin project.  Look how
great he did as his little hand muscles got strengthened AND he
practiced naming the letters in his name.

So, I did go out and help Mr. Miner with some raking, but, have no fear, my classroom and blogging was not far from my mind as I did so:
Can you believe that all of these leaves came
from the same exact bush?  It doesn't seem as
odd until you put them together like this!
I was excited to be able to gather 20 HUGE leaves like Cayden found so that I could do our regular Pokey Pin session on leaves instead of boring, old paper!  I think we will write "We Like Fall" to make sure we are practicing our popcorn words while we strengthen our little hand muscles.
I would be remiss if I didn't include the other things I was thinking about (and watching) as I raked leaves on this beautiful fall day! 
 I love fall!
Pokey Pin Kit+ABCs with correlating
pictures and words
Pokey Pin Kit: Popcorn Words with fancy borders

Pokey Pin the ABCs with pictures!


  1. Love your blog! And since you are going to be teaching adjectives this week, email me at laughinbrunette@hotmail.comand I would love to send you my thinking maps! Thanks for entering my FB contest, too!! Hugs, Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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