Archive for October, 2010

Why Didn’t Miss Pat Let the “Can Do” Kids Finish Reading?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Teacher Pat gathered the “Can Do” Kids around her for story time and asked “Class, what story shall we read today”. Willie raised his hand. “Yes Willie,” said Teacher Pat. I’d like to read a Halloween story from the book my grandma gave me, ” said Willie.

“Willie, you will need to pass the book around so the rest of the class can each read a little from your book,” said Miss Pat. “That’s fine  with me, Miss Pat,” said Willie.

“The name of my book is the Pumpkin Patch,” shared Willie. He began to read, “Long ago a farmer had a pumpkin patch, with rows and rows of bright orange pumpkins. There must have been a hundred of them.”

Willie, time to pass the book to your right and let Wendy read a few lines,” said Teacher Pat. Wendy began to read, “The farmer promised the children of the town they could each pick out a pumpkin for Halloween to carve with their families and put in their living room windows. ” It’s Arthur J’s  turn Wendy,” said Teacher Pat. Arthur Jay began to read,” The f-f-f-farmer told the ch-ch-ch-children that the p-p-p-p-pumpkins were almost ready to p-p-p-pick.’”

Arthur J stopped reading because some of his classmates were laughing at him. Miss Pat said, ” Thank you Arthur J. Please return the book to Willie. Story time is over for today.”

Questions:

Do you know why Miss Pat ended story time when she did?

Do you think it was fair that she ended story time?

What would you have done?

It Must Be Halloween

Friday, October 1st, 2010

October is here!

Willie and Nellie have a few weeks to figure out what they want to be for Halloween. Grandma Hattie said she could make their costumes or they could be store-bought . It’s a tough decision.

What are you wearing? Maybe you could give Willie and Nellie some ideas.

Halloween is a very special day on “Can Do” Street. The “Can Do” Kids get to wear their costumes to school! Since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, the “Can Do” Kids will celebrate in school on the 29th of October. At lunch time there are pumpkin cookies in the cafeteria. No one has to pay for them …they are free! All the moms and grandmas bake them and bring them to “Can Do” Street Elementary School on Halloween morning.

After school there is the costume parade from the school to the community center. All the adults line “Can Do” Street and cheer as the parade goes by. At the community center there are activities like pitching candy corn into a big pumpkin and dunking for apples. “Can Do” Kathy doesn’t want to dunk for apples because she doesn’t want to mess her hair! She is going to miss out on some good fun! There are orange slices and popcorn balls for snacks.

On Sunday, the children get in their costumes in the early afternoon and go to the Senior Center. The sing  Halloween songs and recite Halloween poems for the grandmas and grandpas who live on “Can Do” street. Each senior helps one of the “Can Do” kids to make a Halloween gift for their parent like a picture or a felt pumpkin.

Then, as it starts to get dark, it is time to go trick or treating! Parents and grandparents walk the “Can Do” Kids for house to house. The kids have plastic pumpkins for carrying  the treats they will get at every house. All the while they are saying,” Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat”!