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Bring This Engaging Environmental Education Program to Your Child’s Classroom!

For the last ten years, I’ve spent the majority of my professional life teaching teachers how to use environmental education resources.  I enjoy lighting up a group of busy teachers with enlightening, energetic activities.

When my own children began to attend elementary school.  Naturally, I wanted their teachers to use Environmental Education activities, specifically Project Learning Tree (PLT).  I approached the principal with a simple question, “What is the best way to offer PLT to the teachers?”  Together, we came up with a plan.  I would come in and give a 1 hour in-service training to the entire teaching staff, the school would purchase K-8 PLT books, and I would act as a PLT coach meeting with each grade level to plan out what activities would meet their needs. 

 During the first planning session one teacher remarked, “I love how some activities cover more than one subject. We can use these for literacy too.”  Environmental Education activities are full of multidisciplinary learning.  In the hands of motivated teachers, these activities have great potential.  Over the course of the planning session however, something else became very clear; teachers have incredible demands on their time.  In an effort to bolster confidence in the PLT program , I offered to come back and teach an activity of their choice to each of the classes in the grade.

Two weeks later, I taught  the 3rd grade classes.   It was awesome!   In evaluation, one teacher told me, “The activity went perfectly with our science unit. It was more insightful then lessons taught in the past.”  Another teacher mentioned, “It was so helpful to see how you ran the activity. I wasn’t sure how to visualize it.”   After working with 2nd grade,  I received  notes from the kids.  One boy drew an amazing picture of each plot we visited and wrote, “Thank you for coming to teach about living and non-living things. My favorite part was measuring that tiny plant in the sand pit!”

Several weeks later my appreciation for the teachers’ efforts in trying PLT and the kids’ eagerness to learn came together.  While  attending an after school event a blonde-haired boy came up to me.  I recognized him as one of the 3rd graders I’d worked with.  He looked up at me  and began to sing the life cycle song I’d taught him weeks before.   The principle  happened to be standing  next to me, and with a grin shook his head and said, “Wow, that’s pretty impressive.”

In a profession where effort often seems to outweigh product, being in the mix with the kids and teachers spurred my enthusiasm for Environmental Education and its potential for the improvement of young minds.  PLT is still the backbone of Environmental Education.   Teachers still want it and children still need it. One of my favorite remarks from the kids I worked with was simple and complete: “Thanks for teaching me about science.”

As Environmental Education teaches children about the dynamic natural world around them let’s remember to be just as dynamic in our approach to spreading Environmental Education into lives of the teachers and children who need it.

Kyle Koyle is the CO Project Learning Tree Early Childhood CoordinatorFor more information about Colorado Project Learning Tree and our teacher workshops visit www.coloradoplt.org or email pltcolorado@gmail.com.  Find them on Pinterest and Facebook.

Kindergarten readiness: how to prepare your child

Kindergarten! It can definitely be a scary thing to start thinking about your little one moving on to elementary school. There are many things you feel like you have to do and prepare before dropping them off at kindergarten for the first time. How great would it be if you felt confident in your child’s readiness for kindergarten because of the preschool you chose for them? Well, we’re here to help and make that feeling happen!

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool, we pride ourselves on kindergarten readiness and preparedness for our students. Our curriculum was developed to meet State standards and objectives that children need to know before elementary school. It may seem overwhelming to have to research standards and objectives to work on with your kiddos. If you bring your children to us, we will make sure that you don’t have to worry about any of that. This month in our Little Sunshine schools, the students are learning about mountains and forests. Our educators are dedicated to teaching their students everything they need to know to become a prepared graduate of pre-kindergarten. The cameras in the classroom uphold our teachers to a very high standard and allow you to see what your child is learning and doing in their class. This enables you to be able to support their learning at home and play an important role in their kindergarten preparation. The following chart demonstrates our objectives versus Colorado’s state standards and objectives for preschool/pre-kindergarten.

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse Objectives Colorado Academic Standards
Know what a mountain is by describing it Objects have properties and characteristics
Know three plants/animals that can be found in the mountains and forest Living things have characteristics and basic needs
Explain the difference between forests and other habitats Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
Trace or write the letter “M” Letters are formed with accuracy
Compare and contrast types of trees in the forest Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
Name and describe one shape found in the forest Shapes can be observed in the world and described in relation to one another

 

kindergartenHow do we get the students to learn these objectives, you might ask? Here are some examples of activities that our pre-kindergartners are doing in the classroom:

  • Make a forest animal alphabet
  • Dissect flowers and name the different parts (stem, leaves, petal, etc.)
  • Draw and label a forest habitat
  • Draw and label forest animals
  • Discuss shapes found in forest (heart-shaped leaves, round-shaped bird nests, etc.)
  • Discuss the differences in moss and show samples
  • Draw and label a mountain range
  • Write mountain, range, and other unit words

If you are ready to make the best decision for your child’s education and enroll them in our program, please contact Chelsea Dizon at chelsead@littlesunshine.com or Lynda Barraza at lyndab@littlesunshine.com. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

Can We Bully the Bullies?

She meandered across the street in front of my car and grinned at me with her braced teeth.

“Take your time,” I mumbled.

“She’s mean,” my son said from the passenger seat.

“You know her?”

“She’s in my choir. She’s a year older than me. Our teacher asked us to move over a little on the risers and when I did she said, ‘Take it easy, b—ch.’”

I looked at the offender again, still grinning at me in a what are you going to do about it? kind of way. “Are you kidding?” I asked my son. “When did this happen?”

“Two months ago.”

Well, never mind that the insult didn’t even make any sense…I watched this girl with a new eye.

Keep walking. But I’m watching you.

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“I can’t go to sleep.”

This statement, coming from my 14-year-old daughter, who covets her down time, was a little bit of a shock at 11:00 PM.

“What’s up?”

“She texted me that she needed the Spanish homework printed off from last week and I told her I was already in bed. Now she’s texting me that I’m a b–ch and a whore.”

She’s what?”

 Now, this is a sports teammate of my daughter’s; everyone else on the team does not speak to this girl because of her behavior and my daughter has always tried to maintain a friendly relationship because she feels bad for her. That, mixed with a fear that this girl will spread false rumors about her throughout the school if she gets mad (and let me tell you…high school rumors are something I wouldn’t wish on anyone), has had my daughter somewhat paralyzed in this toxic “friendship.”

“She does that all the time. She texts me all the time. I didn’t give her an answer in class today and she flipped me off.”

At this point I was sitting up. “I’ll talk to her mom.”

“Her mom is just like her.”

I thought for a minute. “We need to talk to the dean.”

Her eyes filled up with tears. “Her uncle is the dean.”

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I received a notification from my neighborhood website that a mom is looking for guidance because her child is being bullied. After trying to talk to the parent about what was going on, the parent of the bully called her many vile names. This was followed by the mother of the offender waiting at the bus stop until the frightened child got off the bus so that she could further harass her.

The mother.

My neighbor was asking for information about home surveillance systems.

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I’ve made a huge mistake in teaching my kids to be good people.

No, seriously…it’s true. They’re scared to speak up for fear of retaliation. They go to school each day, ridiculously expecting that other people are there to learn, maybe talk in the halls a little too long, and drink their Capri Suns in peace at lunch.

In all of my parenting concerns, I didn’t foresee parents who would champion their kids stomping on the weaker, encourage children to belittle whoever they could get their insecure hands on, and generally do what they could to make their own insignificance matter.

As I sat and read the mother’s post on my neighborhood website, the words it’s not fair kept rolling around in my head. Other neighbors offered up helpful advice about restraining orders and contacting the school to ensure the child’s safety. I caught myself before I suggested that the woman install the home security system she was asking about and then send the other family the bill (which I think should be allowed – why should the victim have to pay?).

This isn’t new. When I was in school, the class before me was so bad the middle school principal quit. Two teachers in my high school couldn’t take them anymore and left. This group of kids bullied and cursed, tripped those of us they deemed lower than them and laughed as they stomped on our Trapper Keepers.

Who knows?

Maybe my own mom’s foot dangled over that brake a couple of times.

Catherine Tidd is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A MEDIOCRE WIDOWYou can read more of her pieces on her blogs,  Widow Chick and Yes, You’re Crazy.

Roots Elementary: The radical approach this new charter school is taking

Not all students are created equally and that is the goal of Roots Elementary in Northeast Park Hill, a community-supported public charter school that is not only breaking barriers but it is downright crushing them with a radical new approach to time, talent and technology to create custom learning experiences for their scholars.  After four years of planning, Roots Elementary is currently in its first year for K-1, Choice Enrolling grades K-2 for 2016-17, and will add a new grade every year through fifth grade.

I’m an advocate of charter schools. I’m also an advocate of district-run schools. My kids have been enrolled in both and I’ve come to learn that while many charter and district-run schools are successful, others aren’t.  Each child’s aptitude and learning style is so unique that it’s thrilling the Denver-area has so many options.

I sat down with Director of Operations and Innovation Jill Carty to discuss Roots Elementary, whose mission is to “empower all children to determine who they are and who they will become by providing an exceptionally personalized, rigorous and joyful education.” The First round of Choice enrollment ends Jan. 29, 2016, and Roots will continue to enroll this Spring.

Jon Hanover

Jon Hanover

What was the inspiration behind Roots Elementary?

We spent four years in the design and planning of our school, which was inspired by our principal Jon Hanover’s extensive consulting work at other charter schools around the country. His role was to help solve common challenges, primarily around personalizing the school experience for every child. Students learn better when they’re engaged and the best way to do this is to make learning relevant to their world and appropriate to where they are in their development in the curriculum. Each student is a different learner…but many schools are set up for them to all have the same instructional experience.

Hanover began to engage with those school leaders and mentors pondering the question: what would it would take to not just use the traditional model and squeeze personalization into it but if you were to start from scratch, what would that look like? What can you reimagine school to be? What do your classrooms look like? Hanover’s vision was for school to be more fluid and have more choices. He spent three years planning and testing out schedules and piloting tools for every student to have their own personal schedule–no two students at Roots have the same one. He took away the age-based learning approach and broke it down concept by concept, moving students along a path of knowledge at their own pace.

If I was to visit the school, what would I find?

Roots Elementary looks very different from the moment you walk in. Instead of self-contained classrooms where you have the same 25 kids with their single teacher, Roots has a large, open space called The Grove that is designed for 100 students. You’ll find a mix of large open spaces almost Montessori-esque and smaller classes along the periphery. In The Grove, there are five centers: (1) the Writing Center (personal narratives, library, books to their level), (2) the iPad center includes 30-45 min/day engaging in digital content that is selected for where they are in the curriculum, (3) the Flex Center has a lot of the hands-on activities and manipulatives where activities are done in small groups or pairs (4) In the Maker Center, we are building the engineers of tomorrow by designing structures or using a real-life design and adding details we we build the engineers of tomorrow through electric circuitry and programming, and finally (5) the Library, where scholars are reading on their own or with a buddy, at the exact right lexile level for their growth.

grove

 

We are adding a grade every year until we are a K-5 school and are currently enrolling K-2 for 2016-17, which means more Groves as we grow. Every Grove has eight teachers who are team teaching 100 students so the ratio is 13:1, and will stay constant as we scale.  Four of the eight teachers are Academic Content teachers, and unlike a kindergarten teacher who knows a bit of each content area at the Kindergarten level, we have dedicated content teachers who know their content from Pre-K through 3rd grade, which allows each teacher to truly extend instruction for scholars who are advanced. We are Common Core aligned, but do not let age restrict students from moving on to more challenging content. Two of our eight teachers in each Grove are Habits of Success Coaches, who are fully licensed lead teachers dedicated entirely to social/emotional learning. Coaches split the Grove in half, getting to know 50 families each. They meet with each scholar one-on-one every two weeks to review, set goals and see how their cycle needs to change.  They keep a close eye on involving parents to ensure growth is happening, and do home visits over the summer to get to know each of their families.

What keeps students on-track and learning?

Technology is an important way we define schedules.  Every student has an iPad and each teacher who is monitoring the Grove shows students who’s supposed to be where and when. Teachers see in real time who’s checked in so that we can “take attendance” and hold scholars accountable for being in the right place, working on the right task.

What classes are offered?

We have math, reading, writing and science. We also offer performing arts which an element of Spanish language. On the social/emotional side, the Coaches also teach twenty minutes of “Morning Circle” every morning, which is a time for scholars to build community, talk about character-building traits like empathy and integrity, as well as our GROW values: Grit, Relationships, Ownership, and Wonder.

What kind of students go to Root Elementary?

As a charter school, everyone is choice enrolled from all over the city. We don’t have any sort of geographic preference rolled into our lottery rules. That being said, right now half of our scholars are close enough to walk to school, and the rest come from other parts of Denver and a few from Aurora.

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What are parents saying the like about the program?

Parents rave that their kids have never loved going to school as much as they do here. This is critical in early elementary, where kids are deciding if school and learning are things that they enjoy. If they lose that passion for learning early on, it’s hard to get it back later in life when continuous development and self-improvement is so critical for success.  Parents also like that we are teaching our scholars how to own their learning in order to accomplish their goals, the same way they will need to in college and beyond.

Can you please give us details about how choice enrollment works?

There are two rounds to DPS’s SchoolChoice process. Round 1 ends on January 29th, and Round 2 will begin sometime in mid-March. In both Rounds, families complete a form listing their preference for their child’s enrollment, out of any public school in the district (including charter schools). There is an online version of the form, but we personally prefer it if families bring in a hard copy of the form to school so that we can scan it over to DPS and give the family a copy for their records. If a school is overenrolled after Round 1, students will be selected based on a lottery, and any enrollments after that will be on the school’s waitlist. We have a lot of demand for Round 1, but we also have a lot of seats to fill as we’re doubling in size next year! I think we’ll have seats open in Round 2, but Round 2 is first come first serve, so we’re asking families to come in for a tour in February and early March if they are interested in learning more about our program.  Go to  rootselementary.org for more information. -In partnership with Mile High Mamas

A new year, a new school? Tips & resources for open enrollment

Are you participating in the open enrollment dance this year? You know, that frantic round of school tours, phone calls, coffee chats with other parents, stealth visits to schools to observe kids on the playground…

If you are considering sending your child to a school other than the one in your neighborhood, then yes, you may be doing some or all of these things.

Believe it or not, there are ways to prepare yourself for making the best school choice for your child. Long gone are the days when your child was required to attend your neighborhood school (although it’s great when the neighborhood school is the right fit).

Child struggling in school? What makes Denver’s Universal Achievement Tutoring different

Do you have a child who struggles in school? My bright, hilarious, spirited daughter has always hated math and we’ve had a number of tutors do a great job building her skills since she was in third grade. More than a year ago, I had Jake Gamsky, founder of Universal Achievement Tutoring, reach out to me. I initially put him off but he was persistent and I’m so glad he was.

Last fall, we switched to Universal Achievement Tutoring. From the very start, our sessions with enthusiastic tutor Stacey were different. It wasn’t just about the schoolwork–the Universal Achievement program empowers students to succeed inside AND outside the classroom by incorporating exercise, nutrition education, and positive psychology training into the in-home tutoring sessions. Jake’s philosophy is “These external factors have all been shown to significantly benefit the learning processes in the brain, which results in higher grades and test scores. In addition, our program will improve student focus, motivation, and discipline, lower stress, and increase overall happiness. We want students to not only receive good grades and excel in school, but also to excel in other areas of life as well.”

Stacey became my daughter’s cheerleader and confident. I overheard discussions about what point in her school day stressed her out the most and Stacey helped her develop coping skills. A regular assignment was to write three things every day she does well and the positive self-talk has worked wonders on her academics. While math might always be a struggle, she is becoming more confident in her ability to succeed. As the mother of a kid who has waged many homework battles, I’m so grateful that she has become more accountable and independent  in completing assignments.

What inspired Jake to take this approach? He  is a former college athlete with a B.S. degree in physics and a M.S. in aerospace engineering who has been tutoring formally and informally for about 12 years. “A couple of years ago, I began to realize that sometimes tutoring alone isn’t enough for some students to get ahead in school. I began working to create a program that would take a holistic approach to learning and not just focus on the academic side of the equation. I spent years educating myself on the science behind learning and brain development in order to create a program to help students in Colorado. Universal Achievement Tutoring and Coaching is the culmination of all the best ideas and information from my research. Having healthier, more motivated, and more academically successful students is advantageous for everyone in Colorado.”

uaA few things UA Tutoring offers:
  • In-home sessions: Their tutors come to you and work with your student in the comfort of your own home.
  • Flexible scheduling: You work directly with the tutor to create a schedule that works for your busy life. 
  • Affordable: They have a number of competitive, flexible payment options available that don’t involve long-term contracts or paying in advance of sessions. 
  • Progress reports: They monitor the progress your student is making and provide you with reports so you can see the return on your investment.
  • Research based: All of our training and tutoring philosophies are based on the latest research in the areas of learning, exercise, nutrition, positive psychology, habit formation, willpower, and productivity. 

If you’re interested in scheduling a free consultation or to find out more, be sure to go to uatutoring.com.

Three things to look for when finding infant and toddler care

One of the hardest things a parent of an infant or toddler will have to do is find the right school and care for their little one while they are away at work. With dozens of options, it can be hard to sift through different programs and find the perfect fit for your family.  At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, we recommend that families focus on the following three areas when finding the right pre-school option for their child.

  1. Transparency- Ask yourself, if something was wrong or my child was unhappy, would I know about it? As a parent of an infant or toddler, we cannot simply ask our child if everything is okay. Instead of relying on intuition or worrying about the unknown, opt for a program that prides itself in communication and transparency. Look for a school with cameras in all the classrooms, so you can always check in and see how your little one is doing. This ensures that staff are staying up to par and keeping up with their expectations. Kiddie Cams™, cameras installed at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Pre-school allow parents to watch their child from a computer or smart phone whenever they want.  Also, seek care that ensures an “open-door” policy; one that makes you feel welcome when you arrive.  Ensure that staff that maintain constant communication with their families.  Ask teachers and directors if their policy is to send weekly classroom newsletters, daily thorough updates, and pride themselves on communication with parents as a key to their success. A LuvNotes™ system, like the one found at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, gives you a thorough electronic daily update complete with a picture or video.
  2. littlesunNurturing Staff-Infants and toddlers should have a special place in the school’s heart! They are just learning how the world works and need caring, nurturing teachers that form deep bonds and promote positive relationships. Schools should insist that teachers provide a warm and secure place for children to grow at their own pace. A school like Little Sunshine’s Playhouse believes babies should be held during feedings, rocked to feel loved, and spend time on their tummies to discover the world around them. Music is also very important at this age, so programs that play soothing music at naptime along with familiar tunes that they learn to recognize at different times throughout the day is a must. Also, seek a program that implements sign language as a way to communicate before children develop their language skills. This helps children learn to communicate and feel like a valuable part of the classroom.
  3. A Comprehensive Play- Based Curriculum- Looking at the school’s curriculum is crucial in finding a good fit. A strong curriculum will focus on whole child development. This should include emphasis on learning from a social/emotional perspective, cognitive capability, and physical development. Finding a program like Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Pre-school that specializes in language development through a Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum is an added bonus, as the benefits are greatly seen in elementary school.  The curriculum should focus on developing skills through play and lessons that include hands-on activities, active participation, and team building projects.  Infants and toddlers should be given free rein to explore their environment.  Teachers should influence curiosity and development by providing activities that promote curiosity and questioning. 

“Infants and toddlers are learning everyday about the world around them and their personal interactions with that world and the people in it.  A nurturing and social environment where babies are talked to, smiled at, held frequently and given opportunities to explore their own abilities and limitations instills a trust and confidence to succeed that will carry with them through their childhood and beyond.” – Rochette Dahler, CEO Little Sunshine’s Playhouse.littlesun1

Infant and toddler care is extremely crucial for providing a solid foundation for a child’s educational journey.  By asking the right questions and looking for the right components, you will have a child that with thrive and be confident in their ability to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Pre-school in Littleton maintains an identity and brand image of unrivaled distinction in early childhood education. Our facility serves as a castle for a “Once Upon A Time” experience that enables each child to develop their imagination. We use industry-leading technology in our programs to provide exclusive services such as our Kiddie Cams™ and LuvNotes™! Please contact chelsead@littlesunshine.com or visit littlesunshine.com to find your child’s “once-upon-a-time” school experience at one of our incredible schools! 

In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

 

Middle schoolers learn math at their own pace with this new program

Many American students struggle in math. And the statistics show it: High schoolers who take international math tests ranked 36th in the world. Teach to One, a math program offered by New York-based non-profit called New Classrooms Innovation Partners, aims to change that dynamic. 

In this new math program, each student follows a customized program that lets them learn at their own pace and master each concept before moving onto the next one. Right now, Teach to One is in only 28 schools across the country. It’s not cheap. In fact, it’s one of the more expensive math programs out there, at $100 per student, plus support costs. Denver’s two pilot programs are covered by grants and the district.

Click to read Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin’s report from Morey Middle School. 

A “Once Upon a Time” Preschool Experience!

As a mom of two little girls, I know the difficulty in finding the “just right” school.  As a parent, you want to do what is right for your child, but there is always a fear of “will the teachers take good care of my little one? Will my child have fun and get to play? Will my children be ready for kindergarten? Will they learn to love education and develop the positive skills for lifelong learning?” 

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Pre-school, we have gone above and beyond to answer these questions for our parents.  As the owner and program director, I am passionate about ensuring each child has the best first years of education.  My background is in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and I know the value of a good early childhood education.  Having the necessary tools and skills to learn and grow sets each child up for success in elementary school. And ultimately, that is what we provide.

sunshineparentsMy husband, Jordon, and I saw a need for early childhood educational schools in the Littleton area. We are so excited to be able to provide this school for families in South Denver.  With an innovative atmosphere, home-like environment, and a strong curriculum, we maintain an identity and brand image of unrivaled distinction in early childhood education. Our facilities serve as a castle for a “Once Upon A Time” experience that enables each child to develop their imagination.

We use industry-leading technology in our programs to provide exclusive services such as our Kiddie Cams™ and LuvNotes™! Our Kiddie Cams™ serve as a gateway for parents into to peer into the classroom, as parents are able to watch their children from their computer or phone during the day.  Our LuvNotes™ system offers an electronic form of communication to let parents hear from and speak with their child’s educator.

Furthermore, our ultimate goal is to involve students with hands-on activities to help them develop a great sense of curiosity about the world and a passion for education! This promotes students who will thrive as individuals and become life-long learners!  The curriculum we created, Creatively Shine™, does just that.  This curriculum is a whole-child approached, Reggio Emilia inspired, project based curriculum that features that. With a focus on whole child development, active participation and even extracurricular activities such as music, foreign language, physical education, and more, we provide a comprehensive educational experience.

Our curriculum also spotlights social and emotional development that helps children learn to interact with each other, which is especially crucial for little ones. We also place an emphasis on STEM (science.technology.engineering.math) development. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, we want to find what each child’s strengths are so we are able to help them grow and feel comfortable in the educational setting.  We strive to promote a positive learning environment, as we know that children are naturally curious and we want to ignite the potential within them!    

Follow the magic to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and let your child’s creativity and imagination grow with us.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the preschool that opens Spring 2016, please call me, Chelsea, at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse (303) 973-8589, or visit www.littlesunshine.com. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

You’ll Love This School’s “Favorite Book Characters” Pumpkin Contest

My job as a Digital Teacher Librarian in a local school has allowed me to experience some pretty great things. This October, we decided that we wanted to host a school community pumpkin decorating contest. The theme was Favorite Book Characters. The rules were as follows: No carving or puncturing the pumpkins. Fake pumpkins or gourds were okay. Be creative!

We had over 50 entries for our very first contest and I can tell you that this will become an annual event! The pumpkins have been in the library all week and I love that it is a conversation starter about favorite books. Next time you take a look at that pumpkin, think of the book characters that you can bring to life. Here are a few examples (or try to guess them yourself).

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Minions Junior Novelization

Minions Junior Novelization

Little Critter

Little Critter

The Very Hungry Caterpiillar

The Very Hungry Caterpiillar

Where's My Mummy ?

Where’s My Mummy ?

Charlotte's Web; Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; Harry Potter's Gandalf; Captain Underpants

Charlotte’s Web; Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; Harry Potter’s Dumbledore; Captain Underpants

Bad Kitty Needs a Bath

Bad Kitty Needs a Bath

Harry Potter's Gandalf

Harry Potter’s Dumbledore

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

rainbowfish

Rainbow Fish

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton

Is your school doing anything noteworthy, unique or fun? We’d love to hear about it!Jennifer Close is a teacher librarian and travel blogger. In 2012, her family left the beaches of Pensacola, Florida for the mountains of Denver, Colorado. She likes to read, craft and look for adventures with her children and you can find her at Two Kids and a Map