Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Spooky

Spooky adventures await you this week as we explore monsters, spiders, black cats, pumpkins, bats, and more!


#READ: Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch Book Cover

Pigs have a wonderful time playing in the pumpkin patch and other spots on the farm, encountering other animals along the way. The piggies' antics introduce young readers to prepositions of direction.


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Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • This book is full of alliteration! Point out words that have the same beginning sounds throughout the story (e.g., looming, leafy).
  • Ask your children to identify prepositions as you read (e.g., “Where is the pig?”).
  • If your little learners aren’t ready to label prepositions, ask them to find or point to the pigs. Then you can label the preposition for your children (e.g., “The pigs are behind the sheep.”)
  • Introduce vocabulary words your little ones may not know yet, such as swarming, looming, or shrieking.


#SING: Pumpkin, Pumpkin

(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,

How’d you get so big and round?

Once you were a seed so small,

Now you are a great big ball!

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,

How’d you get so big and round?


#EXPLORE: Play jack-o’-lantern emotions to increase oral language, vocabulary, and pre-writing skills with your little learners.


You’ll need:

  • Orange and black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create pumpkins with your orange paper. Help your little ones to cut out black triangles, circles, semi-circles, and rectangles. Use your shapes to create your jack-o’-lantern faces. Is your pumpkin mad, sad, happy, or scared? Practice creating and naming different emotions. When you are happy with your jack-o’-lantern you can glue down your face shapes or continue to play later.


#JOIN: If you're spooky and you know it, get ready for some fun!

Little Readers: S is for Spooky! This literacy-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will sing, talk, read, write, and play together to develop the pre-literacy skills your little ones need to get ready to read and write. Join us for a not-so-spooky storytime as we read Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.

Monday, October 26, 2020 – 10 am

Little Movers & Shakers: Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. It’s time for a spooky sing-along with The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman and Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 1 pm

Friday, October 30, 2020 – 10 am

Little Explorers: Help us find the perfect pumpkin! This exploration-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will use books to nurture curiosity, create, and discover the world around us. This week we will read Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo and One Little Monster by Mark Gonyea. After investigating our theme through stories, songs, and a game we will conclude our program with a hands-on activity.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home for our exploration activity. This week’s needed materials are:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional: food coloring (orange or red & yellow)
  • Optional: 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Bowl & spoon

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 10 am


#KEEP READING: Choose some of the following books to continue your spoooky experience!


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