Sunday, November 5, 2017

Our Boo Crew...

This Clayton Crew loves us some Halloween! Dressing up, spending the night out in the neighborhood, watching little eyes light up with delight...it doesn't get much better than that. 
Our "Boo Crew" this year consisted of a spooky witch...
 Jordan Spieth...
and our favorite mouse!
Max wasn't a huge fan of the group pic, but hey...this is real life!
 This picture totally captures their personalities: Kason trying to calm Max and take care of him while little lady is posing, haha! It was cool out on Halloween night and drizzly, so we went in the golf cart so we could make a quick getaway back home if needed. Max ended up having the best night with us! He loved being snuggled between me and Daniel while playing with his toy :).
 We went across the neighborhood to the older side where the houses are much larger and more established than our neighborhood. Let's just say this face says it all...
These kids racked up the loot!
 When we came back to our side of the neighborhood, we did go to the few neighbors around us that we know. We got back just in time because it started pouring a few minutes after we arrived. Unfortunately we didn't get very many trick or treaters after that, but the kids did love racing to the door whenever the bell did ring. Earlier that evening before we headed out trick or treating, we ate some yummy jack-o-lantern quesadillas...
We then of course ended our night with our pumpkin carving tradition...
So thankful for this "Boo Crew" that I get to have a spooktacular time with on a daily basis!

Trunk-or-Treat

The weekend before Halloween, our church had a Trunk-or-Treat. Believe me, these kids were THRILLED {even though the picture doesn't reflect that!}
 Our group is small, so it was intimate, but the kids could care less! They ran around playing games and grabbing as much candy as possible :).
 We had a bean bag toss game that the kids loved...
 even Max!
 Our sweet neighbors eve joined us...
I wasn't kidding when I said Ariel was an honorary member of our family now! A large group of us went out for dinner after. I love doing life with this group and am so thankful for the family friendly moments we share together! 

Cutest Pumpkins in the Patch...

In lieu of our traditional small group meeting, we met up at a pumpkin patch! We brought our sweet neighbor Ariel with us (who has quickly become a part of our family). We all had a great time visiting while our little pumpkins ran around and played.
 Kason and Daniel even picked out our pumpkin for carving!
These kids are the sweetest group, but are full of life and energy! Thankful for their adorable friendships. Aren't they just the cutest pumpkins ever?!

Halloween Homeschool...

By now you know friends how much I am in love with holidays...AND teaching! So, when I get to combine the two...eeek...so much excitement! I decided to take a few days off of our regular study, to have some Halloween themed school. We had a stem day where I showed various cards...
and the kids had to create their version of the picture using legos.
 Not only did they have a lot of fun, they did so well! I had a few activities that were more suited for Zoe, but Kason had fun playing around with her.
 We were close to finishing our adjective study, so we made a list together using a haunted house. Kason had to use this list to write a spooky story!
 We learned about Haiku poems and the kids wrote their own...
 Kason really enjoyed this Candy Corn Greater Than/Less Than practice...
 We watched a video on Spookley (since I couldn't find the book at the library)...
 Then did a reading activity...
 before working on our adjectives...
and making a cube like Spookely!
 Zoe continued her work on number recognition and counting by filling up her cauldrons...
 On the Monday before Halloween, we invited some other homeschool friends over for the morning to join us. Marie worked with Wyatt and Zoe on Room on the Broom.
and pumpkin investigations...
 While I did a mystery with the big kids. They were trapped in a haunted house and they had to follow this parts of speech scavenger hunt to get out!
 There were secret messages with a decoder, QR codes...
 and secret messages that they had to use mirrors to solve!
 We made skeleton artwork...
 and had a themed lunch before the kids took off to play :).
 The kids and I read & watched videos as we learned about the history of Halloween and Dios de los Muertos. Our biography was about the man who created the skeletons that are associated with Dios de los Muertos.
We also used the map to locate the origin of Halloween and Dios de los Muertos. Kason had to create as many words as he could come up with from Trick or Treat...
 and not only sort, but bar graph the candy he scored!
I love finding ways to make learning not only hands on, but intriguing and exciting for my munchkins!