Friday, November 9, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Pumpkin Poem and Books

Songs and poems are a great way to introduce new vocabulary, concepts and grammatical forms. We have enjoyed reading this poem many times over the past few days. She giggles at the end of the poem every time! I have modified the poem slightly since it had an unknown original author and I think it flows a little better this way... hope you like it, too!




Two Pumpkin Seeds
(author unknown)

One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that!)
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see...
Now will it grow inside of me?

(I'm so relieved since I have found
That they only grow in the ground!)



We ended our pumpkin celebration with a book called Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.  It's a sweet story about a family who goes to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard. It is filled with great vocabulary words and concepts. I love the descriptive language she uses that help paint the picture of autumn. "red and yellow leaves," "big, fat turkeys" and "big, orange pumpkin."

We have also read Spot's Harvest by Eric Hill. This is a good book for young children, toddlers and young preschoolers. It's simple but sweet.

If you'd like these books, I have a link to them on Amazon or go check out your local library!

         



I hope that you and your child enjoy whole heartedly experiencing pumpkins!


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