That time of the year has rolled around for many kindergarteners around the country.  Dare I say the “holiday season” is just around the corner. For most educators Halloween marks the beginning of three months of festive celebrations.

I have a little rule in my classroom that we don’t fully discuss holidays until that month has arrived. Just go ahead and say the word “Halloween” (or any of it’s partners – candy, party, costume, etc.) in September. Be ready to stave off a full blown conversation that could possibly last the next 30 days.

I was searching through the Wonderopolis archives and found this appropriately named wonder – What is a Jack-O-Lantern? on the day that I pulled out my Five Little Jack-O-Lanterns props and poem. The kids are entertained by this little readers theater poem for weeks. They love to hold the pumpkins and “roll out of sight”.

It is one of the many memories I create with my students. And I cherish it just as much as they do.

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