Friday, October 24, 2008

Literary Pumpkin Festival

Each year during a week in October our front lobby turns into the best pumpkin patch I've ever seen. To celebrate our love of literacy each classroom chooses their favorite book and then transforms pumpkins into characters from the story. You can't imagine the creativity of our teachers and students - these pumpkins are truly AMAZING!

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12 comments:

Mrs.Mallon & Mrs. Dillard said...

Susan,
This is my favorite time of year at CCE. From the Literacy Pumpkin Festival to the Literacy Parade and then capped off with the Carnival. It is always a magical place no matter what the theme. Who has more fun than us?? MM

Melissa Ross said...

This is one of my favorite times of year. The kids get so excited and are so proud to show off their pumpkin creations!

Mrs. Snead said...

These pumpkins get more clever every year! I know the kids that help make them have a blast. It is a different kind of "art" and liturature exhibit!

Mrs. Wallace said...

This is also my favorite time of the year. It is fascinating to do a walk-through and seeing how a book comes to life creatively with pumpkins at the hands of children.

Anonymous said...

Susan,

I just wanted to let you know that I have tried and tried to comment on your blog, but I could never figure out the word scramble that you have to solve before you click "anonymous". There are never enough vowels.

The pumpkin patch does look awesome! Especially kindergarten.

Karen M.

Anonymous said...

Cool show! I finally won something as well!

As they say in SC, even a blind hawg finds an acorn once in a while (in this case, once in 10 years).

If this doesn't showcase a few multiple intelligences, I don't know what does! I got left behind when it comes to art, but it's all good 'cause my kids came through!

Peace,

T-Cubed

Michelle Ellis said...

It is so funny to read the previous comments because that is the reason why I wanted to comment. I love this time of year at Chets Creek. It makes you feel like you are living in a small town with the carnival, pumpkin decorating and the costumes. Each year it continues to bigger and better. The PTA, teachers, staff and students are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite Chets Creek traditions. I always learn so much from my students, about which books they love the most during the discussion about which book to use to create a pumpkin. Walking into the lobby when it is all decorated makes everyone excited to be coming to school. Thanks for keeping the tradition alive.

Jenny said...

Not to beat a dead horse...but, ain't life grand around here? LOL

I love how DIFFERENT all the pumpkins are each year! And, how they tend, so aptly, reflect what is going on in the classrooms. Having a kindergartener now, I loved to see the K classes that chose Star books for their pumpkins and Star book characters for their parade costumes! I know those books are so meaningful and special to them, I'm sure it makes them feel more of an ownership in these big - and very new to them - events.

What a fabulous tradition -- unrivaled anywhere else!

PS - Did anyone tell Meissner that it's not a SCRAMBLE??? Just type it like you see it! :)

Debby Cothern said...

I am so amazed at the creativity in our building. The pumpkins blow my mind each and every year. Our P.T.A. is the BEST!! It takes a great deal of work to put this fabulous event together and they do it with smiles. Our students are truly blessed, and so are we.

KK Cherney said...

I feel so honored that this tradition has taken a life of its own. "Books" coming alive in our foyer every year is tooooooo exciting!
The Book Fairy

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
A prankster named Tom R. or "T-cubed" commented under my name. Ha! Ha! Not only do I know how to comment but I can unscramble any writing - I am a Kindergarten teacher!