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Halloween is a festival that is heavily fantasy based.
If, like me, you want to avoid the scary aspect and the fantasy based elements, then have a look at those Montessori friendly books.
In the classroom, we used to learn about the life cycle of the pumpkin, about cats, bats and spiders.
| also like story books that show to the young child what is going to happen when they go trick or Streaming without the need to scare them.
Here are the 3 books we have in our house!
Moonlight the Halloween Cat: the first Halloween book we had. I introduced my two years old to that book to explain to her why they were decorations all around the neighborhood.
Boo, made you jump: it's not strictly a Halloween book but my children loved Charlie and Lola. Funny detail: Have you ever noticed that the characters have only 4 fingers?
10 tricks or treaters: you will count backward from 10 to 1 and it's a great book to talk about dressing up and the whole process of going tricks or treats.
From seed to pumpkin. I have many other titles from that collection!
In this Classic Board Book version of a perennial favorite, a young girl shares in the joy and excitement of the fall season. "When red and yellow leaves are on the trees," she goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose "the best pumpkin of them all.
In this simple book, children learn about the growth cycle and many varieties of pumpkins, and even how to plant their own. The book also gives information about the special role pumpkins played in the first Thanksgiving, the history behind carving pumpkins into jack'o'lanterns, and how pumpkins are still part of our celebrations today.
A family visit the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin! Then they cart it home, scoop out the insides, carve a scary face, and finally light a candle inside, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind, glowing jack-o -lantern... Perfect to explain or recall what is a pumpkin patch and the whole tradition of carving the pumpkin.
This one is a counting book and a book to help children to be happy about themselves (as it talks about a boy who is the smallest one of his classroom.
What happens to your pumpkin after Halloween?
This one is a cute story about a little girl running after a pumpkin that rolls away.
For the youngest ones, where is my pumpkin is with a cute black cat looking for his pumpkin.
Do you have any other favourite Halloween books?
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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