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Pumpkins, painting and spooktacular learning

Kenowa Hills Learning program preschoolers try to pin the mouth on the ghost and the wart on the witch

Kenowa Hills — Preschooler Adalyn had a specific vision as she used a small rolling pin to flatter her pumpkin-spice-scented play dough.

“I’m making a pancake,” she said. 

Preschooler Ben dressed as a dinosaur for Halloween and enjoyed his popcorn snack

Across the table, her classmates at the Kenowa Hills Learning Center used plastic knives and cookie cutters to shape their play dough and one noticed that it smelled like cinnamon.  

Every preschooler was dressed up in costumes for Halloween and their staff members, dressed in several group costumes, guided spooktacular learning activities. 

Lead preschool teacher April Shoulders portioned popcorn into plastic gloves to make them look like hands with candy corn “fingernails” in the fingers.

“Do you want sprinkles in your hand?” she asked each student, before tying off the glove for them to snack on later. 

Self-declared best friends Maya and Lorelie couldn’t wait to enjoy their treat, so they sat down in the extended learning area and ate their popcorn.  

Dressed as one of the five Michigan seasons – winter, spring, summer, fall and construction – Learning Center Director Cali Lipscomb said she and her staff planned the spooktacular event to engage students and their families.

“We always try to choose an art activity, a food experience and something to engage their fine and gross motor skills,” she said. “There is a good mix of activities the kids could do on their own and others that required adult assistance.” 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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