Classroom Management for October

Classroom management in October can be extra tough! Need a simple yet effective way to motivate students to follow directions, stay on task, work together, and MORE! Then this free Fill the Pumpkin printable and activities is for you! Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!

Students are settled in and a little more comfortable this month so this month can be challenging. Plus there are so many super fun activities with pumpkin, spooky stories, and maybe even dressing up. I didn’t even mention all the extra CANDY! Yikes! Get practical ideas for your classroom and a free printable for October below!

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This activity goes well with these resources:


Remember your basic classroom management concepts.

  • Clear and consistent expectations
  • Routines that make sense to the students
  • Teach these expectations all way – don’t stop now

Focus on community and building relationships! Much of August and September is about learning about students and understanding their needs. If you haven’t gotten a chance to yet (because there are so many things to do, we get it) but try to build in some time to chat with students.

Some ideas of what to learn:

  • Sports, activities, hobbies students enjoy doing
  • Families, siblings, living situations, overall home life
  • Learning style and classroom needs

A student will light up if you remember to ask them how their soccer game went over the weekend! Need a note to send home to get more involved then click here.


To help students stay motivated this month try a fun game like Fill The Pumpkin!

You can choose to make a fun anchor chart like the one shown below or just grab the free printable for even easier management!

Behavior Management Plan

Super easy, just fill the pumpkin up with seeds for whatever you want to use – getting in line quickly, working hard, getting a compliment in the hallways. The key here is to state the expectation upfront so your students know how to earn that see.

When the pumpkin is full you can choose a fun activity to reward students when they fill all of the seeds in the pumpkin such as:

  • Extra recess
  • Short movie
  • Pajama day
  • Bring a stuffed animal day
  • Free time Friday

Allow students to generate ideas for a classroom reward ahead of time. There are so many options! Take a vote, count tallies, get students excited and make that part a learning activity too! Remember to remind students that if their idea isn’t chosen this month, they can try again next month!

Have a classroom discussion on positive behavior choices! Remind them of your classroom rules. (Need a set? Check out this editable set here)

Individualized Plan

This Free printable comes with a variety of differentiation options so you can pick what’s best for your students!

  • 10 seeds to color
  • 20 seeds to color
  • Cut and paste seeds

You could also do this activity with tables working together. Or maybe just a couple of students need this as an individualized plan. Or maybe your own kids at home need this? LOL!

Free Fill the Pumpkin Printable

This free fill the pumpkin printable can help you this month! Make sure to grab it by entering your information in below. You’ll unlock the freebie (even if you’re already a subscriber). Our freebie fairy (currently pondering Halloween costume ideas) will fly that over to inbox immediately!

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And if you love this idea, you need to check out check out Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy here too!

This post was written by Johanna and Kate. Both are certified teachers with experience in multiple early childhood classrooms and have a love of all things kindergarten.

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