November is upon us! It is at this point in the year we recognize families becoming very busy with travel and the holidays so we definitely try to slow things down a bit here on the farm and really enjoy our time.
We are currently transitioning our unit of study from Pumpkins to Illumination which will conclude with our Lantern Walk on Friday, November 11th from 6:30-8pm. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and then participate with their child. The children are already working on their lanterns and learning a new verse to sing for the occasion.
All Hallows Eve, or Halloween if you prefer, is coming up next Monday. Play yard conversations have focused on that all important question, "What will you be for Halloween?" There have been reports of spiders, ninjas, pumpkins, fairies and of course favorite characters. Given that the holiday falls on a school day this year we wanted to remind families of our policy. We are happy to have your child wear a festive Halloween tee or don black and orange apparel but costumes, masks and accessories are not permitted.
We are celebrating at school with our Pumpkin themed activities including...
The Fall Festival held Saturday was lots of fun, with plenty of time for the kids to play with animals, win prizes, and hear stories told by Lady Autumn! A big "thank you" to all of our parent volunteers and staff for their work!
We're looking forward to everyone coming out for a good time at the Fall Festival tomorrow from 10 AM-1 PM! A reminder to park at Wiley Middle School across the street. Admission is $7 and all-inclusive. Refreshments will be available at Sassy Pea Market.
We are still looking for a few volunteers. Email the school if you can help out, but have not yet signed up. Anyone like to face paint??? Let Andrea know!
Please spread the word on Facebook, and become a fan of the school if you're not already!
This week we are discussing spiders and weaving. The Saplings had fun using loops and a loom to practice weaving.
Morning snack Wednesday was Clementine oranges. The Treehouse children peeled the oranges themselves. Friends that needed help were paired with "proficient peelers"! Peer mentoring is an important tool in mixed age grouping.
We baked bread Wednesday. First, the dough was needed, then each child was asked to try to make a long snake. The three snakes were braided. The kids liked this new shape at lunch!
The Sprouts practiced grooming, including brushing their hair and teeth....
We started the day making chocolate banana bread for morning snack. It was delicious, and not too sweet!
"Grandmother Wind" was blowing hard at the farm today! Brrr...
Andrea helped the Saplings plant marigolds in preparation for Saturday's fall festival.
Even the babies made it out to experience the sunshine and the wind! One little lady enjoyed the mothering of two older little girls from the Treehouse.
We had some climbing monkeys today. It's fun to watch the desire to climb emerge when a child observes either his peers or an older child climbing. Next comes the work--every day coming...
Here we are in the middle of October and finally it is beginning to feel like Fall!
We have spent the past two weeks talking about Autumn Leaves and Corn. The children really enjoyed making the cornhusk dolls yesterday and the arrival of a big pile of mulch via dump truck.
The remainder of the month we will focus on Spiders/Weaving and Pumpkins/Illumination. The children will also be helping with a few farm preparations for our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22nd!
We will again need parent volunteers to help make our fall festival a success so please sign-up via the form on the front...