In Apple Blossom Garden we are thankful for baby brothers, pets, finger knitting, Christmas, family, flowers, everything, teachers, movie night, the middle of nowhere, pretzels, myself, school and bows.
Photo: Guests at our beeswax Thanksgiving feast.
Movement adventures in Apple Blossom Garden.
The Apple Blossom Garden’s first hike to the “Magic Woods.”
Enjoying the fall season!
HIKE DAY ~ We will begin our weekly Monday hike on Monday, October 23. Please dress for the weather and plan to pick up your child inside on hike days. Please make sure your Monday hiking child has a good night’s sleep, fortifying breakfast, and clothes that can handle what the woods may offer…including burrs! (Hats, mittens, rain pants or snow pants are expected based on the weather. Please make a bathroom stop before joining us on the play yard! Also, please no dresses or skirts for the girls and I would suggest pony tails or braids too)!
Starting next Friday, we are going to start to make soup. Our first soup will have potatoes from our own school garden! If you would like to share any veggies from your own garden, we would enjoy it very much!
In our circle time we are playing “Farmer Brown in Bungalow Town” game, where every child has a turn to be Framer Brown.
In our story time I started to tell the story “Harvest time”. It is a cute story where a hedgehog family helps Grandpa Murphy harvest vegetables while he is having a long nap.
When I’m grown up, grown strong as an oak,
I’ll tame the wild dragon with one mighty stroke.
When I’m grown up, grown big as the world.
I’ll ride forth a hero with my banner unfurled.
I would like to warmly welcome a new “mighty oak” Vaughn in our class. As well as his mom and dad Morgan and Mark Branson into our community!
What a weather change we had today! Pure autumn with some rain drops and whirling wind. Please make sure your children have proper outdoor gear.
For the last week and a half we have been starting our day with a little walk through the prairie (you can see some photos in our schools news letter). It is quite magical, especially when sun is shining.
Today we painted with wet-on-wet watercolor exploring the colors yellow and red and we’re going through the process of how we will paint and care for our materials. I hope to give you a chance to watercolor paint at our next class meeting. (The date is not set yet, but will soon be :))
We have had some changes in our snack schedule, adding some lentils and sauerkraut. Please enjoy the attachment with the most recent snack and activity update.
For the next couple weeks I will continue to work with “Mighty Oaks” on tying bows and encourage this work at home, as well as finger knitting.
Please enjoy some of autumn activity ideas:
- Collect Leaves! We are at the beginning of the height of colors for the autumn season, so please get outside, take a hike, and enjoy time in nature and the changing of the trees. If you find small/medium size leaves about the size of your palm, please collect, press in a book (put heavy books on top), and use later to decorate your table.
- Carve a pumpkin and/or bake one to make into pumpkin pie, muffins, or whatever you desire. Be sure to bake the seeds.
- Relax and enjoy each other’s company ~ play a game, read a book together, rake leaves and jump in them, sit around a fire.
Apple Blossom children are starting their day with a walk through the Prairie.
“Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in our self interest,not only because aesthetics or justice demands it, but also because ourmental, physical, and spiritual health depends on it.”—Richard Louv
Thanks so much to all who attended our first parent evening! It was wonderful to sit together, to share some tea and good conversations, and to learn a bit more about your child and yourselves. And also thank you so much for all of your help at the Harvest Festival. What a glorious day we had!
Last week I finished showing the puppet show “A little red house with no doors, no windows and star inside” (This week we will play it out. Shh. It is a secret.)
Our circle time imagination has been a story of Honey-bee, who visits three very different flowers, and tells each one a secret — which fruit each will become, with help from the bee, and the sun’s magic power.
“Inside the hive a treasure is made
Inside the honeycomb, honey is laid.
Inside the hive it is dark as night
Where bees make honey
From sun’s golden light.”
On Thursday we worked with wool and made little Honey bees. These little bees inspired children to create their own puppet show.
This week we entered the season of Michaelmas…a time for taming dragons, taking up one’s courage, and doing GOOD in this world. In that spirit, Mrs. Jen will grind grains with children on Monday, which we will make into bread on Wednesday. It will be a special dragon bread with treasures (almonds and raisins) inside.
On another note, in our circle time we will have a special “knighting” ceremony each day. A few different children each day will be “knighted” to go forth and do good deeds. They will choose a special treasure from a bag to take home. No need to talk to your child about this…help me keep it special. I just want you to know that you may see a special treasure come home, and it is a gift.
Tuesday morning we will have lots of outdoor morning play, and apple washing. We’ll peel and chop apples to make apple sauce for all three classes.
Children from Apple Blossom Garden, Sunflower Garden, and Wonder Garden have enjoyed playing and exploring outside during these last hot days of the season!
Thank you all for helping your children transition so smoothly to coming to school. As first weeks go in early childhood, it was smooth!!!! The children got along playing enthusiastically, and our circle time and story time was well attended by our young ones. I’m thankful to have seven Mighty Oaks (those children six or turning six this school year) who set such a good example, offered a friendly, helping hand, and were so eager to help.
These first two weeks at school we focused on holding a strong daily rhythm. This will be the focus of September as we learn what is expected and find our place in the culture of our classroom.
We had our first beeswax modeling, painting, and baking.
In story time, as Michaelmas time is approaching, I told the story of a boy whose father helped him make a kite. The kite traveled all the way to the stars and received Angel Michael’s blessing, eventually turning into the shining sword and helping the boy do good deeds in the world.
Last week I started doing some fine motor work with our “Mighty Oaks.” I am showing them how to tie a butterfly bow. They are learning to tie first knots and then working this into making a bow which will come in very handy on bread making day when we tie aprons on each other with butterfly bows in the back. Please encourage tying at home with your six-year-old and soon to be six year old children.
Mrs. Jen had brought to our classroom monarch chrysalis. We have seen about 5 butterflies emerge and fly away. What a beauty!
Ms. Jen and I thank you for your children. They are a book that has never been read and is continually being written, so we have much to learn from them!
If you have any questions about the classroom or your child’s experience, please don’t hesitate to check in with me. Thanks so much.
In the Classroom
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