Hi Fox Tail families!
November is upon us, can you believe it?! And Thanksgiving is already right around the corner! With this holiday in mind, it's been a perfect time for us to focus on learning about North America. We've learned where North America is on our globe (it's the 'orange continent'), and have practiced with the North America puzzle map to learn some of the countries found on this continent, as well as the two major oceans that border it, Pacific and Atlantic! We've also had the cardinal directions, north, east, south and west, on our minds as we explore the map.
As we prepare for our Fox Tail harvest celebration that's coming up this Friday, we're focusing on such foods native to our continent as corn, beans, and squash - known as the 'Three Sisters' to several Native American groups. We're also learning a bit about North America's wild turkey, the bird that Benjamin Franklin thought should be our national emblem due to its being a "true original Native of America," and "though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage." - Benjamin Franklin.
Our harvest celebration is a delightful Fox Tail Cottage event which the full-day children put on to share with the morning kids. With Gitana's help, we will harvest a few of the things growing in the gardens on the Cedars' campus. We'll have a tasting of these plants which include squash, beans, some greens and even some flowers! We'll also make hot chocolate, as chocolate is a native food of the Americas, as well as some pumpkin bread and tortillas. The children do all of the work and have such a wonderful time doing it! Helen and I promise to take pictures and send them home for you to see what fun the children have as they work hard to prepare and then enjoy their lovely banquet together!
Thanks a million to Julie Yioutis for ALL of her help in getting our art piece for the Fandango silent auction going and completed! Her artist's eye really showed in the piece! We were thrilled to see how the children's industrious, loving hands formed hearts to represent the camaraderie of Fox Tail Cottage, and how it all looked together is this gorgeous photographic piece!
Thanks, too, to all of you for being so willing to help with snack and laundry! We appreciate it so much, and the children have loved using the flowers to make small flower arrangements to display around our beautiful classroom! Here are the links to those sign-ups in case anyone is looking for an opportunity to help out. We do have several spots still open:
With the weather changing, please remember to send in fall-to-winter clothing for your children to keep in their extras boxes. As those clothes come in, Helen and I will make sure the warm-weather clothing comes home.
With this the change of weather in mind, please practice at home as much as possible with your children to empower them to dress themselves and put on their own outerwear, including coats, hats, mittens, gloves and shoes or boots. Here's a link to a video showing a cool trick we teach the children at school for putting on their coats and jackets:
note from Helen:
Please help your children remember to bring their tote bags in so they can bring home all of the work they're doing on Fridays. Even if your young first-year child isn't doing much work on paper to bring home, carrying the tote bag to and from school is a great routine to practice for developing the positive habit of looking after and being responsible for one's things. It also helps them to be aware of the days of the week: bring it on Monday, carry it home on Friday... :)
One more tidbit for you! Here's an article which offers some fantastic ideas on how to help make the transition from the school day to home as smooth and peaceful as possible. Remember, these articles are meant to inform, so take from it what is meaningful for you, and see if you can adapt any of these ideas into your family life...
During this week leading up to Thanksgiving, we have gratitude on our minds and in our hearts in Fox Tail, and we are grateful for all of you!!