There is no way another month has gone by since I wrote my last newsletter! The time sure does fly faster as a lead guide!
Leaves were the theme of the month. The afternoon class got to collect beautiful red and yellow Chinese pistache tree leaves. They were real fall leaves as we collected them….the children marvelled at their colors. We took them back and pressed them. We took them out and most had turned brown. :( But we were still able to use them in the lovely placemats your children each brought home. Note to all, if you ever go somewhere with real fall leaf colors, please collect some and bring them home to Cedars! I can press them and save them for the next year.
Stone soup and pumpkin pie was the other BIG topic of the month, as I KNOW you all heard about! It was a huge success. Now, that does not mean they all loved it and you need to run out and make veggie soup for your child. However, everyone got to bring an ingredient, chop ingredients and help put it all together. I found a way for them all to taste the pie pumpkin that we had sitting on the shelf! They watched as I cut the pumpkin into small pieces and I rinsed and gave each child two pumpkin seeds to either eat (raw) or take home to try to plant. Not sure how many actually made it home, but they were very excited about the prospect. I took the pumpkin home, cooked it and pureed it, then brought it back so they could see what it looked like. I also let them smell the spices that go into a typical pumpkin pie (ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg) as I added them to our cooked and pureed pumpkin.
I took everything home, cooked (and pureed) the soup and pie, then brought it all back for our feast. The oldest kids helped Ms. Claire arrange and set the tables while the rest of us sang and watched. It was truly an exciting morning. We had our food, with only two cups of apple cider spilled, then the 4 ½ year old's helped Ms. Clair clean up. It was truly a community celebration! Thank you all for your contributions!
We welcomed David Thompson into our class. As a new three year old, he was very excited to bring his lunch to school and has proceeded to carry it around with him every day. The other children asked the first day why he had his lunch, but have just taken it in stride, even taking the lunchbox back to David if he leaves it somewhere.
I have opened the morning class for observations. Call me crazy to do it as we gear up for the holidays, but I decided we are all parents. If it is a little nutty one morning or if a child crawls up into your lap as you observe, you will understand. I thank you in advance for your understanding.
Your children continue to amaze me daily. Their desire to learn new things, explore new areas and work through their relationships with each other are incredible to witness. It is my privileged to help them in their journey.