Good afternoon to you!
Our annual Harvestfest will take place on Monday and Tuesday morning of next week. Each year, the Elementary/Middle kids prepare games and decorations to put out in the playground, and they monitor their games for the Sprouts and Seedlings. It's a child-led event and it is always very sweet. The older kids are instructed to create decorations that are about harvest or Halloween, but they aren't too "scary." They transform the play house into a "Haunted House" of sorts and they are always proud of their creations and games. This is a time when the older are able to interact and guide the younger, which is an important part of Montessori education.
We ask parents to send in harvest treats on either day for our harvest table - baked goods, fruit platters, creative fall food, hot chocolate or cider, popcorn, etc. All are welcome! The kids love to visit the harvest table to view and taste all of the goodies prepared for them. We thank you ahead of time for helping out!
Costumes will only be worn by Elementary/Middle kids - not Sprouts or Seedlings, and cannot be too scary.
Children who normally attend in the afternoon can come in the morning instead on either of those days - we don't want any of our kids to miss out on the fun!
Looking ahead into November, which will fly by, we always celebrate Thanksgiving in the Seedlings and Sprouts by making Stone Soup from the written story that describes a hungry soldier entering a town and showing the residents that if they all pitch in a little of what they have, they create a tasty community soup. Soon I will send more information on how all of you can participate in that event.
In Elementary/Middle, we make a traditional Thanksgiving meal that we all share together. A few years ago I had the Elementary/Middle kids travel to my home and we prepared and ate our Thanksgiving there. I am considering doing this again because those that were there have very fond memories of their time at my house and have asked if we can do it again. I am also trying to figure out if I did that, which day of the week would be preferable to my families to drive up my way. It is an hour's drive and it would take up most of the day. Consider this a survey, Elementary/Middle parents, and let me know your preferences or ability to drive up on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the holiday. If you prefer to have our celebration here at the school, let me know your feelings about that too. I will make my decision based upon the majority of opinions I get.
Have a great weekend!