Originally sent on Sept 20th
As I am writing this today, children and adults around the world are striking for climate protections. I feel very grateful today and everyday to be part of doing the work that we are doing at Fiddleheads. I am also thinking how appropriate our current unit on seeds and fruits is to early childhood work and this moment in time. At Fiddleheads every day we strive to help our children practice self awareness, compassion, problem solving skills, gratitude, and we are very lucky to being able to focus on this kind of learning while also being immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and lessons of the non-human world, which calls us out of ourselves and into the larger collective of beings on this planet. Seeds and fruits. We nourish these seeds of connection and compassion in these young children. It often seems to me that the challenge of our time is to be informed yet also optimistic and active for a better future. As parents and educators though, we have no choice but to hold optimism for the future in our hearts, and work with our hands to make that future possible. May the seeds that we plant and nourish today bear fruit in these young children's lives for the kind of future that they and all beings deserve.
We hope to see any of you who can come to the equinox gathering tonight. It's at 6pm, and although it is a bit drizzly, so far we are planning on holding it at the green at the Salmon Street entrance to the park. Bring your biodegradable summer into fall offering for the alter and get ready to hear a few poems and songs and eat some pumpkin bread and drink tea! It will be nice to mark this important change in the solar year with any of you that can join.
We have had a lot of fun talking about seeds and fruits over the last week. We went for a long seed walk, we've collected an impressive array of seeds and fruits from the park and the neighborhood. We've read some beautiful and lovely books about seeds and fruits, and we've played some flying dandelion seed games. Right now pumpkin bread is baking and pumpkin seeds are roasting from the little pumpkins that we started from seed last spring and grew in our garden. It's hard to eat a meal without seeds, and we have been noticing them often in out lunches. We will continue to talk about seeds and fruits for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy talking about them with your child at home too.