It's been a lovely first week of fall here at school. Thank you so much to all of you who could come out for our low key equinox celebration last Friday night. We built a really pretty little collection of offerings and enjoyed some lovely pumpkin bread made from pumpkins started by the class last year and grown in our gardens here at school. We were lucky enough to catch a little bit of end of summer sunshine for it too.
We have enjoyed another week of seeds and fruits talk. We observed sprouting beans, talked about where the seed falls into the life cycle of the plant, we read "Growing Vegetable Soup" and made some "forest soup" from seeds and fruits and other ingredients in the woods. We talked about ways that seeds get around and found seeds stuck to our clothes and to Harper. We made some seed and glue pictures, and some pine cone bird feeders. We made berry and chia smoothies. We are taking down the garden and saving some heirloom tomato seeds for next year. So many growing things in the natural world are putting out their fruits and seeds as a sendoff to summer and a promise for next spring.
We had a chance to observe some swifts and swallows over the park this week, we heard jays, we saw very impressive spider webs, we watched juncos visiting our snack crumbs, we found some great flicker feathers, and we found lots of lovely mushrooms and fungus.
We will be talking about seeds and fruits for one more week, and then switching to talk about the amazing and ubiquitous pnw fall spiders.
Have a nice weekend!