Saturday, November 20, 2010
The colors, the crisp air, leaf piles, changes taking place that are seen and unseen, known and unknown.
I enjoy the anticipation of coming home to sit with a hot mug of mulled cider, warm pajamas, a comforting fire.
This is a time to slow down because nature demands we stop and pay attention.
Our students feel this as well. On Monday we ventured out for a leaf walk to Madison Square Park. The task was to collect leaves of different shapes, sizes and colors. It is wonderful that such a simple task can bring such happiness and excitement.
Especially pleasing was a particular assortment of leaves that had collected in one area just asking to be thrown in the air to gleeful giggles. Leaves found their way into hoods, coats and Lauren's hair faster than a blink.
By the time we left, their little Ziploc bags were full of specimens to sort, graph and examine.
We have read some spectacular books to build knowledge about trees, leaves and the fall season (check out Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace for its information
and Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert for its creativity).
Our classroom is beginning to look a lot like autumn - wreaths made of leaves decorate the walls and clementines covered with cloves hang from ribbons on our twinkle light wrapped palm tree. It is a feast for the senses.
Who could ask for anything more?