The seasons play a huge role in the curriculum at HFP, and autumn is an exciting time for children to witness drastic changes in nature. Our children have noticed leaves changing and plants releasing seeds and cones. They’ve observed animals gathering food for winter. Indoors, they’ve explored and helped prepare seasonal produce and foods. Pumpkin seeds and muffins, corn tortillas, apple slices and cider have all made appearances at snack time. Each fall, both HFP classes take a field trip to Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island to tour a working farm during the fall season, see where food comes from, and pick out a pumpkin to take home.
In the fall, our classes headed out to the farm. We started our morning with Farmer Don, who showed us a variety of fruits and vegetables from his farm and beyond. He told us about things he’s planted recently, remarked on the effects of a huge storm that passed through the region, and got the children thinking about what a real farm looks like.
Then we took a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch. Second-year children noticed that the area where we picked strawberries in the spring was now filled with corn. It’s so important for children to see the dynamics of planting food and crop rotation. It was exciting to see corn growing so tall, and think about the maze that was carved inside for autumn fun.
Everyone had a great time choosing pumpkins and running around the patch. Children noticed that some pumpkins were still green, while other pumpkins were starting to decompose and release their seeds back into the soil. Teacher Susan pointed out a few rotting pumpkins to some eager friends, who enjoyed seeing the pumpkin guts and seeds.
It was a beautiful fall day, and a fun trip for everyone. Field trips make exciting memories for children, and allow them to form new connections and bonds with each other. It’s also a sweet time for parents to connect and younger siblings to join the fun.
Thanks, Kruger’s Farm! We’ll see you in the spring!