Each Fall we head to Sauvie Island to check out a farm and harvest some produce. Pumpkin picking is always a hit! Children, parents, and teacher Susan adapted the gentle rhythm of a day at school as we explored the farm’s bounty.
We gathered first at the market to enjoy Farmer Don’s humorous presentation of a variety of produce on Kruger’s Farm.
We then made our way to visit Matilda the pig, a long standing resident of the farm. Matilda, though suffering from arthritis, was so invigorated by the children’s bright curiosity and energy she sweetly made the effort to come to the fence and greet her admirers.
We checked out the array of chickens clucking and scratching in their yard.
Then it was time for a fun and bumpy tractor hayride out to pick our pumpkins!
Children joyfully scattered to find their perfect pumpkin.
There were some very squishy pumpkins for stomping and inspecting!
Riding back for circle time and sing-along, migrating geese in formation honked and flapped above. The fields earthy sweet scent of the turn into winter was a gentle reminder of the cycles of the seasons.
We had an excellent version of circle time perching together on a giant tractor wheel.
Snack time focused on fall harvest foods, on our field trips and in the classroom, with pumpkin muffins and learning to make our own applesauce!