I'm here with a quick update on our activities last week, as well as a bit of information on a fun and interactive future activity for GAP families.
Monday & Tuesday: Based on a month of great cooperation and fun, our community deserved a little fall celebration! We celebrated by playing plenty of field games, and watching a bit of the original Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (which we've also been reading as a group), while drinking some hot spiced cider.
Wednesday - Students shared what they know about worms: habitat, behaviors, diet, etc. We compiled our knowledge and used it to make plans for our worm bin.
Thursday - Students observed red wigglers donated from a student's own worm bin (thanks Arlo + family), and we went on a hunt for worms in our own school garden. Students also practiced scientific journaling and observation on their own worms!
Friday - We finished construction of our worm bin, adding organic materials to help the worms get comfortable in their new environment.
I'm also forwarding an email here from Lauren Rosenstein, the director of Green Schoolhouse:
Hello families and friends of Green Schoolhouse after school!
Here's a little note from Lauren (the executive director) about what's coming up this month.
The Thanksgiving season is upon us and we are so excited to celebrate as it is a time of year that joyfully celebrates food, family, and our sense of place. This year Green Schoolhouse will be working with each of its after school programs to collect some of your family's favorite autumn/cool weather/Thanksgiving recipes to combine into one delicious "Thankful Cookbook"! We would love for you to either email your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it in with your child by November 17th. The sooner the better. Feel free to use this as a way to chat with your children about your family traditions surrounding food, stories of days gone by, or the things you used to eat and cook when you were a child. During our after school time with the students we will be talking about the power of cooking together, decorating and building the cookbooks, and preparing a dish or two ourselves. We'll also be telling the original story of Thanksgiving and discussing the food from then and the food we eat now. We would also love to share our thanks with you for all of the support you give to our educators
Here's a link to read a little about the history: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
And a little about the food: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving-meal#
We are thankful for the magic your children bring to the garden!
the Green Schoolhouse