We've been enjoying the applesauce from our Apple Harvest Celebration, and we have enough to last for many, many more weeks thanks to all of the apples brought in by families.
One of our stories in October has been about a little hedgehog who must search for a home when his leaf pile nest is blown away by the autumn wind. He meets an autumn fairy who is busy painting all the leaves on the trees, but who tells him to "follow the path of the sun". He finds a snug little pumpkin and makes his winter home there, blanketed by the falling leaves. The next story we've told is based on the story of "The Turnip" wherein a boy named Hugin enlists the help of his animal friends to pull a pumpkin from his garden so that he can make a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. The children tell the stories to one another in their play time, and I believe in telling the stories themselves, they begin to absorb the values inherent in the stories: a feeling of safety in the world, the help available from friends and loved ones, the beauty of the changing seasons.