Harvest Celebration and Lantern Walk
We have been celebrating our way through Autumn and enjoying all the beauty it offers us outdoors. On our forest hikes, we've loved watching the leaves fall all around us, or shake a little tree and watch the leaves all rain down. Our chilly mornings mean that we're starting inside now and going out once the sun is shining a little warmer outside. For the harvest walk, children decorated their crowns with sequins and leaves, and painted their capes with autumn hued watercolors. After Halloween, the children enjoyed decorating pumpkins with pins, beads, and sequins. Later in the month, lanterns were prepared for our (very windy) lantern walk.
The children have gotten acquainted with our woodland hikes at this point. The constant stepping over and under and avoiding thorns or holes has given way to more familiarity and ease on our walks. New nooks and vines have been discovered and the children are often eager to get to their favorite places and sad when it's time to return. We'll continue these walks during December. They provide a soothing antidote to the rush and excitement of the season. In our nursery, Advent is observed not so much in an overt Christian way, but in a way that is meant to simply be a quieter and reflective observation, taking cues from the darker days and what nature is offering to us.