We learned about organic, sustainable farming practices like water catchment, worm composting, and an environmentally friendly ways to make chicken poop smell better. We also got to harvest some fruits and vegetables! Thank you Uncle Sean and Auntie Kai!
We had a great time at the Waimanalo Farms pumpkin patch!
Michaelmas is a harvest festival from Europe. It is originally from the Celtic tradition. It is widely celebrated in Waldorf communities and as I come from that tradition, I like to include it in our curriculum. St. Michael presides over this festival. He is depicted as a brave knight riding his white steed (represented by meteor showers) through the heavens, brandishing his starry sword. He saved the crops from the fire breathing dragon, by slaying him. He is the doer of good deeds. His bravery inspires us. He is the one we look to when we need to fortify our will forces and do what is right. Thus, St. Michael season here at the Green Preschool is the season of good deeds. We explore this concept at school: What is a good deed? I tell stories about St.Michael at story time. It is so helpful to be able to say to the children: “I need someone to do a good deed and hang up that apron that is on the floor.” You can ask your little ones to do good deeds at home too. Happy Michaelmas!
We end our spring semester with our annual puppet play. This year we told the story of Masha and the Bear, a story about a little girl who gets lost in the forest and has to live with a bear until one day she is able to out wit the bear and return to her grandparents in her village. Stories entertain us and enrich our understanding of ourselves. They remind us to be brave and clever, like Masha, so we can find our way out of the woods and into the sunlight of happiness.
We enjoyed a beautiful May Day celebration at Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo. We sang and danced around the May Pole, shared a potluck lunch and made May Day Streamers.