Painting our Trees
On November 15th, we had a beautiful (albeit cold) morning on the front steps observing and painting our gorgeous maple and gingko trees. There were a few options open to the children: tray mixing for creating paint colors to match the trees, painting with pre-mixed fall/leaf colors, drawing, and easel painting under the gingko trees.
Playing in the gingkos
The Thanksgiving Feast
As you will have seen in our previous blogs, we've been thinking about the Thanksgiving Feast for quite some time. The children have created elaborate table scapes and served many rounds of "persimmon jam". They also spent quite a bit of time decorating a fallen gingko branch with wonderful wire creations (including birds, nests, etc.). Then, as the day approached, we created an invitation and chopped our vegetables.
By November 22nd, we were ready to stir the soup, make persimmon jam, and set our actual Thanksgiving Feast Table.
Stirring the soup
It was such a wonderful treat to be all together for chapel! It definitely made some of the adults emotional.
For months now, some of the children have been talking about how we "used to go down there" with our families. Whenever we would take a group to the printer/copier, they would look down into the church and talk about it. Many of them remembered their older siblings being with them, or their parents. When we announced that we would have chapel there again, some of them asked how we get down there, so we went on a tour. We started by going into the balcony to look at it from above.
Saying "See you soon"