The fall season was gradually approaching and some Tucker Room children were beginning to notice the changes. "It's falling," Lucia said watching a leaf slowly fall to the ground. The cool and crisp days leading up to autumn were presenting us with pleasantly comfortable conditions to be outside and a changing environmental context within which the children could discover evidence of a season in transition. Gathering dried leaves instead of flowers for their mulch and sand cakes, our observations of the children indicated an awareness, on their part, of the slight changes that were signifying an onset of fall. This, along with the impermanence and transformation of the seasons, gave rise to the intention to explore fall.
At this juncture, it just so happened that the autumnal equinox was less than a week away. So, we set an introductory plan in motion: Firstly, to introduce some mythology and narrative around the fall season beginning with the Greek story about Persephone and the Underworld. Secondly, to take a fall walk so that we could observe signs of fall, collect leaves, enjoy the weather, and further reconnect. Thirdly, to begin observing and tracking the changes of two trees visible to us at school - the beloved persimmon tree in the outdoor classroom and the symbolic ginkgo trees that line our familiar Potomac street.
Approaching Fall and Noticing Changes
"I saw some of my leaves changing at home.
Introducing the Greek Mythological Story of Persephone
A Fall Field Trip to Observe and Collect Leaves
Using the language of drawing as a tool for reflecting
Our Gallery of Ginkgo Drawings