GTMS Life > Blog November 6, 2022

Wonder-Fall

Thank you to Siya’s Mom for sharing with us all about Diwali, and for the special gifts from India. We enjoyed looking at the book again and again and the light of the beautiful diya (see the children passing it around). We had a delightful time with our annual pumpkin float! First, it was helpful […]

Thank you to Siya’s Mom for sharing with us all about Diwali, and for the special gifts from India. We enjoyed looking at the book again and again and the light of the beautiful diya (see the children passing it around).


We had a delightful time with our annual pumpkin float! First, it was helpful to scrub the pumpkin, Montessori style! (Thank you to my friend who got it so clean!)

Then, we all made predictions. This BIG, heavy pumpkin – will it float or sink?

After carrying many small pitchers of water to the tub all morning long, we finally reached the moment we’d been waiting for: It floats!

On Halloween day, we carved our pumpkin. The children had been arranging their own face designs with the paper jack o’lantern work you (seen on the tray at the rug), using circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and ellipses. On this day, triangles were the favorite. We passed around the top and the seedy insides to feel, lit a candle, and watched it glow. It is now a jack o’lantern! A fitting time to sing this little song:

🎵“I have just one nose, I have just one mouth. My nose is North and my mouth is South.”

Miss Kat roasted the seeds to accompany snack later in the week.

As you can see, we have been very busy during our work cycle! I look forward to your opportunity to virtually to observe.

Finally, the migrating monarch butterflies we read about in September have arrived in their wintering place in Michoacán, Mexico, just in time for Dia de los Muertos! We learned that in this holiday, calacas (skeletons) are depicted in a happy, not scary, way, to remind people of the joyous lives of people remembered who lived before. And the annual return of the monarchs is connected to the holiday because the butterflies symbolize the spirits of loved ones and ancestors. People make a cemetery into a cheery place with candles, foods, and stories of remembering. Miss Allison made cards with a sugar skull (calavera)design for us to add to our pin punching work.

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