From Pumpkins to Poinsettias

In the arts based early education program, seasons are marked by spontaneous encounters with nature as well as highly anticipated organized outings. Our annual trip to Pendleton’s Country Market is a little bit of both! In the past, littles, families and teachers enjoyed picking pumpkins, diving in corn, as well as the occasional unexpected delight like a butterfly landing on one’s nose. This autumn was a little different and extra meaningful as the Pendleton farm was devastated by last spring’s tornado, and they still welcomed the community with open arms. Despite the damage to this year’s patch, they strategically placed pie pumpkins (in a green bean field) for little hands to ‘pick.’ The young explorers enjoyed finding just the right gourd to bring home for the season, going on an extra tractor ride and eating snacks at the farm.  We are so appreciative of the special effort made by our friends and can’t wait to see what exciting experiences await us next year!

A young child in a tiger costume holds a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.

As our trees get bare and frost heads our way, you can get ready for winter fun with festive holiday plants provided by the fine folks at Pendleton’s for the Poinsettia Early Education Fundraiser. Get those orders in quick –  the deadline is coming up on November 5!

Click here to download the form or pick one up at the front desk today.