Autumn Celebrations

by VickiLee on November 8, 2010

Autumn brings the harvest and the end of the growing season as all earth’s creatures prepare for the coming winter. Autumnal celebrations at Walden center on Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. We ushered in the season with our annual Pumpkin Carving and Middle Group performance. Families huddled over pumpkins transforming them into jack-o-lanterns, and then migrated to the large play structure where the carved pumpkins joined their cousins in a merrily lighted display.

Shay Black and friends entertained the crowd with stories and music (including bagpipes!) while the Middle Groupers got themselves into place for their performance, and what a performance it was. Harry led the children in the singing of several Halloween canons, a spirited rendition of the witches’ chant from Macbeth, and a demonstration of body percussion. Then the group took their places for a grand instrumental performance of “Old Mother Witch,” featuring improvised solos. We finished off the evening with soul cake lovingly baked by Walden families.

During the afternoon of Friday, October 29 Walden was taken over by witches, characters from Cats, vampires, Hogwarts students, roller derby girls, and many more strange and wondrous creatures at our annual costume parade and Halloween festival. When all the oohs and aahs were over students had their choice of many activities combining treats, science, and art: creating potions with Claudine, fishing for bats with Dominique, creating beans and mice with Alma, cookie decorating with Russell, squishing ice cream into being with Jon, listening to Matt read creepy ghost stories, scaring up spider pops with Pamela, and face painting with Susana and parent Shannon.

At the beginning of November Spanish teacher Alma Jurado fashioned an alter for Dia de los Muertos, sharing a beloved tradition from her native Mexico. Children brought in photographs and offerings to honor friends, relatives, and pets who have passed from this life. During their Spanish classes children had an opportunity to share stories about their honored loved ones. Alma then treated everyone to pan dulce, a tradition during Dia de los Muertos.

With strong community ties, Walden is ready for the winter!

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