The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkin Festival and penny faire

animals at our school

this is one of the stations. Little jack Hornier sat in the corner......
Early childhood pumpkin patch

To begin the day the ENTIRE SCHOOL 200+ kids carves pumpkins

At our school we have a Penny fair in the early childhood where they dress up in magical theme customs and the parents set up fairytale stations for the children to come to. they are all fairy tale or nursery rhymes. we have Rapunzel in her tower (this is a parent) who has long hair (braided yarn) and the children put a penny in a bucket that is attached to her hair and she pulls it up and she puts a gift in the bucket (a shell, a jewel etc) and down it goes back to the child. the pennies are collected for UNICLEF . There is the sleeping giant, the plum and pie nursery rhyme, and some others I just can't remember at the moment.
any way it it lots of fun for them, they have about 10 stations that they go to to collect gifts at and than there is a big feast and they all eat together.....lots of fun!

The older children carve pumpkins and then go on a parade starting from the 8th grade and walking through each class and as they pass through the class, the next class follows and picks up at the end of the line , we end up with a very long line. The parade ends with an assembly and a performance. I had my Handwork 8th grade boys put on a skit and they ended with an explosion of party poppers into the was fun and entertaining.


Sarah said...

sounds like a lot of fun. We had a little Halloween fun at our school, but no big festival.

Kassia said...

What fun festival! If there's any chance you remember the what happened in the other stations, I'd love to hear about it!

denise said...

such great ideas! sounds like a lot of fun.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

This is wonderful. I am going to tell my daughter's kindergarten teacher about the fairytale stations.

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Poppy and Mei said...

I bet class 4 are so excited!
Wonderful things to come...XXxx

Castlequeen said...

What a fantastic idea - fairytales... of course. I am going to suggest as a fund raising idea at our next fair. I visit your blog often and love handwork myself.
Ali, NZ
Waldorf Mum to two and Steiner playgroup co-ordinator.