Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Trip to The Pumpkin Patch

We've had several trips this month, but none so revered as our annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch. I tease that we are out to find the most sincere pumpkin in the patch, but I don't think the kids watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" anymore. There are too many specials with more current day characters, I guess.

 Our class goes to a pumpkin patch at a little country church in Harlem, Ga., about 30 minutes from our school. (The home of Oliver Hardy, hence his picture on the sign above.) They do a fabulous program and really make it a fun day for the kids. (We have several larger patches nearby with elaborate corn mazes and attractions, but they are  cost prohibitive for a program that can't ask for parents to help pay for the trips.)

There are stations set up for us to visit. The first station is the story station, where we ready the story of "Spookley, the Square Pumpkin".

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin with CD

The next stop was the craft table, where we colored "October" headbands.

After coloring, we needed a little break, so we stopped at the refreshment station for cookies and juice.

Our favorite part of the day is always the hayride. What fun!

After the hayride, we were ready for a little lesson about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

We also learn about other fall vegetables like gourds and indian corn.

We got to pick a pumpkin to take back to school to decorate.

Spending the day at the pumpkin patch is hard work and we really worked up an appetite. We spread out blankets and had a picnic in the field. After we ate, we played on the playground for a while.

We had a lot of fun but we were tired and it was time to get back to school. We got our picture taken before we left. It was an fantastic day! We send a big "THANK YOU" to Harlem United Methodist Church for allowing us to come and experience their awesome pumpkin patch! I'm sure the most sincere pumpkin was there somewhere!


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