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Elkland 2 Class Visits Smithome Farms

 
 

Autumn, also known as fall, is one of the four seasons. It marks the transition from summer to winter and is also when the days get noticeably shorter, the temperature begins to cool down, and leaves start to change color. All of this makes it a GREAT time for Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. teachers to talk about fall and fallís bounty!

During the week of October 9-13th, the Elkland 2 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. began to discuss pumpkins and other fall things. They talked about what makes it fall! The children mentioned the  changing and falling leaves, the cooler temperatures and how there are lots and lots of pumpkins! This led to a discussion about how gardens get so many pumpkins; about how they grow. The children learned the terms of the cycle of a pumpkin: seed, sprout, vine, flowers and pumpkin. 

After all the talking about pumpkins, the Elkland 2 teachers thought it would be a great opportunity to pull all of the fall and pumpkin information together by taking the class to visit a real pumpkin patch!  That meant a visit to Smithome Farms in Elmira, NY. There they were able to see hands on the different stages of growth. The teachers pointed out the vines, flowers, green pumpkins and orange pumpkins.

The children also had the opportunity to go on a hayride on a wagon with bales of hay pulled by a tractor. The farmer stopped in the middle of the field to point out different types of corn to the children.  He showed them sweet corn, field corn, Indian corn and finally popping corn!  Each child was given an ear of popping corn to shuck and directions on how to turn it into popcorn.

Next, the children were taken into a red barn where they were shown all the different types of pumpkins that are grown on the farm. They were invited to dig through a hay stack to find a token which could then be exchanged for a prize.

 At the end of the visit, the children were taken to the pumpkin patch where they were able to pick a pumpkin of their choice to take home. After each child had selected just the perfect pumpkin, the children and teachers shared a lunch at the picnic tables near the pumpkin patch. What a wonderful way to spend a perfect Fall day!