PPOS Kindergarten Families Celebrate Lifecycle Learning with Pumpkin Party
By Emily Murphy | Pagosa Peak Open School
The doors opened and a line of kindergarten children stood side by side in front of Morgan Webb’s classroom. The parents quietly entered the room and waited for the festivities to begin. A few minutes later, the group began to sing, âDo you know how pumpkins grow? The lyrics guided the audience through the life cycle of a pumpkin as the performers’ movements highlighted each step.
This day was the culmination of a month-long project the students had been working on with Webb since October. The students studied how light, water and soil affect plants; planted their own pumpkin seeds; types of pumpkins compared and contrasted; journaled the stages of decomposition after opening a pumpkin; and, at the end, cooked with pumpkin at home and brought some treats to test the taste.
âWe’ve learned all the ins and outs of the pumpkin,â said Webb. âI’m so proud of them for learning the life cycle and applying it so quickly. They especially enjoyed getting their hands on and dissecting the pumpkin. “
During the festival, students accompanied their families to pumpkin-themed centers that emphasized the kindergarten standards covered by the project. Students counted, sorted letters, organized life cycle stages, painted pumpkins, and read stories with their tutors. In the end, families gathered around their potluck contributions and shared the food they prepared with their children at home.
Webb started as a kindergarten teacher at Pagosa Peak Open School in the spring of last year and has years of experience teaching projects in early elementary school. She looks forward to her next project exploring meteorological concepts starting this month.