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Time goes by so fast. It feels as if September began just yesterday.
We live in a high-speed era and it shows. Can you believe we are already just a few weeks away from the Christmas season? Am I the only one wondering where the time went?
November means that back to school season is officially behind us, that little ones are settled in their new daycare routines and that gardening is over for a few months as our gardens are slowly going to sleep in preparation for the winter months ahead. This gives me more time for cocooning, watching the rain fall against the windows, and relaxing under warm blankets. Many see November as a sad, gray month, but not me!
Final gardening chores in November
The perfect November outingVisit a squash field with your group. Depending on where you live, local farmers may organize visits and other special activities. Children will love to pick their own squash and observe the different shapes and sizes of squash growing in the field.
Spaghetti squashMost children have never seen or tasted spaghetti squash. Cut a spaghetti squash open in front of your group. Place it in an oven-safe baking dish and bake it in a 350 °F oven for 35-40 minutes. Once the squash is cooked, simply use a fork to scratch the insides of the squash. Children will be amazed to see how it looks just like spaghetti.
Fun November gardening activities
Measuring rainArrange clear glasses or containers outside on a rainy day. After a while, bring a glass or container inside and measure how much rain it contains.
Exploring the garden in the darkAt the end of the day, give each child a flashlight and go explore your garden in the dark. If you wish, organize a special treasure hunt in the dark.
InsectsProvide small rakes and have children dig to see if there are still insects living in your garden at this time of the year.
Claudine RichardEarly childhood educator
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