On October 24, kindergarten students enjoyed an orchard adventure at Halsey Farm in Water Mill. They learned about the many different types of seeds that produce local apple varieties, pumpkins, and gourds found in abundance this time of year. Hopping aboard a tractor, they rode past the barns that house the apple presses where the cider is made and the large refrigerated barns where the apples are stored. The various field stages of the pumpkin patch revealed the development of a pumpkin seed into a plant, then a pumpkin, and, completing the circle, back to seed again.
This outing supported the students’ collective understanding of how sequential processes unfold, and reminded them to circle back to the beginning to better understand how elemental forces work together to support and sustain life.