Autumn--also commonly called fall in the United States--is one of my favorite seasons! In the U.S., the leaves change from green to beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow, brown, and even purple.
|Leaves starting to change color in Minnesota (USA)|
Apart from the leaves changing color, I love fall because it means the apple orchards are open to the public to go and pick apples. My state, Minnesota, has lots of apples. We even invented a popular apple called the “Honey Crisp.” With these apples, we make desserts such as apple crisp and the American classic: apple pie.
We also have lots of pumpkins in autumn! People can go to pumpkin patches and choose their favorite pumpkins to purchase and use to decorate their house. During Halloween, people typically carve a face into the pumpkin, turning it into a “Jack O’Lantern.” We also bake pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars in autumn. Some people even bake the pumpkin seeds and eat them for a delicious and healthy autumn snack!
During this season, us auxiliares wanted to share our love of autumn with the students. Each grade, from Infantil through Primaria 6, participated in the project. Our infantil classes colored and wrote their names on apples.
Our Primaria 1 and 2 kids colored, wrote their names on, and cut out some fall leaves.
In Primaria 3 and 4, the students traced their hand (to look like a leaf), colored them, and wrote their name on them.
Finally, the Primaria 5 and 6 kids each colored their own paper pumpkin to add to our “pumpkin patch” under our autumn trees.
Melissa, Jason, and I created four paper trees and hung up the students’ work last week. Now, the hallways are beautifully decorated with some colorful autumn trees. Feel free to walk up the stairs and check out the students’ work in the connecting hallway!
Hues: Variations of color
Apple orchard: An apple farm
Apple crisp: An apple dessert in the U.S. made from apples, cinnamon, and a crunchy oat and brown sugar topping.
Pumpkin patch: A pumpkin farm
Carve: To cut shapes into something (like a pumpkin)
Jack O'Lantern: A pumpkin with a face carved into it and a candle inside; typical for Halloween in the U.S.
Pumpkin bars: A type of pumpkin cake baked in a sheet pan, often topped with powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting; a typical autumn dessert in the U.S.