Our Fall Family Festival was a Success!

The Fall Family Festival happens every year at C5

The Fall Family Festival Theme was “Farm to School”
November 6, 2015, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Our enrolled community celebrated at the festival with displays featuring healthy food, farming, transportation, nutrition, cooking, catering, serving, tasting, and enjoying a wide variety of food, processes, products, and family cultures.

Planning —

The festival had many featuresThe Head Parents from the classrooms, the School Support Committee, and several staff members planed extensive decorations of pumpkins, squash, grains, balloons, and fall influenced lighting effects. They planned for and the families reveled in food demonstrations, a large potluck, music, dancing, and balloon chasing. Approximately 300 people attended.



More Preparations —

The festival food was deliciousChildren in the classrooms were cooking and canning for months before theFestival food choices were many festival. Some of their dishes included, canned beans, pumpkin fries, crab puffs, and carrot muffins. The Pre-K classroom brought some of their canned beans for people to taste. There were displays of children’s cooking in classrooms, recipes, and research on healthy food and farming. And, of course, the families prepared a huge variety of dishes from many cultures for everyone to eat.

Caterer —

Our caterer donated a new bread for us to taste and testOur caterer, Chefables, contributed some of their new bread and desert dishesOur caterer donated new deserts for us to taste and test for us to sample during the event. They even delivered them and set them up. They also used our feedback to fine tune the items for regular distribution to the other 100 schools and programs whom they serve.


The Pumpkin Patch! —

Great fun in the Fall Family Festival Pumpkin PatchAlways a popular feature, was the pumpkin patch, where all ages of childrenGreat music and movement at the festival found their favorite pumpkin, hay bale, straw bunch, small squash, or basket with which to play out their fantasy or to extend their explorations of the offerings there.



Music and Dancing —
Slow festival music, scarves, and llullabiess
Music and movement at the Fall Family Festival
We always have an abbreviated Music Together session that is very similar to the ones that our on-staff music teachers conduct every week for every classroom. We sang the Hello Song, the Goodbye Song, and about five other favorites from the current collection in between. There is also a play-along section in the middle where we get out a wide range of musical instruments and scarves.

Big Finish —

Instrument play is a feature of Music Together at the festivalThe music and dancing session was near the end, as usual. Singing theThe crowd enereticall engaged the music and movement at the festival Goodbye Song was how the festival officially ended, as usual. Then, most of the families there helped to clean up and take down the decorations. Guess which ones were the most interesting to come down. The balloons, of course! All 200 balloons that did not pop in the process were claimed for trips home.

Everyone was excited about the event and talked about the next program-wide activity that was coming in just two months. It was, Winter Cultural Highlights!

Our infants are building a strong foundation for early literacy skills at a young age.  The very basics are being practiced throughout the day: holding a book, turning its pages, and watching their teachers reading from left-to-right.  They are beginning to understand how books “work,” how they connect the reader, and how they relate to the listener when read out loud.  When a book is read to them, the infants are developing the cognitive skills required to connect sounds into words and words into meaning.  When they listen to the reader’s changing tone, rhythm patterns, voice inflection, and repeating phrasing, they are learning how language is formed and an essential element of communication.  Infants who are exposed to books, reading, and story-telling at an early age are more likely to develop strong communication skills and a love of books as they get older.  Learn more about our Infant Program.