BELFAST and HOPE, Maine – For children from Morning Glory Garden School in Belfast, hope means elephants. And apples. On a recent field trip, the preschoolers visited Hope Elephants and Hope Orchards. Meeting the elephants, Rosie and Opal, was awe-inspiring for all.
“They are huuuuge, and they use mud for their sunscreen!” marveled a 4-year-old. This fact was part of information the staff shared while feeding the elephants. As a perfect segue to the children’s next destination, the meal included apples. “I’m still thinking about 500 pounds of food per day!” mused teacher Toki Oshima in a follow-up letter to parents.
At Hope Orchards, the children were delighted by branches laden with fruit. As one child noted, “Our apple tree is hard at work!” Parents, teachers, and children got to work harvesting the sustainably-managed fruit. There was some obligatory sampling, and a bit of pride, with comments like “I am a good apple picker!” echoing through the orchard.
From elephants to apples, Morning Glory Garden School’s time in Hope was, in the words of one parent, “a delicious, successful trip indeed!”
Morning Glory Garden School is a preschool and kindergarten located in Belfast. The school philosophy is rooted in the Waldorf experience and training of teachers Jes Anthonis and Toki Oshima. Their curriculum nourishes children’s senses through imaginative work and play, with daily and seasonal rhythms. Morning Glory Garden’s annual Solstice event for the public, “Winter Spiral and Contradance,” will be held Sunday, December 8 at the Belfast Dance Studio. More information at facebook.com/morningglorygarden.