Halloween, So Many Teachable Moments!
Last night under the glow of the full moon, we set out Trick or Treating. I'd have to put myself in the fan of Halloween category. People really go either way with this holiday, but to be quite honest I think it's fun. As we went from house to house, I had a realization about the importance of Halloween in my neighborhood in particular, as we have many senior citizens living close by. It was really an opportunity for them to feel like a part of the community as a whole, not just looking at the world from behind their blinds. We took an extra moment or two to converse with many neighbors that live just a few blocks away, that live all by themselves. I could see by the smiles on their faces how delighted Halloween made them.
Even though we aren't much into junk food in my house, we certainly do love chocolate. Many nights after dinner, we all share a square of dark chocolate as our post-dinner dessert, if I haven't baked anything.
Last night, after arriving home from Trick or Treating, Sj dumped out her bag full of loot! She's always loved to line up all of her candy and sort them into piles. This year I took the sorting one step further. We placed all the candy into groups and then she recorded the number and type of candy in her math journal. We then turned all the data into a graph!
It was fun to see how many types of candy she received with a total of 152 pieces!
I'd just like to end with, if you aren't that into Halloween, think about the moment. The moment to reach out to others that you may never have the opportunity to meet. A person that may just live a few blocks away, but spends the majority of their time alone. Think about how happy they are when they see our children's smiling and excited faces. How a simple conversation may just be the highlight of their week!