Building Habits with Pumpkins

In the fall, students in all grades work on two important habits: the habit of attention (fixing their minds and bodies on the matter at hand) and the habit of thinking (comparing things, understanding cause and effect, and participating in thoughtful conversation). In Ms. Pabon’s kindergarten class, the humble pumpkin has provided opportunity for reflection and exploration on many levels.

We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life.

Charlotte Mason

Ms. Pabon writes: 

While we listened to Bach, we attempted to sketch a pumpkin with our watercolors. We began with yellow and then added the orange color so that the colors blended and created a truer version of the color on the pumpkin. All of this takes concentration, fine motor skills, perseverance, and attention to detail. We often talk about the habit of attention in class. The habit of attention will not just help us to be successful at any work we do in life, but it may also be the very thing that God uses to bring us joy each day! It is definitely worth cultivating!