Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Chickadee November and December News

"Bring what you've got.
Put it in the pot.
Every bit counts,
from the largest to the least.
Together we can celebrate
a Stone Soup Feast!"
(Stone Soup retold by Heather Forest)
Finneas discovered the enormous stone in his soup!
"Stone Soup" is a special tradition in the Chickadee classroom, and throughout the school community, during the month of November. The story is a popular European folktale that has been told and retold for centuries. This contemporary version takes place in a village located anywhere that people learn about the pleasures of sharing.   
We went around the table and each student told what they were thankful for!

The month of November was full of "stone soup" excitement as we read the story and created our own "stone soup" activity for the classroom.  The activity was created for two children at a time to practice sitting together, cutting ingredients, preparing table settings, and serving and sharing soup together.
On Monday, November 25th the 3-day Chickadee students and Tuesday, November 26th the 2 day Chickadee students helped to prepare their very own classroom community stone soup feast.

Each student was given a choice for which ingredient they wanted to bring in for the soup and the classroom was quickly a buzz with washing, peeling, cutting, and stirring vegetables for soup. The children also enjoyed making and spreading their own butter, and serving themselves. Thank you all for your special contributions!

December has been a short and quick month of excitement as well. During this month we explore and learn about the special celebrations of light around the world, including Hanukkah, Christmas, St. Lucia, and the Winter Solstice.

On Friday, December 13th - "St. Lucia Day" Sofia Dalmann-Gothlin  (Freja's Mom) shared her special family celebration of St. Lucia Day with the 3-day Chickadee students. The students enjoyed hearing the special St. Lucia story, making a special craft, seeing Freja in her St. Lucia dress and crown, and were happy and thankful to try her delicious bread. Thank you Sophia for sharing your special Holiday Celebration with us! 

We wish you all a happy and peaceful new year!

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