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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Harvest Celebration

In honor of Thanksgiving, we celebrated the harvest by using vegetables in our dramatic play and for snacks and lunches.
We even dressed up like Pilgrims to honor the occasion.
We used vegetables for painting. Some we used for printing like green pepper, turnips and potatoes. Others we painted with, like green beans, celery and carrots. We rolled the corn on the cob back and forth for an interesting design.
A perfect book for harvest time- we loved reading,The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis and Dusan Petricic.
 The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin was another favorite of ours.
We dramatized the story of "Stone Soup" while we listened to this tale about sharing and friendship- a perfect tale for Thanksgiving. This gave us practice for making our own "stone soup".

Our goal was "stone soup" or a better name would perhaps be "friendship soup". We insisted on placing stones in our soup representative of the stone in the story. We scrubbed them well before placing them in the water.

Then, we all worked together to cut up all kinds of vegetables and then put them in a pot for some yummy soup.
As it simmered, we sang to the tune of
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat":
Stir, stir, stir the soup,
Gently with a spoon,
Stir it left, stir it right,
It must be done by noon.”

We read Cranberry Thanksgiving 
by Harry and Wende Devlin
and used the recipe in the book to make cranberry bread using the secret ingredient (you'll have to read it to find out what it is:). We had it with our "friendship soup" for lunch.
We took out the pumpkin spice playdough to roll and squish. The scent put us in the mood for Thanksgiving. Some of us rolled the playdough into balls and added feathers to make turkeys.
We rounded up the turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. We painted our hand and thumb brown and then picked colors for our fingers- the turkey’s feathers!
We sang a song about turkeys to the tune
“Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”:
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
Fat turkeys, fat turkeys.
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
Fat turkeys are we.
We walk very proudly
And gobble so loudly
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
Fat turkeys are we!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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