On a field trip to the canal last week, children were keen on throwing rocks into the water to make a wish. We heard about wishes for my little pony's, to be Princess Celestia and also for the canal to be free of garbage so the ducks and turtles could have a nicer place to live. Today, we asked children if they remembered any of their wishes from the canal:
Grace: My wish was for the stream to be clean, because the ducks were in dirty water, so I thought of it. Because I want the ducks to be happy. I hope it comes true.
Prater: I wish the duck wouldn't be in dirty water.
Ellee: I wished it for the turtle.
Jill: What were some of your other wishes?
Ellee: That I had Princess Celestia stuck in my room. She's a unicorn.
Jill: Even if you weren't on the trip, do you have something you would wish for?
Ellee: I wish for a huge bunch of money.
Lucy: I wish I had owls all around my room.
Lila: I wish I could have a pet butterfly.
Vivienne: If I told you, it won't come true. But I wished for a pet fish.
Lila: I wish I could sleep outside with my mom in a tent.
Ellee: If I had Princess Celestia for real, she could make my wishes come true.
Jill read a poem to the children about wishes, and in it there's a special wishing rock. Kate found a very similar looking rock in one of our collections and brought it over to the children. They dubbed this the magic rock for making wishes into because it had the same white stripe as the rock in the story. Each child went around and whispered a secret wish into the rock.
After lunch, we decided to draw and/or paint some of our wishes.
Prater: This is a treasure map for your wishes. You have to pass through the water and the red door for your wish.
Kate: Are all rocks wishing rocks?
Ellee: No, only rocks with white stripes.
Kate: How does a wish get granted?
Ellee: God grants wishes. I guess it's God. You can't wish in the school because you don't throw it in the water. It has to be clean (where you throw your wish rock) - even though we have water outside, it just wouldn't come true. And I think God lives in the water, which makes it come true. Once someone makes a wish first, then it's out of the magic.
More to come on our wishes and their connection to our past canal trip, and also where they might lead us in the future!
We ended our day making a delicious cream cheese glaze to coat our sweet potato cinnamon buns for tomorrow's coffee! And as the taste-tasters, we all agreed that they were delicious!
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