With our Thanksgiving clay pieces in the kiln, we began preparing our vegetables for the Thanksgiving soup. Each class prepares two vegetables, all of which will be cooked together to create the St. John’s minestrone soup. As is tradition, Brown Room is responsible for cutting the green beans and spinach, so this morning we began with green beans! Children had the option of cutting with sanitized safety scissors or simply breaking the beans with their fingers. For those who were interested in continuing after green beans, we put some spinach on the table
Emma: Green beans, green beans, cutting green beans. They are sooo sweet! Rawls: What about this one? Is it tiny? Ragnar: Are there other vegetables for cutting? When can we cut the spinach? Ellie: Here Emma, beans here? Rawls snapping the beans: It’s cracks! Crack!
When children weren't cutting vegetables, they had a choice to express things they felt thankful about. We defined thankful as "means when you’re happy or glad that someone or something is in your life" and read the story Saturday by Oge Mora. In the story, Ava spends every Saturday with her mom doing special things. On this one Saturday, even though everything goes wrong, Ava is still thankful for her special day with her mom. After, we invited children to draw the things they felt thankful for.
Isabelle: Ree-ree. My sister. I drawing Ree-Ree. This is my sister. My Ree-Ree. I love My Ree-Ree. (talking about her sister Reed as she drew her picture)
Ragnar: My jeep and a cactus and my mommy and my daddy.
Ellie: My daddy.
Louisa looked at a picture of her mom Danica and her sister Ellie sitting in front of a brick wall. In her drawing she used reds and oranges (the color of bricks). Louisa: That me and mommy and my Ellie. I need to draw Ellie.