As a school we are beginning to explore Family Traditions. Today Jennie and Palmer kicked it off for the Brown Room with baking. Jennie noted, "We love to bake and share our treats. Mommy loves treats and Palmer loves treats but daddy doesn't love treats so much." Today the class baked blueberry muffins. Each child went home with 3 muffins, which they were excited to taste and share with family at home.
The first group was: Palmer, Wolf, Oliver, Ellie and Ada
The second group was: Fletcher, Grace, Lane, Emilia, Alexandra. As we mixed ingredients, Emilia said, "I love blueberries!" Alexandra said to her, "I love blackberries and raspberries and strawberries. I love every fruit I like." As Jennie helped us mix the dry and wet ingredients she commented, "I'm going to be really gentle so it doesn't splash."
At snack we talked about baking and asked if the kids baked at home. Here are some excerpts:
Brooke: Who do you bake with?
Alexandra: Mommy and Daddy!
Wolf: I bake with my sister.
Lane: I bake with my brother.
Brooke: What do you bake?
Lane: Pancakes with blueberries in it.
Wolf: Apple muffins
Fletcher: I bake cookies.
While we played outside, Melanie put muffins into Ziploc bags and put them in the children's red bags. As they got their bags to leave for the day many were VERY excited to see that they had muffins to take home and share. Lane said to Melanie, "Can I have one, Will and Betina and me? And we can eat together at the circle table." She then approached Brooke and said, "I get to share them with Will and Betina and me!" And walking out the door Lane noted, "I'll show Betina my muffins, she'll be so excited."
Family traditions come in many shapes and sizes. It might be a book that you love to read, a song that you sing, an activity that you do, a language you speak and much much more. We welcome you to email teachers if there is something you or your child's caregiver would like to share with the class. It need not be elaborate or involve a product for children to make.