Soooo… Today I cut out some felt veggies and fruits for my art class – lesson, for tomorrow.
Hopefully grade K will love it. I’ve already had 1st grade tell me they want to use the felt as well.
I figured with the harvest going on and that it’s close to Thanksgiving, that we would talk about cornucopias.
Some of my students don’t celebrate holidays… So… Drawing Christmas Trees, etc, are out of the question. However. My theory on that is, just because they don’t celebrate holidays, doesn’t mean they can’t learn about history. Thanksgiving were actually days of Thanks Giving and happened on certain days in History. Thanksgiving meals are just that. Meals in which one or many persons give thanks to… Well, whatever they desire to give thanks to.
Did you know….
“In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden. In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.” – Wikipedia.
It is actually interesting.
I’ve had a few co-workers tell me, they have learned more in my art class even though you wouldn’t figure you’d learn it in such a class.
I say, art is fun, perspectively creative, and should always be educational.
So. The past few weeks have been about the harvesting of apples, pumpkins, and recently, corn. Plus the occasional Family Dinners that are themed, “North Carolina”, “Hawaii”, and this month “Texas” – chilli. So next week we will take a break and learn about Texas, do a few crafts, and eat some yummy chilli.
Included in those crafts will be some camels — for Texas. Figure that one out! I was pleasantly surprised to know they even related.
Ah. I love my job. What was great about today, after leaving my lovely job, was that I came home to a meal already cooked, plated, and set at the table. Great salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and chipotle ranch dressing, accompanied with some brown rice and quinoa, with baked mint chicken and mushrooms. I love my husband. I love having him here. I dread when he leaves Thursday morning for Canada. [Insert heavy sigh here...]
On another note… IT SNOWED!
I can’t believe we are already to the snow season. Where my daughter Emilie has been waiting several months to say, “We go see Nana, now???”
We finally became exhausted of telling her that we weren’t seeing Nana until Christmas, but at the age of 3…she has no concept of time. So we simply said: “When the snow comes down.”
So Snow, you came early! Shame on you. Now having to figure how to come up with a solution when she asks…
Anyway. Off to bed I go.