We have LOVED learning about life long ago. Although we kicked this study off with our field trip to The Landing back in October, we really dove into this topic during November. Our dramatic play center became an old-fashioned house. We got to practice writing with a real feather quill and "ink" (black tempera paint). And we read many books about life long ago. Our absolute favorites were a beautiful picture book series of the beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" books.
We loved hearing about "Laura, her Ma, her Pa, her big sister Mary, her baby sister Carrie and their good old bulldog Jack", and comparing her life to ours today. It was fun to overhear children in the dramatic play center re-enacting scenes from the books (and invariably negotiating over who would play Jack the bulldog!) Several titles were standouts among these books. We were fascinated by the Ingalls family's move to the prairie in their covered wagon in the book Going West and how Pa built their new house by hand in Little Prairie House. The children were particularly interested in learning about the chores the family needed to complete each day to survive in Winter Days in the Big Woods. Since there were lots of questions about the butter churn, we decided to make butter ourselves (without a churn!).
We took turns shaking a container filled with extra-heavy whipping cream. While we shook the container, we chanted a butter-churning song. It took a long time, but we finally made butter!
Then we baked corn bread muffins. While the Ingalls family was traveling in their covered wagon, Ma cooked corn cakes over a fire. We baked ours in Breck's oven, and enjoyed every bite, slathered with the butter we'd made! Yum!
We ended November with a fun STEAM activity--building a "turkey hideout". Each student (or team) had to think of and write out a plan for their hideout, including what supplies they would use to create it. There were some very interesting ideas, and very proud inventors when they successfully built their structures!
Grandparents' and Special Persons' Day was a wonderful opportunity for your children to be hosts for their beloved guests. We enjoyed getting to meet so many special people, and seeing the kindergartners take on the role of ambassadors. We shared many activities together, enjoyed a snack and chapel and just basked in the joy of being together. It is always a very special day.
We wrapped up the end of the month (well, actually kicked off December) with our first ice skating event of the year. Even though about half of our class had never been on ice skates before, we were all SUPER excited for this outing. With the help of many volunteers, we were out on the ice and attempting to negotiate our way around the arena. It was amazing--by the time we had to go back off the ice, everyone was more confident and comfortable on their skates. Yay, skaters!
As November transitions into December we want to reflect on our many blessings here at Breck. We are thankful for this wonderful school, the support of our families, and most importantly, for these bright, creative, slightly goofy children that light up our classroom and bring joy to our lives. Thank you for the gift of your child!