Friday, November 7, 2014
Here's a snack that kids can make themselves. It's a great exercise in Montessori Practical Life skills. All you need is sliced bread, softened butter or margarine, cinnamon, and sugar. Here's how the kids make it...
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Last month, I started an eight week unit on Native Americans with the kids (ages 3, 5, 5). Every week we read a story about a little Native American boy or girl from a different tribe in the book Eight Little Indians by Josephine Lovell. The book belonged to my husband when he was a young and despite being published in 1936, it depicts the Native Americans in a very positive light and is a wonderful resource for educating children on the varying traditions of the different tribes.
The first story we read was about Leaping Trout, an Iroquois boy who loved to swim and built his own canoe. When Leaping Trout's father sent out a messenger to invite others to his party, he gave the messenger his wampum belt to show that the message was really from him and not a trick (the large amount of purple shells on his belt indicated his power and wealth).
For a fun handicraft to go with the story, the children made their own wampum belts. My 5 year old twins were able to make these with only minimal assistance. This would also be a great craft for kids for the Thanksgiving holiday! Here's how we did it..