Thursday, July 1, 2010

Jelly Beans, Butter & Stone Soup!...Mommy's Piggy Tales #4

Age 7 or Second Grade

My mom is currently on a cruise celebrating her retirement, so I wasn't able to get her help piecing together when my memories actually happened! I found this picture above that she had sent me & based on the date it said in the email, this was around 2nd grade for me. We went to Disney World! I remember Mickey & Minnie's house the most clearly, but that's about it. But I believe this picture was taken in Captiva Island, FL where we used to always go for vacations because my grandfather owned part of a time-share condo there!  I have many great memories in Captiva that I'll probably share later! I also remember wearing this polka-dotted Disney shirt countless times & you can't see, but it had a rockin' pair of biker shorts that went with it!

I have great memories from 2nd grade in school because I had a wonderful teacher! Her name was Mrs. Sampson & she was my teacher in 2nd & 3rd grade. I remember reading a lot in her classes, but the biggest thing I remember was getting to make food! She would bring in a crock pot or a hot plate & we would make different foods related to books we read. One time, I don't remember what we were studying (maybe pilgrims?), but we made our own butter! We all got a turn churning the butter & then we all got to eat a little of the butter on a cracker. I remember being just amazed that we could make butter! As a kid, you know, you think those things just come as they are.

We also made soup one time when we read the book Stone Soup & we made spaghetti when we read Strega Nona. I loved Strega Nona!! If you've never read it, check it out! Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite children's books author & illustrator. Looking back on it, I think this idea of making food in class in relation to books was an absolutely fabulous one! Here we are 20 years later, and I can still remember the titles of the books we read & what they were about. That's a pretty strong connection to literature that I made using food! I look forward to using these memories to build connections for students in my future classrooms!

Another great memory from this age & this particular school year was jelly bean days! My teacher had a system where if you had a great day that day in terms of behavior & temperament, you got a jelly bean! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I got jelly beans a lot! I remember we wrote a poem as a class about jelly bean days. I don't remember exactly how it went, but we listed the good things that could happen or that you could do & every phrase ended with: "looks like it's going to be a jelly bean day!" Jelly beans might not fly in schools today because we are discouraged from providing sweets - in some schools we are prohibited from providing sweets - so we'd have to go with a healthier or food-free reward. But man, I still remember those yummy jelly beans!!


Berry Patch said...

Great memories. I love the idea of tying food to a book! We did something similar this year in our homeschooling co-op. We studied different countries and the snack was a food from that country. It was fun and yummy! ;-)

~Lisa~ said...

Love it! Also, you received a Sunshine Award from little ole ME. Please stop by my blog to receive it!

Olivia said...

Good memories! We often had "jelly bean field day" where we won jelly beans for each outside activity. We would come home with a whole bag of jelly beans. Good stuff!

Nicole said...

Just go and buy the sugar free jelly beans :)

Yes I'm a rebel :)

sEy said...

seems like you have a fabulous days with your teacher and it's a good idea to share the idea with your future class. That would be amazing. I can assure you that children/students would really remember you on what you showed,portrayed and did for them.

I know you'll be a great teacher! I'll look forward in reading your good memories about the class.

:) Sey

Crystal said...

I think that sounds so great that your teacher had you make certain foods to tie in with books! I wish more of mine had done something like that. Some of the better memories I have from that age involve food in the classroom, like the time someone did a report on Greece and made baklava (sp??). I thought it was so good!!
Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

I'm still chuckling at the "rockin' pair of biker shorts!" I loved my biker shorts! You are such a delight, and why am I not surprised that you received a lot of jelly beans? It's so "you!" I mean that in the best possible way!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i taught k for many years and I made butter and cooked so much... in school not sure if kids that young remember but ... I love to do it.. and try to do it with my son.. I had a principal that would not let me do it she told me food and celebration is wrong.. it turns people obese...I was appauled... and dont' agree.

Trish said...

What a great teacher, I find my kids always do better in school when they have a creative teacher. Here in Australian schools the teachers do still have a good old lollie jar in the class for treats & the kids really do feel rewarded when they get one!!!

Cameron said...

I love that people are enjoying the idea to tie food into reading books! I want to use that in my future classroom, so it seems to be mom-approved! I really have lots of ideas for getting kids really involved. I believe in hands-on learning!

And Crystal I had to say - I remember the first time I had baklava & it was after watching Aladdin because the genie sings something about "how 'bout a little more baklava?" And then, of course, I had to have some.

Sarah Lynne said...

Following you back from FMBT!! Happy 4th of July!!!


Mrs. Mother said...

I also think the idea of tying a food in a with a book is a great idea. We did it once, in the fifth grade. I can't remember for sure the book we read, but we apple butter and had it on bagels. I had never had a bagel before (being from the South, we do biscuits), and I thought it was so neat to eat bagels, lol.

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