Yesterday we made some jewelry to jazz up our celebration, and today we made some traditional African-style clothes. That is to say, we made some rockin' awesome vests!
But that's not all! I brought in some wraps, wrap-around pants, and scarves to help us feel more in the Kwanzaa spirit. I want to give a BIG shout-out to Ms. Harper and Mrs. Amanda for coming in and helping get the kids ready for their pictures! Fashion show!
But today was not all about fashion, today we celebrated the Principle of Umoja- Unity. We show unity when we come together to do things, like work, play, and... eat!
One of the best ways to celebrate Kwanzaa is with friends and family coming together to share a meal and stories. Well, to get into the spirit, we found stories about sharing meals!
First we read Stone Soup by Marcia Brown.
This got me thinking about one of the leveled readers from the Houghton-Mifflin reading series that Hamilton County uses. My highest reading groups had read this story last week, and it parallels the Stone Soup story.
Now, while we did not make one of our fabulous charts, we did compare and contrast the stories. My soldiers recognized many of the parallels and were able to identify the Umoja moments. In both stories, characters worked together to accomplish a worthy goal- to get everyone fed.
In that spirit, we came together as a class to make a meal worthy of a Kwanzaa "First Fruits" harvest meal. I forgot to take a picture of the veggies we used, but here is a list:
2 cans corn
2 cans carrots
1 can green beans
1 can peas
1 can kidney beans
1 (large) can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
We put all the ingredients into my crock-pot and added our spices.
We did this in the morning so that it would be ready for our afternoon feast.
I told my soldiers they didn't have to try the soup if they didn't want to. In fact, most of the kids didn't eat their whole bowl, but some soldiers loved it. We invited teachers to share in our feast as well, since there was so much soup left!
All in all, I think our Kwanzaa celebration was a success!
I wanted this post to just be about our celebration, so I am doing another post on what we did in math and a parent reminder for Monday.