The Canandaigua / Farmington center preschoolers did a week long series of lessons related to the story Stone Soup. This is an old folktale that has been retold many times. The version we read was written by Jon Muth. With the weather changes (brrrr!!!), what better book to read than one about soup!
If you are not familiar with this story, it is about much more than just making soup, including caring, sharing and being friends with one another in order to make things much better (and tastier!) The climax of the week-long Stone Soup study was a cooking project in which the preschoolers all added a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Everyone contributed a few vegetables from home and together they created a delicious soup.
Many of the children who are ordinarily reluctant to try vegetables ate multiple servings of the soup! The teacher, Ms. Erica, had placed three well washed stones in the pot but took care to keep them from ending up in anyone’s bowl. Some of the children wondered why there were not more stones in the bottom of their bowls!