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November 21, 2016 Songs of Thanksgiving and Peace By Elaine Winter
Grades PreK–K

    In honor of this Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d send you four of our favorite Thanksgiving songs. We sing these all together during a community sing-along. Preschoolers and their teachers sit in a large circle on the old wooden floor of the dance studio. In the center, children have placed pumpkins, corn, Brussels sprouts and gourds. The Sing is both festive and somber. I hope you enjoy the attached lyrics, and maybe hold onto them for next Thanksgiving — although the first two are certainly relevant all year long. Where possible, I’ve included a YouTube link for the melody.

    Meanwhile, back in the classroom, preschoolers are cooking up a storm, making food to share with each other and to deliver to our nearby food pantry.

    Elisabeth is making mashed potatoes with her 2- and 3-year-olds. “Mashing is great for building motor skills!" The group will also be baking cornbread muffins.

    Cathy’s morning 3- and 4-year-olds will bake pita bread, while her afternoon class works on a delicious Turtle Bread — get your recipe here!

    Our oldest class, the Full-Day Fours, will make jars of cranberry sauce to distribute among staff members.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you Scholastic readers!! What an honor it is to connect with you. And a huge thank you to my creative and generous colleagues, who keep my blog posts real: Crystal, Marini, Elisabeth, Honora, Dylan, Cathy, EiLeen, Maite, Nancy, and Jean.

    In honor of this Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d send you four of our favorite Thanksgiving songs. We sing these all together during a community sing-along. Preschoolers and their teachers sit in a large circle on the old wooden floor of the dance studio. In the center, children have placed pumpkins, corn, Brussels sprouts and gourds. The Sing is both festive and somber. I hope you enjoy the attached lyrics, and maybe hold onto them for next Thanksgiving — although the first two are certainly relevant all year long. Where possible, I’ve included a YouTube link for the melody.

    Meanwhile, back in the classroom, preschoolers are cooking up a storm, making food to share with each other and to deliver to our nearby food pantry.

    Elisabeth is making mashed potatoes with her 2- and 3-year-olds. “Mashing is great for building motor skills!" The group will also be baking cornbread muffins.

    Cathy’s morning 3- and 4-year-olds will bake pita bread, while her afternoon class works on a delicious Turtle Bread — get your recipe here!

    Our oldest class, the Full-Day Fours, will make jars of cranberry sauce to distribute among staff members.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you Scholastic readers!! What an honor it is to connect with you. And a huge thank you to my creative and generous colleagues, who keep my blog posts real: Crystal, Marini, Elisabeth, Honora, Dylan, Cathy, EiLeen, Maite, Nancy, and Jean.

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