Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stone Soup

This week at our Kindergarten co-op, Colleen had the kids reenact the book Stone Soup. There are several editions of this book, as the story, in various forms, exists throughout the Europe. We have a version by Jon J Muth which we've read in honor of Samurai Week, as this one is set in China and uses Chinese folklore in the characters of Hok, Lok and Siew. They are deities which bestow health, wealth & prosperity. In this version, the villagers have become suspicious of strangers and even their neighbors and won't help each other out due to famine, floods and war. The book shows the villagers learning to be giving and rediscover happiness. The monks trick them into this by making soup, starting off with three smooth round stones, and the villagers end up bringing everything else.

For the reenactment, we had villagers and soldiers. We had a big pot and put in the veggies and the rice, etc. Then the kids played outside for awhile as it cooked. It turned out very well & Elie loved it. So did Niles. Luca had mixed feelings about the whole veggie thing. ;) But it was a fun activity and we have some leftovers for lunch today!


Charlie said...

We have Stone Soup by Jon Muth too. Nicole loves that story! His other books are awesome...Zen Ties and another one I can remember right now. Great stuff. Sounds like a fun topic.

Charlie said...

can't...can't remember

Carol Topp, CPA said...

Thanks for the glimpse inside of your homeschool co-op. I love hearing stories about how creative homeschool parents can be! The pics of the kids is so cute! It sounds as if you have a great time and the kids love it! I hope your co-op continues to be a blessing to your family and other homeschool families.

Carol Topp, CPA
Author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

Rachel said...

I'll have to look for more books by him! The artwork is fabulous. This has been our best homeschool 10 days or so. I think we'll do theme weeks more often. :)