Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Pilgrim Tradition

Tomorrow we will read "The Popcorn Book" by Tomie de Paola. Within the story, the children will learn of a Pilgrim tradition of putting five kernels of popcorn next to their plate on Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims put the corn next to their plates to remind them of how they sometimes had only five kernels of corn to eat before the Native Americans taught them how to hunt, fish, and grow corn. Every year the Pilgrims saved their five kernels to plant in the spring when the leaves on the trees were "as big as a mouse's ear". You could try this too.

Please look for a packet of five kernels of popcorn, as well as, excerpts of the book to come home in your child's blue folder on Tuesday. We hope you enjoy them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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