Thursday, November 10, 2005

Kindergarten perspective on Thanksgiving

I asked my kindergarteners a few questions about Thanksgiving today, and found it to be so interesting to see the perspective of a 5 year old. They are so innocent and wonderful. It is amazing that they have only experienced Thanksgiving 4 times! Now, we had talked about the pilgrims and indians in class, so they did have some background knowledge. I am going to just post a few of my favorites.

Who were the pilgrims??

*They were people who made a feast and they called it a first Thanksgiving.
*The people who died...and their horses died too.
*They are the people who always make fruit.
*They came over on a boat called the "Flower May".
*They growed lots and lots of food.

Who were the indians??

*They were the people who lived in America, but they live where it's very very hot.
*They taught the pilgrims to plant stuff.
*They were the bad guys.
*They wear make-up and they live in tents.

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving today?? (this was my favorite!!)
*It is SO close to Christmas
*Because it is a special day...we eat a lot.
*It's almost comes right after Christmas.
*The pilgrims are very hungry.
*It is a really special day. We eat turkey and corn because Christmas is almost coming.

OK, so the tie between Christmas and Thanksgiving....not sure where that came from?? Isn't it interesting though to peak into the thought process of a 5 year old?? However, do any of us really THINK about WHY we celebrate Thanksgiving?? It IS a difficult thing to put into words...especially for little ones. They give me a new perspective every single day, and today I thought I would share with all of you!

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