SCHERERVILLE | The Young Scholars preschool class at Forest Ridge Academy spent a week learning about pilgrims, Native Americans and a big boat called the Mayflower.
Susan Bach, preschool teacher, said that the children enjoyed several age-appropriate books retelling the story of the first Thanksgiving. The class mascot, Pete the Cat, was featured in a book that the children wanted to hear over and over again.
Preschoolers were told how the pilgrims left England to find a new land. After sailing for more than two months on the Mayflower, the brave group finally landed in what is now Massachusetts.
Bach went on to explain to the children how the Native Americans helped the pilgrims learn how to hunt, build homes and plant crops. After the first harvest, the pilgrims and the Native Americans shared a great feast we now know as Thanksgiving.
The preschoolers decided to re-enact the first Thanksgiving by making Friendship Soup to share with Dana Vanco’s third-grade class, part of the Reading Buddy Program that brings the older children to the preschool class to read to the children every Thursday.
Each preschooler was asked to bring in an ingredient to help make the soup, while some were asked to supply bowls, spoons, crackers and milk.
The children poured the ingredients into a crock pot and waited for it to cook.
In the meantime the teachers helped transform the preschoolers into pilgrims by making hats for them to wear to the feast. When the third-graders arrived, their Reading Buddies helped them make Native American headdresses.
The two classes “gobbled” up the soup and asked for more, Bach said. "Some of the third graders even requested the recipe. Everything tastes a little better with a pinch of friendship added."