Wow! 2016 has come in with a bang!
We started our week off with learning a little about the celebration about the epiphany La Galettes des Rois which is celebrated in France on January 6th. We ended up celebrating it on Friday as we were cross country skiing on the6th and I was away on the Thursday.
The galette is basically a frangipane tart made with pastry, butter, ground almonds and a few extra ingredients.
Why’s it in the news this week?
Because the French love their traditions and none moreso than the Galette des Rois, which they scoff down on January 6th each year to mark the feast of the Epiphany, which is when the three kings turned up to give gifts to Baby Jesus (allegedly).
The tradition of eating the cake dates back to the 14thcentury. According to tradition the cake was to draw the kings to the Epiphany.
The roman Times it Was thought that the skates woukd get a piece of the cake and would be king for the day if they got the bean.
But it’s just a cake?
Ah but it isn’t. The Galette des Rois is not just about having a cup of tea and something sweet. There’s an age-old protocol that needs to be followed and it's all to do with the little charm that bakers hide inside the cake.
First of all the youngest child has to hide under the table and tell whoever is cutting the cake who should get which piece.
Whoever finds the charm, known as a “fève", in their slice (as long as they don’t swallow it) names their king or their queen, who gets to wear the crown and theoretically boss the rest of the family around all day.
Tyrus was our king for the afternoon. The children in the class loved calling him the king for the afternoon. He really was a good sport and didn't let the power go to his head!
We also had a fabulous time cross country skiing. It was a beautiful day with fresh snow and warm, sunny weather. It was impressive on how the children were able to pick it up so fast. There were a few who had done this before but most were beginners.
The children are all very excited about our next cross country field trip!
We have been doing a lot more than baking Galettes and skiing this week.
We have been learning and working with 2D and3D shapes. Learning there names, looking at their attributes (corners, sides, faces, what they look like), creating with them and identifying them.
We have also looked at sorting them. See if you and your child can come up with ways to sort them!
We have been looking at the sound UN, reading it and writing words/sentences with it.
The class has been designing their own criteria for being assessed if they are being a good community member in our class. I will use what they have come up to assess for their report cards. All the ideas that they came up with can be used in their family, school and in the larger community. Ask your child if they know what will be expected :)
The children were also given a task to create the tallest free standing tower with 10 pieces of spaghetti and marshmallows. They had to pre-plan what they were going to do and then try it. Most of them found that the original plan didn't work so they had to switch their idea when it didn't work. Some students didn't give up once they had to do it again but interestingly enough, once their original plan didn't work out, gave up.
They will be doing this activity again on Monday to see if they can figure out a way to make it work.
An interesting start to the new year. Next week should be calmer with our week being slightly back to normal.
bus ride up to the Callaghan. Sitting without friends from another class.
practicing our hopping.
Trying out the skills course. Trying different obstacles and jumps/bumps. And maybe a little time in the snow!