Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Five Kernels of Corn, Part II

For those of you who are scratching your heads trying to figure out why I did a post about "Five Kernels of Corn" for Thanksgiving, it was a play on part of Thanksgiving's history. The children and I started out our school year by doing a study on the time period of early American history and reading THE LIGHT AND THE GLORY. We learned a lot. The Pilgrims first winter was a hard one. A ship they were expecting to bring them provisions brought them more hungry mouths to feed. During that first winter they ended up on rations of five kernels of corn per person per day. It was a tradition to place five kernels of corn on each person's plate to remind everyone of how blessed they truly were, before anyone took their seats at the Thanksgiving feast. If you Google "five kernels of corn", you will get quite a few links with more information. One I found a few moments ago was this one.

Mykidsmom and Damama T were the only two who left a corny joke. Therefore, they get to share the promised bragging rights. ; )*

In other news: There will be another post tonight. I have a name change announcement to post. Now I've got you curious, don't I?


Damama T said...

What a neat tradition. If teachers shared this kind of stuff with public school students instead of just the boring dates and dry facts, the kids might actually be interested in learning. I think homeschooled kids are lucky - especially if they have a mom like you - because they get to explore more interesting ways of learning. I bet that in the long run, they will be much more well-rounded adults than their public school counterparts.

Brandi said...

Thanks Damama!