This is the time of the year when our pre-kindergarten class is sharing experiences around the seasonal activities of winter. I thought that I like to feature a story from one of our classroom activities.
The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
This is a sweet book for children ages, 4-8 years with a theme based around, gratitude, generosity, love, and kindness. These are all qualities that I want to teach in our classroom.
The story begins with a widow, Sarah who carefully watches the children outside her living room each morning . The bus stop for school, is at the foot of her driveway. She notices all the children are wearing new mittens except one little boy. She thinks:" Why isn't he wearing mittens?" That evening Sarah knits a pair of mittens and hangs them on the spruce tree at the end of her driveway. The little boy notices the mittens on Sarah's spruce tree and places them on his hands. Sarah is delighted and begins to surprise all the children each morning, as she knits new mittens, and hangs the pairs on the tree.
The children secretly become part of her new family. Now in the joyful spirit of giving, someone places a large basket of yarn on Sarah's doorstep. She excepts this spiritual gift just as the children excepts her handmade mittens. The circle of joy and harmony is like a song of love that is shared by all.
After our morning circle, the children in our class were able to make their own mittens to place on our nature table in our classroom. Each child's hand was measured and then tiny slats were cut all the way around the mitten.
The children then finished and hung their mittens on the winter nature tree in our classroom.
A perfect ending to a glorious sweet winter morning in Seattle.