This morning I volunteered to help Jeffrey’s 3rd grade class make organic buckwheat pancakes. In Waldorf schools across the globe, much of the 3rd grade curriculum is centered around life skills and the practical, like cooking, gardening, even construction.
They are currently reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which is where they got the idea to make their own buckwheat pancakes, complete with molasses just as Almanzo Wilder ate them in the story! (We also had organic maple syrup for the kids who didn’t care to try molasses.)
This was the recipe we used, and we broke up into small groups to make them:
I worked with some of the girls in Jeffrey’s class.
Jeffrey got to work with his friend who has been in class with him since the Waldorf nursery kindergarten days.
The kids made SO many pancakes!
Yesterday, the 3rd graders got to make homemade ice cream from scratch, and their teacher let it get good and frozen overnight. The kids make ice cream once ever month and they use it to celebrate the birthdays in class. This month there are 5 birthdays to celebrate! These lucky kiddos got to enjoy not only their own homemade pancakes, but their homemade ice cream as well!
These lucky kiddos have no idea how good they have it! 🙂 Two days from now, they will also get to celebrate Sanderling Waldorf School’s annual pie day, which always takes place on the Friday before Thanksgiving break. The school will gather together at the start of 4th period and say their class blessings, sharing heartfelt gratitude with one another, and then we will all get to have delicious homemade pies. And then we will dismiss for Thanksgiving break! This has been a fantastic school week indeed!