Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Stone Soup July 3, 2011

I have quite a few posts to update on, including Jedi’s week in review, 2 field trips, and some family fun…hopefully I can get them all updated within the next day or two. 🙂  The first post is about our unit on Stone Soup.

During the girls’ school time a couple weeks back, we read the story of Stone Soup, where two hungry travelers go door to door in a village and ask if anyone could spare some food.  After no one offers any to share, the travelers decide to make a healthy soup out of a stone and some water, if the villagers could help with the secret ingredient…

My children were all very interested in the story, and all three of them asked if we could make stone soup ourselves.  And of course, since Stone Soup is actually vegetable soup, it isn’t hard to imagine we said yes. 😉  Besides, it would be a great Montessori activity…deciding on the vegetables to go in it, cutting & peeling vegetables, and all coming together to make one meal.  The kids loved making Stone Soup (although they were nervous about the idea of using a stone from outside, so we used a small whole potato. 🙂 )  And more importantly, they actually ate it…lots and lots of veggies in one shot!

The veggies that were chosen for Stone Soup...carrots, potatoes, peas, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic scapes, celery, onions, mushrooms, corn, green onions, etc. And the best part was that, with the exception of a few things, these were all either grown in our own garden, or locally grown here in central Ohio!

Bug was excited to shell the peas. However, I'm pretty sure most of them ended up in her mouth instead of the bowl. 😉

Jedi cutting cherry tomatoes and Monkey cutting the mushrooms

The soup simmering on the stove. We added a ton of fresh herbs from our garden as well!




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