St. Mary’s Episcopal School

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Making Bread with “The Little Red Hen”

IMG_6797This week, Mrs. Hendrix’s Pre-K class has been reading “The Little Red Hen,” a classic story about work ethic and personal initiative.

In the story, a little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it, but none of them volunteer. At each stage of turning the wheat into bread, the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she gets no assistance. Finally, the hen has made the bread and asks who will help her eat it. This time, everyone volunteers! But the hen declines their help and eats the bread with her chicks, leaving none for anyone else.

“After we read the book and used felt pieces to sequence the story, one little boy asked, ‘How do we make bread anyway?’ so we decided to find out,” Hendrix said. “We found a recipe and gathered the ingredients, and the children worked together to measure, mix and knead the dough. Then we baked our bread, and ate it all ourselves!”