Then the children had about 30 minutes of play time outside. I don't believe they did centers today, but mostly ran around and expended all that sweet energy that small children have. They came in ready to eat turkey and veggies and fruit. We had an abundance of food today thanks to the food brought in by parents today. We had corn casserole, fruit salad, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes brought in today, then we had cooked sweet potatoes in the smaller crockpot and the turkey in the large 8 quart crockpot, and had rolls and pumpkin pie and apple pie. The turkey barely fit in the large crockpot. I had never made one in the crockpot before; wow was it moist! Definitely recommend making a turkey in the crockpot!
One of the goals of our Thanksgiving Lunch is to prepare them for the manners necessary for the official Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day. Children can be overwhelmed with large groups of people especially if they don't know what is expected of them. Things that we reviewed today were: where to put your fork and spoon, where to put your cup, to use your napkin, and how to ask nicely for food or drink. Thankfully the group of children we have is pretty good already with knowing what is expected at lunch time. The main trouble we have, generally, is volume control. It is like it is a dial that keeps turning higher, you turn it down for a second and then up it goes again. We have been using a visual with a Lion for Loud outside voice, a Turtle for Talking Turtles inside voice, and a Fish for Fishy Quiet like rest time. I believe we got the visual from Program Wide Positive Behavior Support.
Today "J" removed the Talking Turtle pictures to show his friends many times - to no avail. 😕 but he kept trying until we told him to just leave it. They were really excited to have Thanksgiving / Friendsgiving feast. To make it more special we used stoneware plates instead of plastic plates. They are breakable but not china. (I'm not that crazy!) They all ate very well and kept the plates on their placemats, not breaking even one plate!
After lunch and rest time the children had peanut butter sandwiches and pumpkin pie and apple pie which most of them loved. So happy to make things that they enjoy. 😇
Someone had asked me for the recipe for the Sweet Potatoes in the Crockpot. I made them per the recipe but with just a little marshmallows. I think it may have been ok without the marshmallows, just wasn't sure. Here is a link to the recipe. Sweet Potato recipe
Here is another Sweet Potato crock pot recipe that looks a tad healthier. Healthy Sweet Potato Crock Pot Either way it saves oven space and stress at the time of the meal. A win-win in my book!
The menu for today was: Waffles, Blueberries, Milk.
Lunch: Turkey, Rolls, Mixed Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Fruit salad, and Corn Casserole,
Snack: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie.