All of the children agree that sharing is being generous so we explored this idea further today. We read Jan Brett's story of the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten. Nikolai asks his Grandma to knit him a mitten. When Nikolai is out in the snow, he drops his mitten. A mole finds the mitten and crawls inside. The story goes on with other animals crawling into the mitten to stay warm. In the end, the bear sneezes sending the mitten into the air and Nikolai catches it.
The mole was the first to crawl into the mitten. The children thought he was generous to let the next animal crawl in. As the mitten became crowded Bela noticed how all of the animals still let in others to share the space. This led to us talking about sharing spaces at Creative Minds. We used this story to practice our math skills keeping track of the number and order of the animals as they crawled into the mitten.
Using their fine motor skills, each child sewed a mitten. There was some frustration threading the needle and sewing the mitten but the children showed determination as they completed the task.