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Five spring circles, including a gathering verse, a candle-lighting verse, and two close of circle verses. Each circle is full of songs, verses, movement rhymes, and more, and the themes are Winter Goodbye, Dig a Little Earth, Flowers and Flower Fairies, Raindrops, and Animals All Around.

One of the best parts of our foray into soupmaking has been watching the imaginative play that has come out of it. Daniel loves pretending to make soup in his little kitchen… as long as he can steal a pot and wooden spoon from the big kitchen!   Our “chowder made with clam” recipe was an old family favorite, made from a recipe in The Boxcar Children Cookbook.

Jessie’s Clam Chowder: Makes 4 to 6 servings; we doubled it.

“Yum, yum! Jessie can make good chowder!” said Benny. –Surprise Island

I’m playing catch up with our Soup posts. To read more about how we’re cooking our way through John McCutcheon’s song “Soup,” read here.

One of the things I love about making soup is it gives so many opportunities for the children to participate. We have lots of rhymes and songs to get us through the process, too.

When we’re preparing the vegetables, we love to recite

Chop, chop, chippity chop.

Cut off the bottom and cut off the top.

What we have left, we’ll put in the pot.

Chop, chop, chippity chop.

Minestrone: Italian minestra (soup) + -one
“The Big Soup”

According to Wiki, minestrone is “
the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock and tomatoes.” There is no set recipe; rather, it uses whatever is in season… or, in our case, whatever is in the fridge.

I did use a recipe as a base and tossed in homemade chicken stock, carrots, green pepper, celery, onions, beans, tomatoes, spinach and some elbows. Then I just let it stew all morning as we did school.

They put a whole lot of love in the little black pot…

And Daniel is very thankful!
This one was an amalgamation of recipes. I started by sauteing some onions and celery in oil. I added about 3 cups of homemade chicken broth and then threw in a pound-and-a-half of broccoli florets. I chose to puree it after the broccoli was tender, but you can choose to keep the broccoli whole if you wish.