Native American Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse histories, traditions, and cultures of the indigenous people. Playing tribute to rich ancestry through reading stories is a great way to honor and learn more about the Native American people.
To continue learning more about native american culture we read the book Fry Bread written by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal which is a story about family, history, culture, and traditions, new and old. Frybread is a dish of the indigenous people of North America that is a flat dough bread. The food we eat is intertwined with culture/traditions and many of our favorite memories are associated with gathering during special celebrations, helping our community, or simply enjoying comfort food together. By exploring and learning about different foods and traditions from around the world children can learn, respect, & experience a lot of different cultures.
Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.After reading the book we invited the children to make their own fry bread with playdough, rollers, pots, pans, bowls, baskets, and more. Play-dough is a staple in early childhood. It is a powerful way to let a child use their imagination, strengthen the small muscles in their fingers, and encourage a child's language + literacy, science, math and sensory skills. It is quite possibly one of the most powerful props for learning. Since children learn and retain information through their senses, integrating a sensory material such as playdough will deepen their comprehension and connection to the concepts of the story all through the power of their imagination by play!