Monday, 29 April 2013

Our 'Amish' Visitor

Earlier this school year I introduced my K- 3 students to Life with Lily, a book by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. They were quickly drawn into the life of this little Amish girl and were excited with each chapter I read to them. I think part of the reason they love Lily and her family and friends so much, is that in many ways they can relate to them - can be indentified by the way they dress, help with farm chorus and live in tight knit Christian communities...

Right now we're enjoying the second book in this series, A New Home for Lily. And yes, they still love Lily. Besides savouring the story, I find these books are a great way for children to learn about the Amish culture and to compare and contrast it with their own.

As we're nearing the end of this book, I told my students last Friday, "We're going to have an Amish visitor around 2:00 today." Of course the first question was: "Is it Lily?" To which I had to reply 'no', of course. No matter, they were still very excited and kept watching the window and door. Just after I had finished reading a chapter from the Lily book, our 'Amish visitor' arrived.


All heads turned towards the door. Some were stunned for a few seconds, and some started laughing when they realized who it was. Our 'Amish visitor' was one of our grade six students dressed Amish. My sister, Elma, our principal acquired the dress from a girl at another colony, who had an Amish penpal at some point and got it as a gift from her.

I'm glad that we got the dress...it provided a fun little activity to do while reading a Lily book. We're all looking forward to book three!




8 comments:

Shelly said...

What fun! I can see why the kids enjoyed it so much. You surely know how to make literature come alive for them~

Katie Troyer said...

The cape is worn backwards. The backside is the front of the cape.

Linda Maendel said...

Oops, thanks for telling me, Katie. Will try to remember this for next time someone wears it.

Angela Ackerman said...

What a unique idea for bringing a book to life! I love how your students really got into Lily's character, too!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

As Mary Ann is a good friend, I'm so happy to hear that your class is enjoying her books. She has quite a gift. I enjoy them myself even as an adult and can't wait for the next one to come out. Did you notice she has a friend named "Beth"? :)

Linda Maendel said...

Yes, ImPerfect Housewife, I do know she has a friend named Beth. Sweet!

Kathy said...

Fun... I've never heard of the books. I must check them out.

Sylvia said...

Thanks for stopping by, 'Living and learning With Our new Normal". We have many Amish neighbors where we live in upstate NY. It's common to see horse and buggies tied up in town or going past our house.