This week, we started our Entrepreneurial Adventure in Grade 3. I was lucky enough to be one of the 12 classrooms involved in this new project last year where students chose a charity and created a business to support the charity of their choice.
This year the project has more than doubled with almost 30 Grade 3 and 4 classrooms starting businesses and supporting charities. It is an incredible program that students buy into instantly. It is truly the most engaged hour of school for these kids in my classroom. (I try not to take it too personally…)
In our first session the students receive their “business notebooks” (read- small, dollarama notebook with their name on it) You would have thought I handed them a gold brick. They carefully turned it over in their hands, and flipped though the new pages with shear delight. This is where we keep all our business notes, ideas, questions, research and data.
We then move on to talk about what a charity is and some of the local charities that students could consider supporting. Then they are sent off for a week to research different charities and come back with information to present to their classmates. We talk about how we want the charity that we choose to use our hard earned money wisely and as one kid so eloquently put it “Not to spend it on junk!”
I’ll be interested to see what they choose this year…
In my pantry-stock-taking, I found a can of white kidney beans WAAAAYYYYYY at the back that had been long forgotten about. I decided this was the week to use it, so I searched up some soup recipes. (since we ate TERRIBLY over the Christmas break and I need to do something to start reversing the bad choices we made) I found this simple, yet hearty looking soup on one of my favorite blogs.
Here is what you need:
- Olive or vegetable oil
- 1 ham sausage ring, or andouille sausage if you want to be fancy
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 diced onion
- 3 diced carrots
- 2 diced celery stalks
- 1 19 oz can of white beans (I used kidney)
- dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups chicken stock
- salt and pepper
I started by slicing up my ham sausage and browning it in a little oil
Then I just threw everything together in the crockpot and let it cook on low for 8 hours.
Instead of wilting the spinach into the pot of soup, I put a little bit on the bottom of each bowl and let the hot soup wilt it.
The verdict- This soup is amazing! I used a jalapeno ham sausage, and it gave the soup a bit of a spicy kick. You really could use any beans in this which is great too…because it can help use up what YOU have in your pantry. I will definitely make this again and would consider doubling it so there were lots of leftovers.