Sophia began her Show and Tell by saying a Chinese poem which translates to 'Take what you eat and eat what you take'. She said this reminds us not to waste food. Sophia sometimes eats with a special spoon that has holes in it. The holes let the soup go through. When she has a special meal with her grandma her family has a hot pot. In the hotpot they cook mushrooms, tofu, fish, prawns and noodles. After looking at Sophia's drawing of the table which was round, we discussed who had a round, square or rectangular table. This led to talking about the spinning tray on the middle of tables often found in Chinese restaurants which allow people to easily share food.
Gaku told us about traditional Japanese food that he eats. He says a special phrase at the beginning and end of the meal to thank the gods for food. He explained the rice is always on the left and the soup on the right. Lots of us wanted to know why, so we did some research online. Left is considered superior to right in Japan and as rice is a staple food in Japan it is placed on the left to show it is superior and has greater importance. You can find out more details here. tadaimajp.com/2016/08/rice-on-the-left/ Gaku said he sits at a low table on the floor to eat.
Siu shared a video presentation about his family traditions for meal times. He begins by helping to set the table and ends by helping to clear the table. He says a thank you phrase before eating. His family like to eat together but sometimes his dad is working. Siu talked about eating Kimchi and Swini wanted to know what it is. Some thought meat or others a vegetable so we did some research to find that is it spicy pickled or fermented cabbage.
Omer showed a picture of Challah break which his mum bakes for Shabbat. This begins with a meal on Friday night. Omer showed a video clip of a prayer that he says and a picture with a cup of wine. He wears a special hat called a Kippa. Keshav wanted to know what Shabbat is so we did some research and watched this video clip below.
Mikhail said he eats his favourite foods with his family such as pizza, vegetables, rice and dumplings. His family eat at a table together. He uses a spoon and fork to eat with.
Swini shared photos to show her celebrating Deepavali in India as well as her special hair cutting ceremony. Her mum lit diva lamps in the house and Swini had a sparkler. During the hair cutting ceremony members of her family gave her necklaces. Getting her hair cut for the first time since she was a baby was part of worship.