About two months ago I put out new advanced practical life work for my class. It involved grinding cinnamon using a mortar and pestle. This coincided with the telling of the Third Great Lesson – The Coming of Humans. In this narrative children learn how early humans prepared ingredients and food using mortar and pestles.
Students took a half a stick of cinnamon, crushed, and grinded it using the pestle. The children soon become aware of how much time and effort was needed to produce ground cinnamon.
Once we had accumulated enough cinnamon, I provided apples so children could practice slicing apples. Having cut the apples the students then sprinkled cinnamon on the slices using a strainer. The child then served the cinnamon apple slices to his/her peers.