Cornhusk Dolls and Baked Treats: Third Grade Enrichment

The large metallic mixing bowl on the table gleams, reflecting the arms and faces of the children around it. These children are third graders at Mount Madonna School, and with their hands covered in flour, they laugh and talk while mixing together dough for apple scones. The scones will later be baked and enjoyed by the students as part of their holiday celebration. Once the dough is finished and hands are washed clean, the children move on to making dolls.

“This is fun,” comments eight-year-old Riley Moller. “I’m learning how to measure and how to core an apple. But my favorite part is making cornhusk dolls. I made two boy dolls, and it was one of the funnest things I have ever done.”

Sandy Moller, Riley’s mom, frequently volunteers to help in the classroom, and says she enjoys cooking and baking with children.

“These kids are very efficient and helpful. They worked well together and shared the tasks evenly,” she notes. “I am impressed with their ability to listen, read the directions, take counsel and stay focused. I appreciate that the kids have days like this in the classroom; where practical knowledge and fun can be a wonderful learning opportunity and leave them with fond memories, too.”


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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.