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Challenger K-8 kindergarteners tell how to make turkey dinner in minutes

Challenger K-8 kindergarteners, all 6-years-old, from left, Joshua Jovellanos, Aubrie Carlson, Jackson Hoyt, and Madalyn Dixon have been learning about Thanksgiving. Their idea of cooking is mostly microwave.

PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE | Special to the Times

Challenger K-8 kindergarteners, all 6-years-old, from left, Joshua Jovellanos, Aubrie Carlson, Jackson Hoyt, and Madalyn Dixon have been learning about Thanksgiving. Their idea of cooking is mostly microwave.

Sitting on the floor in Margie Yurtinis' Challenger K-8 classroom, I talked with four kindergarteners about how to make Thanksgiving dinner.

Hmmm. Interesting.

Jackson Hoyt, 6, described how to prepare the turkey.

"Stab the knife in and you get all the bad stuff out, and you cut it into pieces," he said.

I suggested that perhaps it needs to be cooked.

Oh, yes.

"You put it in the microwave for three minutes and then you eat it," Jackson said.

Moving on to the stuffing, Madalyn Dixon, 6, was a little short on specifics.

Given a loaf of bread, she said, "I would turn it into stuffing."

She did realize it had to be processed — somehow.

"I would turn it into little squares," she said.

She also said she would cook it.

Joshua Jovellanos, 6, volunteered that he might be able to handle the preparation of corn.

I coaxed him into agreeing that the ears should be peeled first.

Then, he said, "You bring it inside."

I guess he was envisioning shucking the corn on the porch.

Once inside, he said he would cook it in the oven.

Aubrie Carlson, 6, tackled the mashed potatoes.

"You put it in the microwave and then put salt and garlic powder and butter and black powder (pepper)," she advised.

Once seasoned, she said, cook the potatoes for "about 30 seconds."

After that, "you just moosh 'em."

Done!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Challenger K-8 kindergarteners tell how to make turkey dinner in minutes 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3:30am]
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