Teacher Stuff: Creative Thanksgiving Recipes by Children

Tis the season for Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy’s annual recipe book project. Since she has both PreK and K children at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Greenwood, Mississippi, Sister ventured into pumpkin pie recipes and turkey recipes this Thanksgiving. Hope they bring you a smile. Feel free to share with someone else who needs a chuckle.

Read all the recipes here: turkeys and pumpkin pie recipes 2018

Sample spoiler:

1. Get some pie mix from Big Star. It will cost $5. It will come in a bottle.
2. Bring it home and pour it all out and mix it with a cupful of sugar.
3. Get some white milk and dump in the whole bottleful.
4. Roll it out and put it in a pan and leave it there.
5. Go to the pumpkin patch and get a pumpkin that has been growing. Get one that is as big as a cantaloupe and it will cost $100.
6. Cut out a little piece and put it right in the pie.
7. Bake it and put the oven on 1. Keep it in there for 3 minutes.
8. You will know for sure that it is done, so you should come and get it out right away.


1. Buy a turkey at Walmart. Ask someone where the turkeys are and then go there.
2. Look for one that is tan.
3. Buy it and it will cost $5.
4. Take it back to the school.
5. You should wash it with a lot of hot water.
6. Put 1 spoonful of white powder inside and put 2 cups of white milk on top. The milk should be cold.
7. Put it in the oven and put the oven on 5. You should leave it there for 1 minute. You should check on it 6 times.
8. Open up the oven and see if it is hot. If it is hot then cut it in 9 pieces. That’s all.

May the Lord bless you and all who share your life today and every day! 

Teacher Stuff: Franciscan Motherhouse Heritage Tours

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s long standing call to be teachers has always encouraged hands on education. Fieldtrips to our Motherhouse by various ages has ever been an opportunity for us to explain our way of life and for others to see first hand where we all began our consecrated lives.

Archivist Sister Caritas Strodthoff and Director of Human Resources Sister Elaine Turba recently provided a Heritage Day Tour for the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Manitowoc County. We are one of four places that include Pine Crest Village and Maritime Museum that are visited each year.  The group included 23 young men and women. The students were delightful. Given Sister Caritas’ love for our history, it is difficult to stump her. However, if there is a question that she doesn’t know the answer, she is very willing to delve into finding the information.

Teacher Stuff: Students’ Names on a Stick

For our September Teacher Stuff feature we look west to Yuma, AZ. Franciscan Sister Hannah Johnecheck strongly endorses the concept “Students’ Names on a Stick”. All St. Francis of Assisi School teachers are encouraged to use this teaching method. “Students’ Names on a Stick is a great way to increase student engagement and accountability. It virtually eliminates the need to raise hands.” says Sister Hannah.

This concept of random calling on pupils was encouraged by our own Sister Brideen Long, former President of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. Our Sister teachers created individual student name cards. The deck was shuffled and a card selected whenever there was a need for a response or for a volunteer helper or response to a question. Needless to say, this concept is a great tool for classroom management and a real equal opportunity booster!

Teacher Stuff: Sister Nancy and Luganda-English Folktale Book

Franciscan Sister Nancy Kinate, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, encourages Ugandian Student Sister Magdalene Claire Takyala Nakimbugwe to publish a Luganda-English folktale book.

One folktale involves a boiling cooking pot and the characters Mr. Hare and Mr. Leopard, who are trying to best one another.

Another features a gorgeous young woman having trouble picking from her many suitors. She decides to put the young men to a test that requires climbing the tallest tree and bringing back a leaf from the very top.

These are two of 12 Ugandan folktales recently published in a book by Sister Maddy Takyala, a senior at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. The bilingual volume, “Luganda-English Folktales,” is available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Sister Taylaka is a Roman Catholic Religious Sister in the Daughters of Mary Congregation (Bannabiikira), located in Bwanda-Masaka in the East African country of Uganda. She is an international Sister student sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, founders of the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.

The English, education and computer science major plans to return to Uganda to teach after graduation.

The youngest of 11 children, Sister Takyala recalls how her parents would recount folktales as the family gathered around the fire during the evenings. “Children in Uganda know these folktales. They listen to them and share them with other children,” she said.

The idea to write down the stories came about when Sister Takyala enrolled in English Curriculum and Methods class for future English teachers, taught by Sister Nancy Kinate.

“I asked Sister Maddy where she would be teaching and realized that the Ugandan culture is rich in oral folktales that have been passed on for generations,” said Sister Kinate. “Most of the stories have never been translated into another language as far as we know.”

They decided that compiling a book of some of the folktales in the English and Luganda languages would be an ideal way for children in Sister Takyala’s home country to learn to read, write, speak, sing and think in both languages. The stories, which run side-by-side, bridge the gap from the known (the folktales) to the unknown (reading and writing in Lugandan, then later in English.)

“The book can be used flexibly but ideally for readers from sixth through 12th grades,” Sister Kinate said. “The accompanying teaching notes are referenced with the Common Core Standards to develop language arts and critical thinking skills systematically. Sister Maddy can teach concepts such as dialog, use of quotation marks, character and the other literary and grammatical aspects of English in a natural and familiar context.”

Because some of the stories are sung, the book also contains musical translations of the folktales. Sister Winifred Crevier and Sister Mary Carol Kopecky, Franciscan Sister musicians, helped with transcribing the music and lyrics.

Sister Takyala also put her computer skills to use by creating an app so that she could self-publish the paperback book.

Students in her home country aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the stories. Sister Takyala was pleasantly surprised to find that “Luganda-English Folktales” has generated a buzz among Ugandans living in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia because they are interested in passing on their language and culture to their children.

Proceeds from sales of the book will go toward supporting the Ugandan orphans who are under the care of her religious community, Sister Takyala said.
She dedicated the volume to her nieces and nephews, and children in the U.S. and Uganda.

“We worked hard, but it was fun,” Sister Kinate said.
Affectionately called Sister Maddy, the author’s full name is Sister Magdalene Claire Takyala Nakimbugwe. To learn more about her book, “English-Luganda Folktales,” click here.