1. Far down in the valley the wheat grows deep,

And the reapers are making the cradles sweep;

And this is the song that I hear them sing,

While cheery and loud their voices ring:

''Tis the finest wheat that ever did grow!

And it is for Alice's supper--ho! ho!'

2. Far down by the river the old mill stands,

And the miller is rubbing his dusty hands;

And these are the words of the miller's lay,

As he watches the millstones grinding away:

''Tis the finest flour that money can buy,

And it is for Alice's supper--hi! hi!'

3. Downstairs in the kitchen the fire doth glow,

And cook is a-kneading the soft, white dough;

And this is the song she is singing today,

As merry and busy she's working away:

''Tis the finest dough, whether near or afar,

And it is for Alice's supper--ha! ha!'

4. To the nursery now comes mother, at last,

And what in her hand is she bringing so fast?

'Tis a plateful of something, all yellow and white,

And she sings as she comes, with her smile so bright:

''Tis the best bread and butter I ever did see,

And it is for Alice's supper--he! he!'

Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

Complete the associated copywork, narration, and dictation for this lesson. Click the icon to access the page.   

Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • In the story, describe how bread is processed and delivered from the field to the child's plate.
  • Describe how your family gets their bread or other foods.