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The dolls are a useful prop in the classroom for many projects and discussions.

Matryoshka! Matryoshka!

These traditional nesting dolls are always a favourite with young and old

May I see that toy?” I requested, pointing to a painted wooden doll in the glass case behind the cash register. “Of course,” Tina Alvetina, the clerk smiled, unlocking and sliding open the door. “It’s a matryoshka,” she added, lifting out the nesting dolls. “Can you repeat that please?” I asked. “Matryoshka. It’s Russian, I believe. I’m originally from the

Brennan School students from Elm Creek Colony gained greater insight into agriculture by participating in Agriculture in the Classroom programs last year.

Not just for city kids

Rural students at one Hutterite school enjoyed Agriculture in the Classroom activities last year

There’s little doubt Hutterites have a long agrarian history. Some time after settling in Raditschev, in northern Russia in 1770, they were taught to farm by Johann Cornies – whose role was similar to that of agriculture minister – by placing Hutterite young people on Mennonite farms. The Mennonites had arrived in southern Russia decades