In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our Kindergarten group, aka, Earth group (third planet from the sun, our third group to join our elementary) celebrated by cooking Green Eggs and Ham for their Food as a Language.
To begin, the children juiced kale and other green veggies to make a green juice that would serve as the coloring for their green eggs (and to add an extra boost of nutritional value). After the juice was made, two batches of eggs were scrambled, one with no special additions and the other with green juice stirred in. The result of the second batch- green eggs! Another child brought in ham and the group grilled it on the stove, adding the final touch to their afternoon snack.
By assisting in their food preparation, the children observed and applied simple scientific and mathematical concepts i.e. the transformation of a solid to a liquid through the kale juicing process, the counting of eggs used or the measurement of juice added. The children grasped an understanding of cause and effect by observing differences in color or taste of the eggs with juice versus the eggs without juice. The cooking process also allowed them to build teamwork and cooperative skills.
Prior to the cooking project, Gabby, the atelierista and our nutritionist, read the book “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children and talked about the author and what the day represented. We’re celebrating this day because in 1998, the National Education Association deemed Dr. Seuss’ birthday the official date of observance for Read Across America Day, a day that celebrates reading.
While reading text on a page is certainly not the only way to learn literacy, it can still be an important tool for creating valuable learning experiences. The reading provided background knowledge that would become useful during the cooking process, encouraging the children to make predictions and connect words to real-life experience. Understanding how the words on a page or an idea in a story can be transferred or implemented in a physical form builds critical thinking skills and exemplifies the interrelatedness of ideas, actins, and creativity.
Below are some photos of our Kindergarteners having fun while feeding their physical and intellectual appetites with their Seuss-inspired snack.