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The ability to identify “what comes next” in the rhythm of a song, a group of numbers or a daily routine is rooted in the understanding of patterns. Learning how to predict or create a pattern is an important tool that helps allow individuals to makes sense of the world around them.
We recently had a parent bring in shredded snake skin and we tied this into our hard and soft exploration. The children described the snake skin as soft and bumpy as they took a closer look at the snake skin through a magnifying glass at the light table. This is where they discovered a pattern on the snake’s skin which they identified as line, oval, line oval, etc. This led us to introducing patterns to the children from the snake skin observation. Continue reading
Patterns have recently come into focus in our classroom discussions. The students use the word to describe formations across different fields of study, from the weather to mathematics to art. Continue reading
Every week the children explore a variety of foods. This exploration can be in the form of a recipe, or simply examining food in its whole form. This week the children wanted to make a salad with ingredients they picked out such as romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and turkey slices.
We provided the children with butter knives and they began naming all the vegetables. They spoke of the different colors each vegetable was, noticing the majority of the ingredients were green. The children observed the size as well, some were round while others were oval shaped and one was even very long! They told us the tomato was wet and mushy when you cut into it.
Before cutting the tomato and guiding them on how to cut it we began discussing fractions through a tomato. First the tomato was cut evenly in half making 2 halves. Then we slowly began cutting it into smaller pieces making 4 pieces all the way to eight pieces. We spent time exploring fractions and how they look in written form. They were provided paper and black markers to draw how a whole tomato was turned into pieces after they cut it. This gave them a better understanding of a fraction. The teacher observed the children being very attentive and wanting to cut each ingredient the right size.
We believe in using food as a language weekly in our classrooms. Our hope for our children is to develop a culture of healthy and proper diet. Cooking new recipes helps children to develop a positive connection to all different types of foods including fruits and vegetables. Forming a positive experience with fresh foods is so important because healthy foods are the foundation for good nutrition. Children will also learn basic cooking skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
The children benefited from this project in a plethora of ways. They worked on their fine motor skills by cutting into different veggies, eye-hand coordination, following directions on how to make a salad which helps the children to improve their listening skills, working collectively as group and helping one another out, and being able to incorporate math with the vegetables through counting and fractions. Allowing the children to choose the ingredients to create an edible meal provided them the opportunity to develop more confidence in their skills and abilities. As the children followed a recipe they successfully organized the ingredients, followed a process, and executed various directions while applying math and language development by discussing aloud fractions with their food. We look forward to where our next exploration with food takes us!
“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
Our School of Wonders Elementary children visit a grocery store each week to practice math with money. In continuation of our study of China, we revisited 99 Ranch Market to complete our weekly grocery store field trip. The students reflected upon their first visit to this market as a class and discussed the variety of produce they found that was different from the versions they usually encounter at American supermarkets. They drew pictures of Chinese eggplant and broccoli beside the American versions, and wondered aloud why they appeared so different despite being the same plant.