As part of our Discovery Time inquiry into food making and selling, the children have become interested in making menus. This interest started with our daily menu writing on a whiteboard beside our main restaurant table.
Some children then became interested in created their own menus using the blank and lined paper available in their play area. Special menu papers were then presented as a provocation and soon all the children were interested in creating menus. We worked hard to sound out the food items we wanted to add to our menus and some of us even discovered the books in the class library as resources we could use to find menu ideas and correct spelling!
At this point, all children have created a menu with different food items and restaurant names. Some menus are for kids and some menus are for adults. Some children even added prices to their menus!
Since the beginning of the school year, Kindergarten 1.2 has been participating in 'Discovery Time'. These sessions, which happen several times each week, allow us time to pursue independent projects and activities based around our personal interests. This experience supports us in taking control of our own learning and develops our skills in reflection, self-awareness and assessment. We learn how to initiate projects and make decisions (as well as take suggestions) on how to extend them.
Some of the projects that we initiated between August and October, included:
Though many of our Discovery Time projects are initiated independently, we have opportunities to connect with other children by sharing our work during class meetings. We also view photographs and videos of our processes and listening to what has been documented by Ms. Alison in her notes.
We currently have some time between our planned units of inquiry so for the last two weeks we have been using this space to support a full-time inquiry. We've been busy cooking, baking, selling food in the shop, and creating a restaurant complete with table settings and menus. New ideas are emerging every day and it is always very exciting to see how our play is evolving and extending as we work as a group!
Some of the things we are learning authentically through this inquiry:
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