Some of the projects that we initiated between August and October, included:
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By November we were all very interested in making food using loose parts and playdough. We began serving what we prepared to our teachers and even taking their orders!
So, Ms. Alison proposed that we change a part of our classroom to be a dedicated food making and selling area. We loved the idea! Ms. Alison changed the space over the weekend using some of the food and other things we had already prepared and surprised us with the new space on Monday. We immediately got busy using and changing it during our Discovery Time and free play. The new space helped us to extend some of our ideas already in motion and also think of new ways to play with food.
- Oral language: Explaining our ideas more thoroughly/expressing ideas in a sentence (i.e. 'ice cream' vs. 'This is cold vanilla ice cream')
- Written language: Using writing in our play (making menus, taking orders, making signs). Using our understanding of sound-letter relationships to record what we want to express.
- Numeracy: Writing numbers to represent costs of items. Identifying numbers on food boxes. Exploring with coins and counters. Counting and exchanging objects to make purchases and sales. (In our shop, one button = $1)
- Social Skills: Cooperating, sharing space & respecting/incorporating ideas of others in group play.