Cooking in Preschool
Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children but one that has been used for years as an important teaching and development tool for all ages. For more information on the benefits of cooking in the classroom click on the link. Cooking in preschool
Children are interested in clothes from a very young age. Babies tug at their clothing; toddlers study buttons snaps and zippers; and, by the time children are in preschool, they develop distinct preferences for colors, fabrics, and styles. This study will help children explore social studies and science concepts about different kinds of clothing and where and how clothing is made.
Web of Investigations
Each investigation strengthens a child’s language and literacy skills, social and emotional growth, math comprehension, and physical development. This web will expand as the study progresses.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time! We know that your children will have many questions as they navigate their new surroundings. We will explore six focus questions we consider important for your child to understand.
- What names do we need to know at school?
- Everyone in our class has an interesting name. “Let’s learn our new friends’ name.” Each part of our classroom has a name too. “Let’s explore and find out the names of the different areas.”
- What should we do if we get sad or scared at school?
- We give students strategies on how to handle strong emotions. You can tell the teacher, you can hold friend hands or go to the calm down stop.
- What are the rules?
- We ask the children, “What are rules?” and “Why do we have rules?” The class then comes up with their own classroom rules.
- When do things happen at school?
- Young children enjoy exploring time, however, they think about time in terms of “chunks” of the day that relate to their experiences, e.g.. snack time, rest time, group time, and time to go home. Learning to tell time doesn’t typically occur until around age 6 or 7. We talk mainly about our daily schedule and when things happen in our classroom.
- Who works at our school?
- We had two school workers come in and talk to us about their jobs. was Mr. Bennett whose job is to keep our school clean and Mrs. Kientz who prepares our food we eat at lunch. We learned a lot about how important their jobs are at our school.
- How do we make and keep friends? How can we be part of a group?
- Three and 4-year-olds are just learning to share. When children struggle with sharing, we use conflict as an opportunity to teach how to solve problems together. Here are some examples of how we coach them, say, “When you’re done may I play with it?” Another example is to negotiate. Find a toy to trade with them, say, “Would like to trade, this is a really cool green car?”