Junior Kindergarten Fairy Tales
During the month of February, the JuniorKindergarten was very busy discussing variousFairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. The childrenwere given the opportunity tobake, graph, compare, and createprojects surrounding the variousfairy tales and nursery rhymesthat we were reading anddiscussing. Please take the timeto review and recite the nurseryrhymes and retell the fairy talesthey have learned.In addition, two new centers were introducedin our classroom. Our Dramatic Play Area has
been turned into a doctor’s office, where the
children are enjoying role playing the doctor,the nurse, and the patient. We have also createda classroom Post Office. Look for letters beingsent home, as your child will be visiting our postoffice to mail letters to family and friends!The month of March finds us starting a newunit about the Five Senses. We will be exploringall five senses, starting with sight and hearing,and then moving into tasting, touching andsmelling. Fe
el free during your child’s show
-and-tell days to bring things that deal with oneof our five senses. We will be conducting avariety of science experiments, where childrenwill have the opportunity to observe anddiscover how they use their senses and how onesense is dependant on the other.Ms. Yiota, Ms. Alex, and Ms. KorinnaJunior Kindergarten Teachers
As we give out a weekly newsletter, wethought it valuable to enrich parents on thevalidity of cooking in our curriculum. Enjoy thearticle:Measure, Pour, Mix, and Create!
Children’s literature lends itself to
fabulous opportunities for incorporatingcooking in the classroom. There are so manytitles that lend themselves to thematic units aswell as phonetic activities.The cooking Center is very easy to set-up.You need to have access to an oven, or evenbetter, have one in your classroom.The children can benefit even more if theyexperience what transpires during cookingtime. Some of the supplies found at this centerinclude pots, pans, utensils, and measuringcups.At the cooking center, children exploreconcepts in math, science, reading andwriting.Emergent reading skills are practiced byreading through recipes. Children practicereading by using step by step recipe cardswhile they are also learning vocabulary words.Fine motor skills are exercised by pouring,chopping and peeling. They learn aboutnutrition, hygiene and where products comefrom. They observe scientific changes asliquids become solids. Students are then
encouraged to “write” (from scribble to
random lettering to inventive spelling)according to their developmental level, whatthey learned at this center. Math skills arepracticed as they count, learn aboutfractions, and create andinterpret graphs.Children are encouraged tobe risk-takers and try newfoods they may have originally avoided eatingby appearance. The ever-loved Dr. Seussstory Green Eggs and Ham was read to thechildren before they ventured in trying theirown green eggs! Students helped cook greeneggs and then were encouraged to try thisstrange-looking version of scrambled eggs
(with green food coloring)…Some even asked
for seconds!Another very popular old tale was StoneSoup. Children learned where there is a will,there is a way. A delicious soup was createdby adding simple ingredients. Childrenwashed, peeled and chopped the vegetables.The final product was a delicious vegetablesoup. There are various versions of this storyand if you read more than one, children cancompare and contrast.Finally, incorporating cooking in theclassroom promotes creativity andindependence.