This week, we did a pretty cool theme, Cooking!  We talked about what our favorite foods are, if we help out mommies and daddies in kitchen, and if we are allowed to cook without an adult in the kitchen.  We talked about why we are not allowed to cook alone or touch hot stuff.  We discussed safety and what rules that we have in our house and most friends said that if we want to cook, we have to ask then our parents can help us make yummy foods in the kitchen.  

We talked about what foods are healthy and not-so-healthy and we did a sorting activity.  We played a kitchen match game where we had to match the kitchen item to the word by sounding out the word, match letters to the kitchen object (i.e. K for Kitchen), we practiced writing kitchen words on the dry erase board with a dry erase marker,  we dictated what our favorite food is and drew a picture.  We did an Alphabet Soup game where they had to find the letters and object that correspond to the letter on the can, practiced writing Qq, made a list of Qq words, and did an alphabet match game with bean bags.  

We learned how to use measuring cups and spoons by looking at the numbers and abbreviations that are on them.  We practiced measuring a recipe by using the bear and frog counters.  We practiced writing 16 and sixteen, made a Stone Soup by counting the number of objects that is on the recipe card, we made numbers using snap cubes, and we played a number bean bag toss game.  We had to try to throw the bean bags on the corresponding number.  

We did different experiments such as seeing what happens when we mix yeast and water, pepper and water, oil and water, and then we talked about what happened in each experiment.  We made Chocolate Chip Muffins!  Each child was able to stir the batter by using the wire wisk and they all were able to scoop the batter into the cupcake liners.  After the muffins cooled down, we got to eat them at snack time and they were delicious!

We talked about taking turns and letting our peers have a turn doing different things such as stirring, telling our peers that they can have whatever they are playing with, and making a list of peers that are waiting for their turn at a center or area.  We discussed how we would feel if we could not bake.  Some of the children said that if they couldn’t bake, they would not get any yummy treats and some said that they like to learn how to bake different things. 

We made spaghetti and meatballs out of yarn, clay for meatballs, red paint for spaghetti sauce, and we sprinkled rice for sprinkle cheese. We drew a picture of our favorite food and we did a popcorn treat project where they made their own treat bags with real popcorn glued.  Art was messy but so much fun!  They enjoyed what they made this week.  

As you already know, for the next month we will be doing the World Wildlife Fund to help the animals.  The animal that the children chose is Snow Leopard.  Each week, I will let you know how much money we have raised so far and the amount will be written on the paper jar that is by the parent board.  Thank you so much for helping us out!  

Kindergarten Information Night is on Thursday, January 19. 2023 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Grant Elementary School Cafetorium.  This is a great way for you to learn about what your child’s kindergarten experience will be like.  Your child must be 5 years old by on or before September 30, 2023.  If you would like a flyer, I have them on the parent board.  

Reminder:  Monday, January 16, 2023 is School Age Day!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

-Ms. Michelle

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