Today was the first day of our ECC International Weeks. It is a time that we encourage our children and families to share about their home cultures/countries. Our friend Alex is lucky enough to have 2 flags! He is both Indonesian and Italian. Today he shared the Italian food pizza with his classmates. The children were very excited!
We turned our pizza time into a Literacy Link. We first watch a retelling of the Story Book “Pizza Pat” on youtube and we then drew our favorite kind of pizza. Thank you to Alex and his family for sharing a piece of their home culture.
The children took turns reading their travel journals to their classmates. They enjoyed sharing their experiences with their friends. For the children listening, it was a good experience to listen to others’ stories. We practiced asking questions and staying on topic with the reader.
Over the course of a week, we took the time to choose our class name. We first listed all the animals that we knew, then we began voting on which animal mascot we preferred. We visited the list daily and voted each time to make the list shorter. When we finally got down to 2 animals (frog and Snail), we then drew the animal that we preferred.
When we had the final vote for snails, we then listed the kind of snails that we liked. Each idea that the children suggested, we did research on. As a class, we looked at google images of each idea i.e. Bubble Snails, Fire Snails, Flower Snails..
Working together as a class to choose our name, gave the children ownership. All children were a part of the discussions and decisions. Activities like these set the feeling that we are a community, a team where every one has the opportunity and responsibility to contribute. Little did the children know that the were busy learning new vocabulary, math skills and growing as communicators by sharing their ideas.