One of our favorite class books is called “Bee-bim Bop”. It is a story about a Korean family preparing a traditional Korean dish called Bimbimbap. The books brings us through all the different steps of preparing this dish and it is fun to read due to the rhyming pattern. Since our friend Lucy is Korean, and she told us that she knows all about this dish, we asked her mom to come to class to help us make Bibimbap.
Jason’s grandfather came to teach us how to make a well loved Chinese food-dumplings. We all love dumplings!
Some Wednesdays Ms.Joan has been leading cooking activities with the children. This week they made garlic bread. The children have also made mashed potatoes and eggs and tomatoes. The children really enjoy cooking activities. Even though the activities seem quite simple, the children get to use their fine motor skills with utensils and learn good hygiene habits for food handling. Being exposed to different kinds of foods and having pride in making the food themselves, makes the children more interested in tasting new things.
Thoughts for families:Do you involve your child in food shopping or food preparation at home? Do you ask your child for their thoughts or ideas for planning meals?
The children are always a part of the preparations for classroom celebrations. For CNY we decorated and cleaned the classroom. When I asked The children what kind of activities they would like to do when their parents came; they decided that they would share their Learning Portfolios. Of course they were most excited about sharing food for the potluck brunch! They were proud to work together to prepare muffins for their parents.
Miranda’s mom came to read to us in Chinese. She also helped us make dumplings and shared oranges.