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!
Our Fellow Snail Christian, is both Chinese and Danish. His family came to class to read and sing to us in Danish. They also brought some special traditional Danish Christmas cookies called klejner. We especially loved hearing one of our favorite books “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” being read in another language!
Gal is from Israel and her and her family are Jewish. During the winter they celebrate Hanukah (The Festival of Lights). Gal’s mom came to share their family’s Hanukah traditions with us. We watched a short video that told us the history behind the holiday (look Below).
We also made our own dreidels (spinning top), dreidels are used to play a special Hanukah game. Gal and her mom sang a traditional song as they lit the candles on the menorah and they taught us a song and dance about lights.
Emma’s Father came to share his Chinese Calligraphy skills with the Snails. They thoroughly enjoyed getting to try it themselves.
During our Belonging unit, we have been exploring the different communities (groups) that we belong to. As a shared PreK 2 activity, all 5 classes came together to have a Morning Assembly (just like the big E.S. kids). This was such a success! Both teachers and children enjoyed it. We decided that throughout the school year, all PreK 2 classes will meet periodically to have a Morning Assembly. Each class will take turns in leading a song, story or dance that showcases their learning. At the end of the assembly all 5 classes will sing a shared Chinese song.
This activity will be kept fun and engaging to build the routine of presenting in front of others. This will help the Snails continue to build their self confidence and build a foundation for public speaking.
The Guinea Pigs had a great time visiting at Bayside with the big kids. Some of our favorite parts were; riding the escalator, going through the tunnel, eating marshmallows and listening to the 7th graders retell The Sneetches.
The Laser Bugs were a bit sad that the rain was too heavy to have our Field Day! They were looking forward to putting on their Laser Bug uniforms and showing their parents the P.E. skills that they had learned this year. Never the less, we still put on our Laser Bug uniforms and had an exciting morning together. We had a dance party, read books together, took photos of each other, colored our own Laser Bugs and did exercise videos together. We are looking forward to the postponed date when we can wear our uniforms and have our parents cheer us on!
During Earth Week we read stories about keeping our natural environment clean. We talked about how keeping our environment clean, we can keep people and animals safe and healthy. Putting our garbage in the trash and not on the ground, is one way The Laser Bugs agreed that we could be responsible for our environment. We also agreed that it was important to keep our school clean. We decided to walk around our Mountianside campus to check for garbage.
Here is a “Story” I have created with Storify. It is a digital platform that compiles information shared on social media (using hashtags and links). This story showcases the connections and conversations regarding our #eccphoto Project (mostly on twitter and instagram) amongst the contributing teachers and our supportive administration. Take a look through and you will see just how many contributors are sharing their thoughts/reflection and their student’s learning.