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.
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.
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 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 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.