Cooking in the Classroom!
Teachpreschool.org, a fantastic website that’s filled with great activities and promotes excellence in early childhood education, recently posted a Cooking in the Classroom experience that featured Kitchen Club Kids End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad.
What this Teach Preschool activity taught us is that creative teachers go a long way in helping our children develop the skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. As a father whose little guy visits teachers just like these every day, I couldn’t be more grateful for the patience, dedication and passion they offer. We also couldn’t be happier that Courtney Floyd shared this rainbow fruit salad lesson and made Kitchen Club Kids End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad part of the experience.
Courtney writes, “What we learned is that cooking in the classroom is about so much more than just measuring, slicing, and pouring. It can be a multi-sensory experience.” And, her statement couldn’t be more true.
The teachers and students began by reading the book. Then, they passed around some of the fruits featured in the book to talk about their distinct characteristics. Courtney says, “We passed around a pineapple, grapes, bananas, strawberries, and a papaya: all fruits that were about to be used in our fruit salad. While we passed the fruit around, we talked about using all of our senses to examine the fruit. What color is the papaya? How does that prickly pineapple feel on your fingers? What do those strawberries smell like? Of course, we would see what it tastes like later. It was, not only an invitation to explore the fruit, but an opportunity to build language skills.”
They even used this experience as an opportunity to teach sharing and turn taking… two things that didn’t dawn on me until I read her article. This just goes to show that even parents can learn a lot from their children’s teachers. It also reminds me to step back and look for the teaching opportunities in everything I do with my son.
The classroom activity got even more hands-on as the kids began making their own End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad. They counted and cut and scooped and mixed, step by step, until they had created a healthy and delicious snack of their own.
I imagine a nap was quick to follow. With all the activities, learning opportunities and hands-on teaching that went on that morning, everyone in the classroom deserved a little rest and relaxation.
Thank you so much to the teachers who brought this Cooking in the Classroom experience to life. And, thank you to teachpreschool.org for sharing it with the many parents and teachers who visit your site for creative ways to make learning fun and exciting.
You can see a recap of the entire End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad classroom activity here. And, be sure to visit TeachPreschool.org daily for new ideas to keep your little ones active and engaged in learning. Follow Teach Preschool on Facebook, too!