WHEW! I have spent so much time getting ready for Thanksgiving and doing homework that it seems like time just sped up!! The children and I have had so much fun that it was hard to keep up with our regular curriculum activities. But I did notice that a vast number our activities have been hands on.
Even with the Mother Goose Time activities we have been doing there has not been a concentration as much on just merely sitting reading and writing. Thanks to the curriculum I actually managed to figure out what to do with my class during the Thanksgiving party to encourage healthy eating and using our hands to further our learning outcomes.
Every month I receive about two or three snack cards from Mother Goose Time. These are not simply fillers, the ability for the children to help cook covers so much that a child needs addressed during the learning day.
Fine Motor skills
Health and Safety.
Activities like cooking are simple and complex all at the same time. With this in mind I began to plan our Thanksgiving party.
Green bean casserole
apple dump cake
The children made everything on this list but the turkey. They loved learning about measuring and why it important for them to follow the directions of a recipe. This was also a good time to teach the health and safety by introducing a clean work space and asking them to repeat lists of ingredients needed for cooking. When one of the children connected cooking to being like science, I was so so proud. Because these types of connections and critical thinking skills can be reached without doing work at the table. It can be reached with hands on activities.
4. Gross Motor
4.1 Builds strength and balance
4.2 Coordinates large movements
5. Fine Motor
5.1 Control small movements
5.2 Uses drawing and writing tools
6. Health and Safety
6.1 Make healthy food and exercise choices
6.2 Practices good hygiene
6.3 demonstrates safe practices
All of these skills are not things that need to be learned on their own. I hope you enjoy the pictures of us preparing our Thanksgiving Lunch!