Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day Celebration

On Friday we had a fabulous Mother's Day Breakfast. It was so nice to see moms and grandmas come and spend a little time with us. We began by reading a Mother's Day book and then the kids sang a song for the whole group. They did a great job. We had a great breakfast with donuts, bagels, fruit, and muffins. Then we were able to spend some time looking at all the great things the kids made for them. The kids really enjoyed the time together. Thank you to all the families that were able to join us for this special celebration.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Food Field Trip

This week we were able to go on a field trip that tied directly into our food unit. Our trip to Publix and Kilwins was a great experience for our little ones as they were able to see so many new things. At Publix we saw all the different departments, talked about the food we buy, went to the back to see how they unload the trucks, saw the big freezers, and even watched how they crush cardboard boxes to making recycling easier. At Kilwins we talked about all the different ice creams, what is in the ice cream, watched Ms. Stresen-Reuter and Mrs. Harbour make waffle cones, and discussed how you make fudge. During the day we were able to taste homemade peanut butter, ice cream, waffle cones, and fudge. At the end of the day they sent us home with cookies, apples, marshmallow treats, coloring books, and pencils. It was a WOW day.

Where Does Our Food Come From?

Part of our Kindergarten science curriculum has how people interact with their environment. We have tied this benchmark into a food unit so that students understand how people use plants and animals to obtain food. This is such a great time for kids to learn where their food comes from. During this time we hit on the major areas of milk and wheat. We learn how we get those foods and what we use them for. We also learn about chocolate, tomatoes, oranges, cheese, and whatever else they are interested in. We have great discussions about foods we like and foods that are healthy. We read many books about how food is grown or made. We watch videos that show us how the milk goes from the cow to the truck or the wheat turns into bread. Today we made butter and ice cream. Usually we make these on separate days but our schedule has been a little off during this unit ~ so we made them both in one day. What a great afternoon of making foods and trying new things. The kids didn't think they would like homemade butter but they loved it on crackers. They didn't think the ice cream would taste like ice cream from the store, but they were wrong. After we were done making our foods and eating them, the kids wrote up a lab report about the steps involved, what observations were made, and what the results were. Here are the highlights from our day!