Phew! We made it through a fun and festive feast! While I’m in the holiday spirit, I want to start by saying that this Thanksgiving I am thankful for all of you. Thank you for trusting us to teach and take care of these amazing little humans. They are each so special and important in our classroom.
This week, we had a blast preparing for the feast- a favorite TCS tradition. We cooked, we read, we made fall inspired art creations, we practiced wonderful songs to share with the school, and we discussed gratitude, kindness, and showing thanks. The OAD’s described what they were each thankful (or glad) for, and watched their ideas be transformed into print (you can find our poster out in the hallway).
Dictating your child’s ideas is great for emergent literacy development. When they see spoken language translated into print they are learning concepts such as alphabetic principle and print concepts. In addition to our “gratitude” poster, we also dictated their very own recipe for pumpkin spice cookies. Here’s our recipe (according the OAD’s):
- Flatten some dough
- Put flour in it
- Put in pumpkin
- Add chocolate chips
- Cook it in the oven.
What do you think? Looks like we have ourselves some little chefs! Their recipe isn’t actually far off from the real one. Here’s the actual recipe if you’d like to try it at home (it’s so easy, even I can’t mess it up): https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25831/pumpkin-spice-cookie/ We added chocolate chips to ours as well.
This week, I also wanted to add some simple home activities to the blog. If you’re looking for ways to engage your child in the holiday festivities, or just want to find more ways to incorporate learning activities into everyday routines or play, here are some ideas:
- Have your child help you make a grocery list for your own “feast” items. Make a list together and let your child watch you dictate the items on the list or let your child make their own list. Bring a notebook and pencil to the grocery store so that they can make a “reverse list” in the cart by copying print from items that you already have.
- Play an alphabet game as you’re shopping for your feast or traveling in the car. Work together to find each letter of the alphabet on grocery items like cans and boxes or environmental print in the car.
- Sing rhyming Fall songs! 5 Fat Turkeys are We is an OAD favorite : https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=w01pkrkMOFw
- Write or discuss a recipe together! Make a silly recipe to share with your family, or write down the steps to a familiar recipe together. Use transition words (like “first”, “second”, and “last”) as you discuss the steps. Incorporate numbers as you write an ingredient list. Remember that symbols and drawings are considered early forms of writing, and work just fine as a substitute for words and letters.
- Create a “memory book” about your family’s holiday traditions and experiences. Write down each family member’s favorite memories of the holiday and add pictures. Discuss which traditions are each of your favorites and how each member of the family is an important part of the tradition and your family.
- Cooking is great for motor development! Let children help with simple recipes. Find them a safe space to help chop soft foods (three and four year olds can safely handle plastic butter knives or other dull tools like crinkle choppers). Model and discuss kitchen safety and hygiene.
- Draw a picture of your child’s favorite Thanksgiving or Fall tradition together to share with the OAD class! After your child is finished drawing, dictate their explanations for the drawing on the paper so that they can see their ideas transform into print.
I hope you all have some safe and relaxing home days! Here’s a link to our November album so you can enjoy pics and videos of our week and feast:https://photos.app.goo.gl/o5A7MCNRucgZZus7A See you all soon,