My classroom is currently knee-deep in our bakery project! This past week, my assistant planned and implemented the process of baking Gingerbread cookies. With the Children’s Campus, each of our staff members is required to fulfill one to two personal goals. My assistant’s goals over the past few years have been to further her own knowledge on child development, lesson planning, and project work! Kudos to her lesson plan, execution, and what her and the children learned, it was phenomenal! She started the week by having the children sketch and predict what the ingredients (which were laid out on the table) would create. On Tuesday, the children followed the recipe to create the cookies. On Wednesday, the children rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters to make various designs. The children started to share that they would like to share the cookies–so we followed the children’s lead and made another batch so we could share more! On Thursday, the children created another batch and on Friday they cut out shapes and baked. The children who baked both days began to feel more confident in the skills they gained Tuesday and started to use those skills by themselves on Thursday! In the afternoon on Friday, the children counted and added cookies in a bag to share with their families. This is only one week in our project! We have learned so much and the children’s interest is still driving this project!
Often times, I hear others ask the question, “How do you combine the learning objectives from your curriculum in your project work?” In the above scenario, I have laid out only a few of the many objectives:
use strengthen and control to perform simple fine motor tasks
show interest in quantity and number
participating in measuring activities
persists in play for six to nine minutes
make comparisons among objects that have been observed
represents ideas through pictures, dictations, and play
As you enter the classroom this week, begin to observe the patterns of your children. Look to see what they are interested in and begin to start a small project. If you need help along the way, let me know! I’d be willing to help. If you already do project work in your classroom please reply all and share your experiences.
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