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Earlier this year, PK4 classes in the Maternelle studied all about nutrition—from food groups and discussion of what they like to eat, to discovery of where and how fruits and vegetables grow, and learning the French names for different foods. Afterward, the classes welcomed their younger classmates in PK3 to their own restaurant opening.
To prepare, students talked about their own experiences at restaurants, everyone’s role in making it successful and, finally, how they wanted to design and run their restaurant and create an enjoyable experience for the youngest on campus.
The project enabled the classes to work on different areas of learning, including oral and written language through the development of menus; visual arts by decorating their chef’s hats, aprons, and table settings; mathematics through the purchase of food items at neighborhood grocery store, Falletti; and the sciences through their discussion of how wheat grows, how it’s harvested, and how it’s turned into bread to be served at the table. Perhaps most important, the students practiced living and learning together, and developed an understanding that they are part of a larger community outside of their respective classrooms.
The students set the tables and served their carefully and lovingly-prepared food to their peers, who waited patiently outside until PK4 was ready to open. “It was fantastic to see how proud they were of their work and of the dishes they were serving. We were equally as impressed by how well PK3 sat patiently at the table and ate almost all of their food,” shared PK4 Blue French teacher Sirika Yong.