In the Maternelle, PK4 students learn about the importance of nutrition—from understanding food groups to discovering how fruits and vegetables grow and discussing what they like to eat. Afterward, the classes welcome their younger classmates in PK3 to their very own, student-run restaurant.
To prepare for the opening, students talk about their own experiences at restaurants, everyone’s role in making it successful, and how they want to design and run their restaurant and create an enjoyable, nutritious experience for the youngest on campus.
The project enables 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 practice living and learning together, and develop an understanding that they are part of a larger community outside of their respective classrooms.
In January, students set the tables and served the 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.