Montessori Students Learn Cooking in the Classroom

     Published on 5/14/19   Tagged under:    District News    LeMoyne Elementary School   

This is a photo of two young girls sitting at a table cutting up carrots.Students at the Montessori School have been cooking up a storm, thanks to a grant from the SCSD Educational Foundation.
 
Pre-K teacher Laura Vogelsang wanted to help students apply Common Core Standards in a practical, hands-on way. Through her ‘Cooking in the Classroom’ grant project, she helped students work together to create dishes, learning about other cultures as they created food from around the world.
 
The grant allowed Ms. Vogelsang to purchase cooking instruction books, baking and cooking supplies and a Wegmans gift card to purchase ingredients.
 
Leading up to the holidays, students grinded spices and made cookies to decorate. They studied variations of the classic folktale ‘The Gingerbread Man’ as they practiced counting, measuring and following directions. They even learned new vocabulary, such as whisk and spatula! As they wrapped up the unit by decorating their gingerbread cookies, families were invited in to participate and hear what students learned.
 
For their next project, students read the classic tale ‘Stone Soup.’ Each student was asked to bring in an ingredient to share as they demonstrated that when everyone works together, the results are better than what everyone could have done on their own. Later, students read ‘The Little Red Hen’ and grinded their own grain to make Irish Soda Bread!
 
“This grant was written to give students a hands-on way to practice academic skills like following directions, counting, and new vocabulary; as well as to increase their self-help skills,” Ms. Vogelsang said. “The students have had a great time cooking in the classroom!”
 
This is one of 22 projects funded in 17 schools this year by the SCSD Educational Foundation, totaling more than $62,000. To learn more about this year’s grant projects, please visit www.scsdfoundation.com.