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Today’s entry is written by Petra, a German Pre-K teacher
I brought a bag with everything needed for the project from home.
After breakfast, we lined up and washed our hands. Back in the classroom, we stand around a table and the fun began.
Every child pulled, without peeking into the bag, something out of it.
We talked about color, texture, smell and what we can use it for. The last thing was a big and heavy bowl. We passed it around so that everyone could hold it. One of the older and of course stronger boys helped to flip the bowl to get the yeast dough out of it and onto the baking matt.
All the kids got a share to roll the dough with the rolling pin. The dough had to be almost round. Brushing melted butter on it went perfectly well, the brushes were shared nicely as well as the bowl with the melted butter. Smelling the sweetness of sugar and cinnamon brought some excitement to all of the kids and their hands were all over the place. We took a short break and I asked for a solution for our “problem” [the hands all over the place].
The older kids had a great idea: no hands on the table! The younger ones followed perfectly the example of the older ones and we were able to go ahead with sprinkling, smelling and already savoring the taste of the finished product.
The teachers encouraged the children to use the sharp pizza roller. Some wanted to do it alone, others needed a little bit of help.
Finally, everyone could feel the texture of the dough with all the yummy stuff on top. We rolled the cut slices into a nice croissant shape.
The finishing detail was to brush with some egg wash and again sharing the brush and the little container with other kids went very well.
Now the last thing to do was to wash the hands again and wait until after lunch so we can share the cinnamon yeast croissants for dessert after they were perfectly baked.
- Math & science,
- language arts,
- fine motor skills,
- social behavior.
Teacher’s reward: when the oldest girl (Nina), who was waiting very patiently at the end of the line, said:
“ I know why I’m the last in line. I’m the oldest and you know that I can wait until it’s my turn"