Classroom experiences that are fun, educational… and delicious all at the same time are my favorite! That’s why I loved the winter holiday party put on recently by my daughter’s third-grade teacher.
Each month the kids are required to research and prepare a two-minute oral presentation on a given topic. One month it’s folk tales, another month they’re talking about important historical figures. For the month of December, they conduct a cookie exchange. This also serves as the kids’ holiday party and everyone loves it. Rather than simply having a fun party, and I’ve got nothing against parties, she turns that last half-day of school before Christmas into a learning experience, a rare occurrence in classrooms full of sugar-high kids who just want to go home for winter break.
To prepare for the oral presentations, the kids each make a batch of their favorite cookies, handing the recipe in to the teacher about a week in advance. Then on the day of the presentation, they stand in front of the class and talk about how they made them and what they learned. This year they talked about how they used math, chemistry and important life skills to create their edible masterpieces.
All of the students were enthralled to hear the presentations, many accompanied by entertaining, photo-rich PowerPoint presentations. So, add listening and computer skills to the list of things they learned as part of this venture.
At the end of the day, each child goes home with one of each cookie discussed in class and a recipe book that the teacher prints up so they can try the recipes at home.