More Than Making Cookies
Sensing their concern, I decided to put our Space Project on hold & quickly responded to this valuable teachable learning opportunity. Following the children’s lead, I provoked their empathy with this open-ended query : “I wonder how we can help the people in Japan who lost their homes?”
The ECLC 2B children quickly responded :
“Bring money to Japan!”
“Ask Mommy to buy real money.”
“Ask (money from) whoever we see.”
Then idea of a Cookie Sale came up which was greeted excitedly by the children (and to the delight of the PSA). The children even tried to weave in our Space Projects when they thought of making cookies with planet & rocket ship shapes. We were on a roll! For a week, our work concentrated on the ’Cookies to Help Japan’ concept. The class couldn’t wait to sell cookies last Friday. The proceeds of the Cookie Sale will be turned over to the PSA Japan Fund Raising Team (through Mrs. Jeanetta Robinson).
This class initiative enabled me to scaffold the children’s interest & knowledge by taking a topic of interest from home into the classroom thus expanding their sense of community from local to global. Having said that, this community project highlights these learning experiences : the opportunity to practice the children’s meta-cognitive skills, Service Learning and Global Citizenship in ECLC as well as developing a professional learning community among the adults. In ECLC, we passionately believe that young children are competent, capable & caring human beings, so learning to practice these attributes couldn’t start at a better age. And making the Cookies? Well, that’s just the icing on the top!
To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis