Junior Kindergarten's Favourite Foods
Students’ journey into ‘Who We Are’ begins in Junior Kindergarten. Through stories, conversation, and unguided play, students learn about themselves—who they are, what they do, and where they belong—and about others. Students learn that who they are is what makes them different, that everyone is different, and that these differences are what make us unique.
The exploration into self begins with learning about physical attributes. Students create paper versions of themselves, colour them in, and give them eyes and hair and even outfits. While dressing their paper selves in their favourite outfits, the concept of ‘favourite’ is introduced. Students learn about their likes and dislikes, as well as what it means to have ‘a favourite’. Students explore their favourite friends, foods, colours, and more in a variety of ways.
Students practice their understanding of balance by building meals with paper cutouts from grocery store flyers. Students glue the pictures onto their plates and build a delicious, balanced meal of their choosing.
The discussion about favourite foods prompts another inquiry for our learners. This time, about balance. Teachers help students find their favourite less-healthy foods, but also encourage them to find healthier food favourites. Students learn that they can have some of their favourite treats, but that they should be balanced with healthier food choices. Students practice their understanding of balance by building meals with paper cutouts from grocery store flyers. Students glue the pictures onto their plates and build a delicious, balanced meal of their choosing.
Students’ inquiry into ‘Who We Are’ will continue in the coming weeks. Students will tour the school on the lookout for a new favourite … their favourite spots on campus!