This week in Quartz Room we have started to expand further on our big idea of cause and effect. We are now focusing on “How we explore cause and effect through natural and scientific experiences.” A provocation we have used to introduce this idea was to bake carrot muffins with a small group of six children. During the process the children learned how to make sour milk (a buttermilk substitute). They also got to taste all of the ingredients, help measure the ingredients then mix everything together. Baking with children is such a great learning experience. “You’re not just making food, you are teaching science in action; helping to lay down basic math, reading and time-telling skills; encouraging healthy food choices; building confidence and creativity; enhancing communication and deepening connections with your child. Indeed, cooking with little ones is nothing short of awesome.”
Some other experiences we have planned to explore cause and effect are making sourdough friendship bread; making a paper mâché volcano and adding baking soda and vinegar to it; and experimenting with ice cubes by racing them down the table. Many excited things happening!