DADDY MAKES THE BEST SPAGHETTI

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Circle Time Presentation

Show the children the cover of Corey and Dad marching and making music with pots and pans. Ask the children to predict what they think the story is about. After reading the title, DADDY MAKES THEBEST SPAGHETTI, ask if anyone wants to change their minds about what will happen in the story. Read DADDY MAKES THE BEST SPAGHETTI and pause for the children to giggle at Dad's impersonations of"Bathman" and the delightful suspense as Corey tries to find Dad while almost losing his bath towel. At the end of the reading, several children probably will volunteer some descriptions offunny games their parents play. Encourage them to also talk about cooking with their dads.

STORY STRETCHER

For Cooking And Snack Time: Making The Best Spaghetti

What the children will learn-
To assist in making spaghetti

Materials you will need-

  • Prepared sauce or ingredients for your own sauce
  • range or hot plate
  • spaghetti
  • water
  • salt
  • butter
  • one large saucepan and one large pot
  • wooden spoons
  • colander
  • plates
  • silverware
  • brightly colored napkins and tablecloths

What to do-

  1. Divide the children into four groups of chef's assistants. Discuss with each group what their task will include.
  2. Make a rebus chart, a combination of words and symbols, for each group's instructions and the spaghetti recipe. (See the appendix for a sample rebus chart.) Post the chart and refer to itthroughout the cooking experience.
  3. If possible, have a parent come to the classroom and prepare his or her favorite spaghetti sauce with the help of a small group of children acting as chef's assistants. If this is notpossible, let this group help warm up the sauce in a large saucepan or place sauce in a microwave to heat.
  4. Let another small group of children cook the spaghetti by boiling water, adding salt and butter, cooking the noodles and, finally, draining them in a colander.
  5. Have the third group of children set the table with brightly colored napkins and tablecloth.
  6. Ask the fourth group of chef's assistants to serve the spaghetti to the rest of the class and parents.

Something to think about-
While cooking hot foods with young children takes extra preparation and caution, the pride of accomplishment the children feel and the valuablelearning experiences are worth the extra efforts.

ANOTHER STORY STRETCHER

For Cooking And Snack Time: Families Setting The Table And Eating Together

What the children will learn-
To pretend to be families during snack time and how to set the table

Materials you will need-

  • If possible real silverware
  • dishes
  • glassware
  • napkins and placemats or tablecloths

What to do-

  1. Look again at the illustration of the family eating together in the book.
  2. Ask the children to sit at the snack tables; then at random ask children to pretend to be the father, mother, grandfather, grandmother and children. At some tables there might not be a mother andat others there might not be a father. Discuss that we are still families even if one of our parents is not present.
  3. Have these children sit together as families throughout the week during snack time.
  4. Let different members of the family take turns setting the table.

Something to think about-
With older children, encourage table conversations with each person maintaining their role. With younger children, since snack time is not usuallya pretending time, a teacher, aide or volunteer may need to sit at the table to encourage conversation.

STORY STRETCHER

For Housekeeping And Dress-up Corner: Grocery Store

What the children will learn-
To set up the area, improvise props, play the roles involved

Materials you will need-

  • Canned and boxed foods
  • grocery bags
  • aprons
  • cash register
  • cents-off coupons
  • newspaper ads
  • scratch pads
  • pencils
  • posterboard
  • markers
  • optional grocery carts

What to do-

  1. In the parent newsletter, announce the grocery store center and ask for empty cans and boxes.
  2. After the cans and boxes have arrived, collect cents-off coupons and newspaper ads which correspond to the containers.
  3. Give the players in the area the coupons, ads, scratch pads, pencils, posterboard and markers. Ask them what they can do with these materials to make the area look like a real grocery store.Expect to see them make posters guiding the shoppers to the food displays and matching the cents-off coupons to the food. Eventually, as they shop expect them to use the scratch pads to write checksfor their groceries.
  4. After the grocery store is set up, let the arrangers become the first customers, cashiers, produce managers and baggers.

Something to think about-
A grocery store is a wonderfully rich center for learning about community helpers, emergent literacy, nutrition, mathematics and social studies asthe children play the roles.

STORY STRETCHER

For Library Corner: Our Favorite Bedtime Books

What the children will learn-
To select a favorite bedtime book

Materials you will need-

  • Collection of books about bedtime
  • naptime
  • nighttime or family experiences

What to do-

  1. Show the illustration from DADDY MAKES THE BEST SPAGHETTI where the little boy and his father are listening to his mother read a bedtime story.
  2. Read one of your favorite bedtime or naptime books in a lowered, calm voice. Talk with the children about how it makes you relax when you read the book.
  3. Ask the children to bring a copy of a book from home, one of their favorite books that helps them relax and go to sleep.
  4. During the week, select bedtime books to read aloud in the library corner and at times during the day when a relaxing mood is needed.

Something to think about-
If some of your children have few books at home, let these children go with you to the school or city library and check out books for the rest ofthe class.

STORY STRETCHER

For Music And Movement: Pots And Pans For Our Kitchen Band

What the children will learn-
To march and keep the beat on their kitchen utensils and pots and pans

Materials you will need-

  • Large cardboard box
  • pots and pans
  • lids
  • coffee cans
  • large metal and wooden serving spoons
  • tablespoons
  • cassette recording of march music
  • tape player

What to do-

  1. Collect all the instruments, pots and pans and utensils for the kitchen band and place them in a large cardboard box.
  2. During a second circle time of the day, play some march music and let the children parade around the edge of the circle time rug, marching and clapping their hands.
  3. Have the children sit on the circle time rug again and at random, call out the names of children to come up and select an instrument for the kitchen band.
  4. March around the room, leading the kitchen band as they keep time with the march music.

Something to think about-
Banging around on pots and pans and coffee cans certainly is not real music; however, the improvised pretend band can enjoy the movement of theactivity.

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