One of our teachers recently added a housekeeping area called “The Good Food Market” in our morning enrichment classroom. It’s a fun area of the classroom where our students get to role play as if they are shopping, cooking or running a store.
The market is now open for “business!”
One of the things that I like best about this new area is the fact that the market is a collaborative effort of both the teacher and the students. The teacher began setting up the area over a period of days. As she was so doing, the students gave her ideas on how to set it up. Instead of just doing it all herself, the teacher used the time she had with them during the morning enrichment program to enlist them in the work.
The students helped cut out and paint the letters that go over the market. They also helped make the fruits and veggies that are being used as manipulatives in the market.
Once they made the produce from air dry clay and painted it, the teacher then placed the homemade produce in a “basket” and asked the students to paint still life renderings. And they did a terrific job with them!
I know I prefer to work in an environment where I can influence my surroundings. I can tell you that our students have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of creating their morning classroom environment. They have a strong sense of ownership in their own work and they continue to learn that they can influence their surroundings in positive ways.
Take a look at all the photos below showing the students working on and playing in their new market.