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Baking with Mother Goose

The friendliest room in any house is usually the kitchen. Friends and family gather around a table and enjoy in the experience of sharing food and conversation. Frelinghuysen Elementary School (Warren County) teachers Susan Hocking, Kim Tamburello, Pattiann Parker, Patricia Meyers, Peter Arena, Jill Incalcaterra, Judy Pender, and Joan Maison are using this approach to welcome preschool and Kindergarten students to the school.

Baking with Mother Goose is an inter-generational project involving preschool, Kindergarten and 6th grade students, parents, teachers, and senior citizens, is funded through a $9,884 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. Project activities are designed to help young students learn to navigate through their new school environment and ensure a positive experience. Based on the concept that the kitchen is usually the focal point in a child?s home and a comfortable place for sharing conversation and stories, a similar environment will be created at the school.

Parents and senior citizens will assist with shopping, baking, monitoring activities, making costumes, scenery, and floats for a parade and festival on May 1st.

Sixth graders will attend theater workshops to heighten their reading and performance skills to ensure entertaining sessions with their Kindergarten partners. Students will create a Nursery Rhyme Memory Book for each young child in the sixth grade computer classes.

The May 1st festival will include a showcase of nursery rhymes, baked items, songs, and dance presentations.

For more information about this project, contact:

Susan Hocking
(908) 852-5508