Charting out our Thanksgiving meal in preschool

We have continued  working on the details for our Thanksgiving feast. Today during circle time, I invited the children to brainstorm with me what they think we should serve for our Thanksgiving meal…

Each child told me what they would like added to our list. By the end of our list, the children were really catching on to the idea and I was running out of room on my chart. As I wrote each menu item on the chart I would casually say things like, “Strawberries – wow, that is a very long word!” or “Pumpkin Pie is two words.”  I didn’t over do the academic part of this process but I briefly pointed out different parts of the writing process as we went along.  The children caught on too and would say things like, “That word is short!”

Once we had our menu all prepared, then I went back and asked the children to raise their hand if they liked chicken or macaroni and cheese and so on.  My goal was to briefly review the words we had just written out together…

After we finished our menu, then we did a simple chart on how we will need to set the table for our meal.  I asked the children to help me decide what non-food items we will need at the table. If they couldn’t think of something, I would say things like, “Well, what will I drink out of?” or “Hmmm, I might need something to wipe my face while I eat.”

They listed off things like a plate, fork, spoon, knife, and so on. As they listed items for the table, I tried to draw them on my paper…

Once we had our table setting completed, including our turkey decoration, then we added the food items we had made on our first chart. I would draw something from our menu and the children would guess what they thought I had just drawn from the menu – some of my drawings were quite a challenge to figure out….

So now that we have our menu all ready and we know how to set the table – we are just about all ready for the big day! Stay tuned for more!

By |2011-11-17T23:00:30+00:00November 17th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. m a khan November 19, 2011 at 6:21 am - Reply

    very nice site really appreciate

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 20, 2011 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

  2. Britney Stroberg November 5, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Hello Deborah

    I have followed your site for about four years now and I really love love love your ideas! Do you mind telling me what type of medium chart paper you use? Thanks so much

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