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Working Together to Bake Bread

GWA preschool teacher Ms. Lili Noé taught her students about patience and baking after they read the story of The Little Red Hen. Read below to hear from Ms. Noé in her own words. 

I began the lesson by asking my students where we get our bread from. They responded with Marjane, or the bakery, but they didn’t know how the bread they ate was made. Then, we read the story of The Little Red Hen, and we put on a puppet show acting out the story. They loved it, and I asked them if they would help me bake bread one day. They were very excited about this and eager to participate. I warned them that everyone would need to help if they wanted to eat our bread—just like in the story. I sent home a letter explaining our cooking workshop and which ingredient each student needed to bring to class. 

On baking day, the students took turns pouring the salt, yeast, flour, and warm water, and then Ms. Meriem and I kneaded the dough into a ball. We told the students that we had to let the yeast rise for a few minutes. We discussed patience. Then, we gave them each some flour and divided the dough into little balls for them to knead and finally roll into perfect balls. We let the dough rise again, and then we baked it. The whole classroom smelled like hot bread and the students were impatient to try it, asking me, “When is it ready?"

Finally, during snack time, we ate our bread with the honey, butter, jam, and Nutella that the students had brought to share. The kids were so proud that they had made bread “by themselves” and wanted more, more, more! :-)

I was thrilled to have my students learning through a hands-on activity and to see them giggle as they played with the sticky dough and kneaded it into little breads. It was also fun to see them learn patience, because it took the whole morning (waiting for the dough to rise and then to bake) and they kept saying, “Miss Lili, when can we eat the bread? Can we eat it now, pleeeease?”