This is a great example of the concept communicated via a recent Buzz Word in Education: "Intentionality". Although the word itself has been around longer than you can imagine, it has, in the last decade, become a term to reckon with in the classroom. More on the concept, after we see just how fun it can be in early childhood!
The children were "Intentionally" taught some basic cookie decorating skills to ensure they could: produce beautiful cookie gifts; keep the mess to a minimum; plan and execute a project; and exercise some fine motor coordination techniques. A lesson taught with Intentionality, which, in turn, taught the children to approach the project with Intentionality. They were required to think ahead about colors and design, and we used demonstration and hand-over-hand practice to understand the skills...the technique and the outcome of using the techniques. There were No Mounds of Icing, there were No Big Spills, there were No Sprinkle-Doused Cookies! There were a lot of little fingers working hard for the correct positioning, there were many thoughtful pauses prior to taking the next step, and there were happy, proud faces enjoying the holiday music and their own Edible Christmas Masterpieces!
Be enlightened! Click HERE for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition and explanation of "Intentionality". And make it FUN!! :)
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Colleen T. Mantell, M.S., Ed.