Food & Nutrition: We believe that food consumption is a powerful human experience, that not only sustains our lives and nourishes our bodies, but also connects us to other living things. From the time it is harvested, there is so much to learn about how to prepare food, the different social roles of food, and why we even need to eat in the first place. This element of our curriculum asks children to develop an understanding of and participate in the cycle of growing/preparing/consuming/composting food.
Big Picture Explorations: Here are a few questions we use to kickstart our deepening understanding of food. Most questions do not have a “right” answer and we will revisit them as our understanding grows.
What is food? Why do we need to eat? What nutrients are in which foods? Do we need them all? What about vegetarians, vegans, people with allergies? What kinds of food can we grow/raise? How do we do it? How do we turn plants/animals into food? How can we combine different things together to make different types of food? What are herb and spices? How do we “keep” food? What do we do with the extra food? What about the extra non-food byproducts of raising food? What are the rituals, customs, etc around preparing and eating food? Does everyone grown/ prepare food in the same way? What about people who don’t have enough food? What about people who have too much food?
Hands On Exploration: We also roll up our sleeves and experiment with various food preparations. Some tasks like soup making and bread baking are done weekly as a way to cooperatively make a lunch for our group to share. Others are done in conjunction with seasonal harvests, guest speakers, and child interest. Below are listed a few things we hope to make this school year.
Soup, bread, cheese, pickles, jam, yogurt, sauces, dips, butter, tea, fresh pasta, sprouts, ice cream