Most can agree on the importance of teaching children where food comes from. In recent decades, our society has become more and more disconnected from the foods we eat and the farm to fork process in whole. As time moves forward, society relies more and more on large-scale, even global food systems to feed populations. The need to reconnect with our land and the food that it provides has never been more important!
Instead of expecting every child care site or family to tend to a full-fledged garden, we can create a series of fun and engaging year-round classroom activities that make children excited about growing their own food!
The children each get to build their own mini greenhouses, germinate their bean seeds and journal their beans progress at it grows into a seedling. They even write pen pal letters and send pictures of their plants to children at other participating child care sites. This reinforces the lessons with their peers and builds interpersonal skills in the process.
(Check back soon for more updates and get a sneak peak at the some of the other activities planned for 2017!)