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During this week’s Think Tank session with Gabby, our atelierista and nutritionist, the children were able to encounter radishes as part of our “Food as a Language” study. Many of the children were unfamiliar with this vegetable, but they enjoyed the process of exploring its characteristics.
We discussed the following:
- Was it hard or soft?
- What color is it? The outside was red, the inside white, and some of them had a small red dot on the inside! What a pleasant surprise!
- What is the long, small piece on it? The children referred to it as “the stick”
- How many pieces can you hold in your hand?
- What size is it? Small or big? Pieces, whole, etc.
The children came in one morning and decided they needed to “make milk.” We first asked the children what they needed to make milk. They began listing a few ingredients and things:
- “A Cow” (this shows that the children know where milk comes from)
Every week we allow our children to explore food in many ways. They observe texture, shape, color, smell and sometimes taste. This week we explored two different foods. You will notice the children’s enthusiasm for the experience! These experiences allow for a greater understanding of food and create a learning opportunity out of something we do every day: eat!
The Reggio Emilia philosophy includes having nature as the third teacher, so this week we introduced the eggplant in the lunchroom and classroom! Eggplant is something new on our current menu. Since this is a new food for most of us, we are introducing it not only in the lunchroom, but in the classrooms as well. We want the children to experience it in many ways, so that when they see it in the lunchroom, they will be more open to trying it.
Thank you to all the families that brought in beets for the class exploration! We used them in a variety of ways throughout the past few weeks.
Using fresh fruit and vegetables in the classroom allows the children to become familiar with all of their characteristics. They become familiar with the names of the fruit/vegetable, they learn how to eat it, how to grow it, as well as concepts that support literacy and mathematics. It’s during this familiarization that picky eaters start expanding their palates and trying different foods.