Our Grades Classes have been studying farming over the last month as one of their academic blocks. Blocks last three to four weeks to provide time for students to fully digest and assimilate the material. They have been studying the workings of a farm, where food comes from and behaviors and patterns of the animals on the farm.
In addition to their classroom studies they have had the great opportunity to visit the Last Organic Outpost each Friday during the school day to experience their academics first hand. The Last Organic Outpost, located in Houston's Fifth Ward, generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston's under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all.
The children spend their mornings sifting mulch to extract dirt to create a new "kale mountain," a form that rises up in the center of the farm what will soon be covered with fresh growing kale. They feed the horses and harvest cilantro, mesclun and other winter greens. And along the way find small surprises like frogs! This hands on outdoor experience with their peers builds comradery and an understanding of the importance of building sustainability and where our food really comes from.
We would like to thank Farmer Joe for working with our children.
Last week in the spirit of Thanksgiving and all its autumn-vegetable and pumpkin-spice-flavored love, our Sweet Peas Kindergarten Class built a fire and roasted their own sweet potatoes on it. The children loved gathering kindling and watching the fire as it grew large enough to roast their potatoes. Sweet potatoes were enjoyed by both the Sweet Peas Kindergarten and Sunflower Garden Nursery classes. It was an exciting morning!
The following day they took a fresh pumpkin which had been the centerpiece of their nature table and peeled it, cooked it and turned it into a delicious pumpkin pie. They did not use the grain free crust but otherwise followed this recipe below from Wellness Mama. To top it off the children whipped cream and then added in a tiny amount of maple syrup with a hint of vanilla. Delicious!
In time for Thanksgiving, gather your children into the kitchen to make this wonderful recipe below. We are thankful to all of those who make Bayou Village School a unique and magical place to send our children to school each day. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Grain Free Pumpkin Pie
Author: Wellness Mama
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Welcome to Bayou Village School's Blog! We wanted to kick off our blog with a post about healthy lunches and healthy eating. It's always great to get new ideas about what we can send our children off to school with.
At the forefront of Waldorf Education and here at Bayou Village School is our focus on health and nutrition. It comprises so much of our behavior and how we feel. The children in some of the classes prepare their snacks each day and we ask that foods sent from home are minimally processed. One of the biggest testaments to our community and its love of whole, nutritious food is seen during our community potlucks held on celebration days. There you see organic salads, quinoa dishes, beautiful homemade breads and delicious herbal teas made by families from our school.
Our Kindergarten teacher Ms. Tina recently sent an email with a few healthy school lunch options for inspiration. We thought we'd share them here, along with a sweet rhyme the children are learning!
When packing your child’s lunch, send a variety of foods but not too much. Children enjoy variety, but get overwhelmed if there are too many choices.
Main course item
- small bean and cheese burrito
- chicken and cheese sandwich
- almond butter sandwich with fruit spread or honey
- slices of cheese and salami with crackers
- leftover spaghetti/pasta salad
- hummus and pita bread
- hard boiled egg
- tuna salad with crackers or celery sticks
- carrot sticks
- cherry tomatoes
- sliced cucumber
- celery sticks
- sugar snap peas
- apple slices
- melon balls
- orange slices
- pineapple wedges
- dried apricots
Miscellaneous treat - put in sparingly
- fruit sweetened yogurt
- trail mix
- fruit leather
The following finger puppet story was a favorite this past week:
One little apple hanging on a tree,
It fell down and bumped my knee!
Another little apple as rosy as a rose,
It fell down and bumped my nose!
Another little apple, ripe and sweet,
It fell down and bumped my feet! I
t rolled and rolled nearly to my house,
Where it was spotted by a tiny little mouse.
“This yummy apple will make a fine meal,”
And he munch munch munched it, even the peel.
Finger puppets are wonderful for children and nimble fingers are indicators of clear speech. Finger movements are centered in the same part of the brain as speech. What a lovely support of early literacy and language development!
Happy healthy lunch packing and thanks Ms.Tina!
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