A Nutrition Lesson at Safeway!

In March, the kindergartners enjoyed the spring weather by taking a walking field trip to Safeway. They were delighted to share their knowledge about nutrition and to learn more about how a grocery store works. The tour began in the floral department where students identified many kinds of flowers. In the produce department, the children were excited to feel the mist and hear the thunder from the chilled vegetable bin. Here, they were able to try several samples including mandarin oranges, grapes and dried mango. The tour continued to the seafood deli, where everyone had the opportunity to feel a real fish! In the bakery kitchen, the children were very interested in the large oven and giant mixer where cupcakes and frosting are made. They even received a special treat from the baker -- cookies! Of course, after the cookies, the milk department was next. The children got to explore the inside of the refrigerator room where milk gallons are displayed and stored. On the way out of the store, Starbucks offered the students apple juice before their walk back to school. When asked about their favorite part of the trip, nearly everyone mentioned the samples!

Photo (below) highlights:

  • Feeling the chilly temperatures in the produce department
  • Naming as many vegetables as they could
  • The first of many samples from the generous workers at Safeway
  • Celebrating their "prize" (cuties)
  • Smelling herbs like mint and rosemary
  • Answering questions about nutrition
  • Feeling a fish at the seafood deli
  • Admiring the giant oven in the bakery

Little Bakers

As we continue our unit on nutrition, we have been participating in cooking projects every Friday with each project pertaining to one of the five food groups. Our first project fell in the vegetable realm -- salad making! Check out our pictures in an article below. The next project was making colorful fruit kabobs. Last week, we focused on the grains group. We read the story "Tony's Bread" by Tomie dePaola. In this story, Tony the baker wows the people of Milan with his delicious bread. Our students decided to try their hand at baking with fantastic results!

 

Mmm! Fresh from the oven! 

The students did a careful job measuring out the ingredients for this soda bread. For those of you who would like to make bread with your children at home, here is the very simple recipe we followed: 

INGREDIENTS

3 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Measure flour, salt and soda and mix together in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Stir, adding more buttermilk if needed; the dough should be soft, but not wet or sticky.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead just enough to bring the dough together. Turn it over and pat it into a round loaf about 1 1/2 inches high.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and cut a cross into the top of the loaf with a knife. Cut fairly deeply into the bread, being sure to cut all the way to the edges; this helps the bread to rise properly.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400°F and bake for another 30 minutes or until done. To test, tap the bread on the bottom. It will sound hollow when done.

    From The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

Happy Baking!

Eat Your Vegetables!

In order to truly get a taste of our nutrition unit, the students prepared salad for themselves and their classmates. While some students washed lettuce, others peeled carrots, diced beets, cut cucumbers and sliced tomatoes. After all that hard work, you wouldn't believe how many hungry children asked for second and even third helpings of vegetables!

Kindergarten Trip to the Nordic Center

In January, the kindergartners took a field trip to the Nordic Center here in Flagstaff. They were very eager to strap on skiis and give cross-country skiing their best shot! While there were many spills (adults included), everyone had a terrific time spending a beautiful day outdoors. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make this trip a success!

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