Take a Taste with Spoons

Take a Taste with Spoons has been expanded from 1-session to 3-sessions!

This food and nutrition literacy program for 3rd graders promotes the importance of sharing meals with friends and family, celebrating fresh, local, and seasonal food, expanding one’s tastes, and encouraging children to eat healthy, tasty foods. Each 1-hour lesson focuses upon a different theme- elements of taste, healthy beverages, and nutritious snacks- providing opportunities for students to eat, cook, and share food with their classmates. At the end of each lesson, students are provided with a recipe to share with their families, as well as sample “conversation starters” to encourage eating together around the table.

Take a Taste with Spoons: Apple Tasting

How are the lessons in Take a Taste lessons implemented?
Spoons trained curriculum leaders and volunteers work with a designated classroom once a week for 3 weeks, providing a consistent presence for each of the lessons. Classroom teachers are invited to attend the trainings, to support integration of lessons into their curriculum. They will also be provided with extension activities to extend the learning beyond the 3 lessons.

Who is eligible for Take a Taste with Spoons?
3rd graders in NYC public schools. Use this link to apply online. Application deadline is July 11, 2014. Schools will be chosen and notified by the end of July. If there are additional spaces are available we will post opportunities. Please note: If you are not chosen to participate in Take a Taste with Spoons or do not wish to apply, you are still eligible to apply for our other programs. Please indicate interest online.

What does my school pay for?
most cases nothing. Spoons Across America makes every effort to supply a full curriculum including any additional materials needed. We work closely with each school to ensure that handouts or optional extended learning activities requiring photocopying, or a few small supplies, are available.

I am not a NYC public school, how do I bring Take a Taste with Spoons to my students?
Contact us for information.

Volunteer Information
This 3-session program will be implemented in classrooms across NYC from May 1 – June 15. Students explore the elements of taste and create snacks to enjoy at school and at home. Volunteers are partnered with a SAA Curriculum Leader, assisting in a one-hour class once a week for 3 weeks in each classroom to which you are assigned. Commitment to all 3 sessions in a particular classroom(s) is strongly preferred, but if you only able to volunteer once or twice, please sign up as well.

Volunteer Training Dates TBA

To volunteer, contact annie@spoonsacrossamerica.org for more information. Please specify the program of interest and neighborhood preference. Are you a current Spoons volunteer? Contact us to participate this year.

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