A monthly food and literacy program for 2nd grade children
Throughout the course of 8 monthly sessions, Spoons trained educators read a food-related storybook and lead a tasting and curriculum activity.
Spoons Across America’s curriculum continues in the 2nd grade with Farm to Book®. This program, taught monthly for the entire school year, gives children the opportunity to further explore new and unfamiliar tastes. Using Children’s literature – both fiction and nonfiction – children also learn about the source of their food – how it is produced, grown, and transported from farm to table, making these concepts accessible and fun for young children.
- These picture books focus on a range of culinary, health, and agriculture related topics including local and seasonal foods, information about plants (parts of a plant, how a seed grows), foods of different cultures, and nutrition.
- In every session children have the opportunity to smell, taste, and talk about new and unfamiliar foods: inspiring them to become adventurous eaters and develop curiosity about taste, and where their food is grown.
- Each session includes a tasting component as well as an additional hands-on activity that connects to current Common Core Learning Standards.
At the end of each session, children receive a journal page for writing and drawing as well as a family newsletter containing recipes, activities and information related to the food highlighted in that month’s book.