Spoons Recipe Days, our program for 4th graders, is taught once a month for 8 months. In each session, children use their food discovery skills and developing food curiosity, honed in our 1st-3rd grade programs, to explore more complex flavors, recipes, and concepts. Activities are presented in a fun, hands-on manner with opportunities to learn kitchen skills, kitchen science, and food origins. In each session, children;
- Discover and explore the elements of taste and are encouraged to use descriptive words in discussing their observations.
- Taste the individual ingredients in a selected recipe and use their increasingly complex vocabulary to share their reactions.
- Learn about the nutritious aspects of the ingredients and any local, seasonal and cultural elements of the dish.
- Prepare and eat the recipe together learning food preparation skills to gain confidence in the that will enable them to participate in mealtime preparation at home.
After each session, children are write and/or draw a reflection in their journals and are given a family newsletter with activities, suggestions for further reading, and a copy of the highlighted monthly recipe.
Lessons connect to classroom curricular goals, including STEM, and COMMON CORE Learning Standards.