This quarter Mondays and Thursdays have 5 foods and nutrition classes. My goal this fall for these “Fall Foods” classes is to focus on seasonally available foods, the impact our food choices have on the health of our planet, our economy and our bodies. Our work each day is guided by a question is may be something like.. What is a serving?… Will the food we make taste as good as what my parents make?… Is there a nutritional advantage to locally raised foods?… I want students to both develop food preparation skills and think critically about the choices they make.
Wednesday brings this quarter’s only Snack Shack section. Students in Snack Shack have started slowly working so far to determine menu and pricing. This student run, teacher directed snack food business offers snacks ranging in price from $.50 to $1.00. After a soft opening next Wednesday the group will work to market their products. Following Snack Shack are 4 once a week Foods classes. A once a week class does not offer the detail and has less time for reflection as basic food preparation skills are developed.
Tuesday and Friday classes shift the focus from the kitchen space to the other parts of the classroom. On these mornings students explore the question “What inspires you?” as they learn to express themselves with fabric. Creating with Fabric projects vary from quick one or two class options to one of a kind pieces that take an entire quarter. A positive experience is emphasized as much as the specific skills for self-expression.
Friday afternoons are one of my favorite parts of my week. Each Friday the middle school students in my Kids and Company classes host preschool children from the community. I have the opportunity to watch my middle school students engage our preschool visitors in the activities they planned during class on Tuesday. A Kids and Co. moment I never tire of witnessing is to see RMS students going beyond themselves as they connect and care for young children.
As the school year progresses class offerings will shift. Each 6th grade student will spend one period a week in a health related class covering communication skills, decision making, self care, safety and first aid and nutrition.