We find our special kinder-cooks to be a special crowd and with this in mind we designed a seasonal series book club designed to plant food seeds in their little minds and help teach them more about food while still holding their attention and evoking smiles and laughter. It’s so important to instill respect for food at a young age, engaging kids about their thoughts and believes, exposing them to new foods and ideas, what it means for food to be whole and real versus processed goods, and so on, so that they grow up better apt to handle the world that surrounds them and themselves within it. In the book class we’ll read the book, One Watermelon Seed” together as a group as a platform for talking about the watermelon, engaging the kids as well with live music and songs to accompany the reading. Then we’ll move along and talk about what we learned from the book from the kids growing their own garden to harvesting their own fruits and vegetables and about fruits and vegetables in general! We’ll talk about what this means to them! They’ll learn about the watermelon, where it comes from, what it tastes like, why they are so nice in the summer, and what makes them a fruit, to name a few things. We’ll top off the whole class by making some easy, hands-on dishes using watermelon, teaching them about basic food preparation, showing them how it’s fun to cook and eat fruits and vegetables and then enjoy it all together! From “One Watermelon Seed” watch your child learn and grow up loving watermelon!
Recipes: Watermelon Lime Granita, Watermelon Feta Mint Salad
Class Type: Kinder-cooks Ages 3-5 years, reading and hands on cooking
Class Notes: A seasonal book club for our kinder-cooks, students take a copy of the book home.
Suzy Scherr is a professional chef and culinary instructor who specializes in making delicious and nutritious food fun and accessible. Since 1997, Suzy has cooked for and taught both adults and kids to make creative, healthy meals, introducing students to new products, unfamiliar ingredients and unique ways to use everyday items. Suzy’s method of cooking instruction and food education is designed to inspire confidence, creativity and curiosity in students of all ages. Suzy is a graduate of Occidental College and The Institute of Culinary Education. She has developed recipes and curricula for a variety of organizations, including Brainfood, an after-school culinary arts program for teens, which she founded in 1997.
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