Current wellness approaches often overlook some of the most critical components of food education: the sensory, the social, and the communal aspects of eating. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how cooking and gardening engage children in a purposeful activity that nurtures their bodies and expands their minds. Specifically, I will share best practices for developing standards-aligned lessons for eating as learning based on a multisensory, multimodal, and multicultural approach: Eat-Read-Talk-Write. This classroom-tested pedagogical cycle extends to the school garden with suggested planting, growing, and harvesting activities.
Attendees will receive:
- A high-quality piece of literature and lesson planning template
- A teacher-tested cooking activity and kid-friendly tool
- Access to a Curricular Resource Guide