a journal of our edible education

Dirt Day in Pre-K

Mrs. Webster’s Pre-K class recently enjoyed their day in the dirt.  Tables were placed just outside the classroom with a wheelbarrow full of soil and some buckets of water standing by.  One student, before the festivities, was overheard telling Mrs. Webster that he didn’t like getting dirty. Mrs. Webster just smiled.  Behold the power of mud.  It was no time before little hands and big imaginations dug in to create  oatmeal and chocolate milk, cookie dough and pizza pies.  Chocolate seemed to be a theme on the menu and it turns out everything tastes better with a garnish of grass clippings.

Dirt Day Pre K

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

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This is what fun looks like.

This is what fun looks like.

 

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It may seem that these children are only having fun, but there is an underlying lesson.  It’s a subtle message but one that is fundamental.  Soil is the source of all that we eat.  The sooner we can introduce this to children (even through play) the more likely they will value healthy real food and respect the process that brings it from that source to their table.  In the mean time, bon appetit!

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4 responses

  1. Michelle

    They had fun! And as a parent, I love all of the outside of the classroom learning that they do! Keep it up OJA!

    April 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  2. tcinqo

    Playing in the dirt as part of school?? This is absolute heaven for a child. I LOVE how OJA teachers think outside of the box to give their students a fun and essential education.

    April 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

  3. Dirt day? I love it!

    June 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

  4. Knowing where our food comes from is something everyone should learn… it’s not from a box or a can. So happy to see you introduce that in such a fun way to these little minds that will hopefully one day grow to appreciate and take care of our most precious resources.

    August 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

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