As always, we began this Carrot Sticks with another introduction of myself, Rileigh, and Leah to the classes of kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes when we met at our designated times. The students remembered us and were very very excited to see us again this week. Most of the students entered the pavilion, outside, and immediately started asking questions about what they were going to learn about today and what type of smoothie were they going to try today. This made all 3 of us really happy. I’m especially happy about this because it really makes me think that what we’re educating these children on, is actually sticking. They’re really becoming interested in different food cultures and learning about different fruits in the process.
This week we decided to go along with our Asia theme and introduce the country of Vietnam to the students. We had maps of the continent of Asia on each table, approximately 2 students to each map. We asked them if they could point out Vietnam on the map and if they ever heard of the country Vietnam. Most students heard of Vietnam but, very few could point out the country on the map we provided. We asked the class as a whole if they had ever eaten Vietnamese foods or knew of any examples of Vietnamese foods. Most named common Asian foods like fried rice and noodles. But again, very few could be specific about the difference of Asian foods compared to Vietnamese foods. Then, we introduced the avocado to the classes.
In this part of the lesson, we asked if anyone knew what an avocado was, where it grew from, and if anyone ever ate an avocado before. This is where the children really got involved. My interpretation of it was, they really like the pronunciation of the word avocado. So, this seemed to really get them more involved. Plus, they knew us pretty well at this point so; no one was really shy about asking questions or answering our questions. Then, we showed them the MyPlate poster again. We asked them if they could tell us where avocados fit in on the poster. A lot of children thought avocados were vegetables. They were surprised to find out that they were fruit.
The next step we did was actually showing them what a sliced avocado looked like before being pitted. The children LOVED this part. We passed around an avocado whole so, they could feel how rough the outside of it was and how to smelled. As we passed around the fruit, we discussed the health benefits to the class. We talked about hydration, vitamin A, vitamin E, and potassium. I was happy to see that they remembered our talks about hydration in the past few weeks. They immediately knew that fruit helped when you were dehydrated. We also talked about the importance of whole grains and how whole grains were a normal meal in Vietnam. We asked the class to name some types of whole grains that they would eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our activity was a coloring page of a traditional noodle soup picture. This was to go over the importance of whole grains due to energy needs, growth purposes, etc. The other activity we had for the children was an ornament craft. It was a flag of Vietnam on one side and a place for the children to draw their own picture on the other side. Many of the students made them into purses and necklaces.
Our snack we provided for them while they worked on their activities was a pineapple cranberry avocado smoothie. It consisted of diced pineapples, avocados, cranberry juice, and a splash of orange juice. The children really liked the taste of it but, didn’t like the smell of it at first. This would be the only thing that I would’ve changed if I had the chance to do it all over again.
Overall though, I enjoyed the class again. The children really seem to be learning more and more each week so, that’s all I can really ask for 🙂