Classroom Experiences | Kindergarten - Grade 1
If you are using the K1 Food Explorers program in the 2019-2020 school year, you are eligible to apply for a mini food grant*!
Using the Food Explorers program, please tell us how you will use food experience to enhance your K1 nutrition education program. Tell us which recipes you plan to explore from package A or B. No need to reinvent the wheel; consult your K1 teacher guide for ideas or tell us about your own plan. We want a clear picture of which foods you will be using and how it ties to specific lessons in Food Explorers.
Unsure what to include in your application? We have an example below of what you could include in your mini food grant.
*Please note that this grant is modest and is intended for educational purposes. It is in no way intended for, or capable of, addressing food security concerns. The amount of food you make it NOT intended to feed the class a meal, rather a sampling of food.
If you do not currently use the K1 Food Explorers program here's how you can get the program for your class:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Tips to build a successful application
Be sure to mention how you will use one or more of the following key nutrition principles:
- Use a neutral approach with food: There is a great deal of research to support using a neutral approach and exposure to food, rather than identifying foods as “good”, “bad” or “junk”. Food is one of the great pleasures in life and if we label foods, we may set the stage for unintended negative consequences.
- Avoid using food as a reward: There is good evidence to show the benefit of avoiding the use of bribes to encourage good behaviour.
- Offer opportunities to taste without pressure: When it comes to food in the classroom, it’s a good idea to allow all children an equal opportunity to taste, without pressure to have "just one bite." Let each child decide if he/she will taste a food or not.
- Use commonly available foods: Exploring affordable and readily available foods further strengthens nutrition education. There are lots of recipes and ideas in the K1 manual that teachers have successfully introduced in the classroom.
- Use age-appropriate activities: As with any other subject, using age-appropriate activities support behaviour change and life-long learning. The Food Explorers program provides K-1 children with hands-on experiences and pressure-free opportunities to taste a variety of foods. Experiential, hands-on learning is appropriate for this age. Content such as food classification and reading labels is important, but is best suited for older students.
Consult your teacher guide for more on the above principles and always feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can the food be used to help feed hungry children at my school?
Unfortunately, this grant is modest and is intended for educational purposes. It is in no way intended for, or capable of, addressing food security concerns. You are never expected to feed your classroom an entire meal. Food experience and exposure to food, even in small amounts, is beneficial.