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Early Childhood Education

Cafeteria - At The Table
Host a taste test! Set up taste tests using local foods from the garden or grocery store to allow students to try new or unfamiliar foods. For clear instructions on how to conduct a taste test, follow these resources,  Guide to Taste Testing Local Foods in Schools by Vermont Feed, and  FoodCorps Basics Taste Test Guide . To promote student participation, hand out these cool farm to school stickers. 

 
Classroom - At Play
Learn How Plants Grow. Introduce to students the four key factors that help a plant grow by singing Sun, Soil, Water, and Air by Banana Slug String Band. Explore how various vegetables and fruits grow in the garden and enjoy fun activities through a series of lessons. https://growing-minds.org/preschool-lesson-plans/

 
Community - With Families and Caregivers
Promote and Enhance Parent and Family Engagement. Invite parents and family members to engage in gardening, cooking, and other food and agricultural-related activities. Encourage families to stop by a Connecticut  local farmers market to incorporate fresh local fruits and vegetables into their meals. Check out this resource on engaging families in Farm to ECE and learn how to use farm to ECE to engage families.

 
               
                Story Time!


https://growing-minds.org/documents/apple-tasting-preschool.pdf/
Monica Wellington's enticing story follows Annie, a busy apple farmer. She picks, counts, sorts, bakes tasty treats, and sells her best apples. 
 


https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/two-bite-club
Available in English and in Spanish. Parents or caregivers read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites, just like the characters in the story.



 

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