Teach children about the different parts of a plant with a pre-snack science exploration and a reading of A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds.
Photo courtesy: Emily Hart

In this issue:
  • Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day, October 18th
  • Farm to Preschool at the NAEYC Conference, Nov. 20-23, 2013
  • Supplies for Science Exploration
  • Book Recommendation: A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

October 18th is Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day!

In 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between children and local food. Each day of the month will feature a different theme, and on October 18th, we're celebrating Farm to Preschool! Farm to Preschool includes the full spectrum of child care delivery: preschools, Head Start, center-based, programs in K-12 school districts, and family home care facilities.

Consider hosting an event or activity on October 18th to celebrate Farm to Preschool. Activities could include:

  • Serving local food in a snack or as part of a meal
  • Highlighting a locally grown food product with a cooking class for children or a demonstration
  • Planning a trip to a local farm, farmers' market, or u-pick, or having a farmer visit your classroom
  • Starting a school garden or planning an extra special activity in the garden

More resources will be available in the coming months at www.farmtoschoolmonth.org. But it's not too early to start planning! Toddle Inn Saco, a preschool in Saco, Maine, received a Farm to School Month planning grant and will be taking preschoolers on field trips to a local dairy and apple orchard. After the field trips, children will return to the classroom to make butter and applesauce. Yum!

Save the Date! NAEYC's 2013 Annual Conference & Expo, Nov. 20-23

This November, the National Association for the Education of Young Children will be hosting their annual conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will feature two Farm to Preschool presentations by national leaders:

  1. Farm to Preschool: Going local--connecting culture, climate, and food into classroom and garden activities, and
  2. Got veggies? How to connect your early childhood curriculum to local farms and farmers while improving your science curriculum and your students' eating habits.

Register before September 27th to receive Early Bird rates.

Supplies for Science Exploration and Discovery

Trays, scales, tweezers, and a magnifying glass can make for fun, positive exposures to fruits and vegetables. The equipment pictured here can be purchased through www.lakeshorelearning.com, and more information about implementing farm to preschool activities can be found in the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute's training manual.

Book Recommendation: A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

As summer fruit begins to show up in gardens, markets, snacks, and meals, help children understand why foods like tomatoes are actually a fruit with this simple, illustrated picture book. This book also serves as a perfect precursor to a fruit dissection and tasting activity, pictured above.
By Jean Richards, illustrated by Anca Hariton.

Don't Forget!

Visit our website for tons of Farm to Preschool resources and information. You can also submit your own events, news, or materials: farmtopreschool.org

 

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