"We first make our habits, then our habits make us." John Dryden
Here at The Sala, we place an emphasis on food and it holds a regular place in our curriculum. Here's why:
Instill Important Habits
To love ourselves, we need to take care of ourselves. Research results are always the same: proper nutrition enables the body and the brain to grow. If proper nutrition is lacking this can lead to behavioural disorders as well as a propensity towards being overweight or obese in adulthood; so a poor diet can lead to a multitude of health and confidence problems.
A Skill for Life
A love of real food, where it comes from, and how to prepare it provides the best possible start in life. It enables children to make informed decisions about the food they eat in the future. It allows them to cook and prepare and share their knowledge with others - their family, friends, community. What is more important and empowering than that?
Research indicates that kinesthetic learning results in increased learning outcomes for all students, whether they are primary kinesthetic learners or not. Preparing food is not only kinesthetic but also appealing to all of the senses, leaving a deeper imprint on the memory of the chef; this is why food lends itself nicely to description as sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are all primed during the process. Questions can be asked throughout: How does this feel? What do you think this will taste like? How can you make this sweet? What colour will these two ingredients create? What sound is this making? What is happening to the mixture now? Endless discussions and experiments can be held throughout the whole process.
The Value of Homegrown Skills
Homegrown produce is yet another way to stimulate learning by providing a scientific project with an important purpose and outcome. Moreover, gardening is becoming a skill that is increasing in importance as pesticide use continues to increase, the food industry manipulates foods and food sources become less and less transparent as the human population increases and resources become more and more stretched.
Food for Thought
educate every child about food
The Sala kids create delicious food!
The Sala will soon have an organic garden lovingly attended by the children.