But I’ve thought for awhile now that it was time to bring all the why and how together and follow an intentional plan to teach them traditional cooking techniques along with nutrition and health. So, this past August I sat down and coordinated Kristin Michaelis’ Real Food Nutrition and Health book with the corresponding sessions of the Gnowfglins eCourses, dividing them into units we could do weekly.
I made parallel lesson plans for Peanut (6) and Monkey Boy (3), using Real Food Nutrition For Kids, and coordinating several books I’ve used in the past for a unit on nutrition and health in a co-op setting.
Then, our schedule changed and I wasn’t able to fit it all in when I thought I would, so it was put off all fall. Now, we’re finally digging into it! We’re only on our second week, but so far they’re all loving it!
The first thing that the Dancer (14), Karate Kid (12), and I did was discuss exactly what “real food” is and why it matters. Does it have to be labeled “organic”? Where do you find it? At the grocery store? A farm? And what’s our motivation for eating this way?
Resources we used:
- Lesson 1 of Gnowfglins Fundamentals eCourse
- Chapter 1 of Real Food Nutrition and Health by Kristin Michaelis at Food Renegade
- Chapter 1 discussion guide and blog post (you can read more about the study Wardeh did of Kristin’s book here)
- Eat Healthfully But Not Just For Health
After a brief look at what traditional food cultures can tell us, we’re going to take a look at healthy fats and oils and how to properly use them, and hopefully learn how to make ghee! As we get further into the lessons, the kids will be involved in actually learning techniques for traditional food preparation and doing plenty of hands-on kitchen work that we’ll share with you each week!
By the time we’re through I’m hoping my kids will be “real food experts”, well-equipped to help with anything I need in the kitchen, aware of why we eat the way we do, and able handle the task of feeding their own families well some day! We’d love to have you join us on our journey!
Day 2 of the 5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop: