June 5, 2014

Endings & Beginnings

“I am an ordinary person who was been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.” – Sonia Sotomayor (First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice)

“Education is that the whole system of human training within and without the school house walls which molds and developed men.” – W.E.B. Du Bois (First African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard)

The last days of school signal the beginning of the summer break.  Learning will continue outside the school walls, as Du Bois says, but learning needs to continue. As I complete my first whole school year working at Kids On Course, I see a big transformation in many of the students. Compared to the beginning of the year, they show more confidence and ask more questions. Sometimes they  share their ideas and if we are lucky, even their dreams. (more…)

March 6, 2014

Picky eaters and Dinosaur Kale

“Many kids can tell you about drugs but do not know what celery or courgettes taste like” – Jamie Oliver

Food. Food is so important in our daily lives, even more so for kids. The type of food they eat will affect their life-long eating habits, and thus their health. Despite having a great variety of food around us, we still have picky eaters. So, how do you convince picky eaters to try something new?

The Wacky Snacks class presents food to the 16 kids in a very unique way. First, the kids learn the name. They fall in love with names like “Dinosaur Kale.” Then they touch the food, smell it, make comments about it, and they learn where it comes from. In addition, they learn other “funny” facts about the food (who would think that a banana could float?). (more…)