Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Candy, planting, and vacation planning

Candy, planting, and vacation planning

Happy Halloween! Lots of teachers dread this time of the year as they fight to keep kids focused on lessons and, on the morning after Halloween, deal with students who stay up too late and then decide to cart their entire bag of treats into the classroom for non-stop snacking.  I, however, look forward to […]

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Preserving Foods with Kids

Preserving Foods with Kids

Food preservation – freezing, canning, drying, pickling, and such – always seemed a daunting task to me; certainly, too intimidating to take into a classroom of kids. Those food safety fears recently led me straight into a California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom workshop where we learned CFAITC is developing a unit for teachers […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

Now that school is back in full-swing, weekend schedules are getting crowded. This past weekend I planned to attend the annual Electricity Fair in Folsom and California’s Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento and didn’t get to either one thanks to family errands that ate up our time. I did scratch out time to sift […]

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Turning Food into Art

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Turning Food into Art

We ran into Chef Ray L. Duey at the Multicultural Festival in Elk GrovGrove, California this past weekend and spent several minutes at the Kaiser-Permanente booth mesmerized by his artwork with fruits and vegetables. Chef Ray, of Lodi, Calif., has won awards for his work, been to the White House, and competed on the Food Network. […]

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Going Out for Ice Cream

Going Out for Ice Cream

Several years ago, I heard nutrition consultant Jim Painter speak at a teacher conference. I don’t remember a lot from that talk, except that he was a fun speaker, his business card said he worked for Sun-Maid Growers of California, and he gave us some advice about eating ice cream. He said he eats ice […]

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