Our third class session brought a lesson about SUGAR. Wowsers... what a powerful session this was.
We talked about:
The parents seem genuinely pleased with the subject matter... even though my 4-6th graders can be a bit extreme with their implementation desires of their newly obtained knowledge. I am honored to be teaching these kids and impacting these families in a positive and albeit hard way. Sugar is a pandemic addiction issue in our country and I want it to stop!
I am nowhere near perfect in no consuming sugar... but I do know I am lightyears closer to a healthy intake, if you can call any intake of sugar healthy.
Our second class session brought a conversation and study about people who lived 100+ years ago. We talked about:
It is really good to study the history of nutrition. Not so much the evolution of it, although that it frighteningly important, but how it has changed and whether or not those changes have been for the better.
We also made smoothies.
Today was the first day of school at our homeschool co-op.
I was honored to be asked to teach our 4th-6th graders about NUTRITION & HEALTH.
There was no real "agenda" today. I wanted to take this day and get to know the kids. To get a feel for what they know about nutrition in the form of fruits, veggies, "healthy", and things of that nature. After introductions I started having them list things like:
Least favorite THING (in general)
Man! Those kids came up with a long list of fruit with no problem. The veggies on the other hand... that took some time. I even switched to just listing veggies because no one really claimed any as their "favorite". I wasn't surprised. Veggies aren't as delectable as sweet, juicy fruit.
After an hour together we split up for them to go to worship for 30 mins and then PE for 30 mins.
When we came back together, they ate their snacks and I read to them from our guide book:
Nutrition Facts for Kids: Teaching Children the Facts About Nutrition
I had them list some more things for me:
We discussed a natural alternative to soda called ZEVIA. My son took the lead on this topic and shared all about this wonderful discovery- a natural soda.
We discussed why Gatorade is NEVER a good choice (chemicals, neuro-toxic dyes, multiple types of processed sugar- including HFCS, empty calories, zero nutrients, etc). We talked about how you can get the coveted electrolytes from other sources like coconut water, juicing/ eating: celery, apple, lemon, etc. We discussed why it's so important that you put the GOOD stuff in you- because it literally becomes you!
Then, we headed over to the kitchen to make juice. Legit juice with a Breville juicer. I had some of the students peel the apples while I sliced the cucumber and lemon. I explained a little about how the juicer works (more details for them to come on that later in the semester) and then had a few of them help me add the ingredients to the juicer to juice.
Day 1 Juice = "Lemonade"
**5 medium apples, 1/2 large lemon, 1/2 large cucumber, 1 cup fresh kale**
Each of the students said it was good and had two sample cups worth!
This evening I got a text from one of the moms. Her son had been telling them about the class and was trying to suggest an alternative after sport drink... you know, because Gatorade is the devil. 😉 He couldn't remember the name but knew it started with "Z". I informed this mom that "Zevia" was the alternative to soda and that coconut water was the alternative after sport drink because of it's electrolyte content. She also said he son loved the juice- even with the kale in it. She shared he's not a great veggie eater and eluded to the fact that they might need to invest in a juicer. 💚 Later I received a Facebook message from another mom: "K.A. had so much fun in class. Not many people could get him to try something new like that and he said it was really good. K.A.'s the picky eater of our family so if he likes these healthy drinks- recipes please!" Yet another mom shared her elation with me. Her son has been told, for year, that HFCS is bad for you but he would still push pack a bit (pre-teens do that). Well, after our 1st day, he was telling his mom- ON HIS OWN- that HCFS is bad for you. Amen!
All in all, I'm calling this day without an agenda a WIN.
Coral's journey through her first year as a legit teacher of multiple students. Praise God it's still in a homeschool co-op environment.