Walking Clubs are “Springing” Up All Over New Hampton

Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. Everything smells fresh and new and it is finally warm enough to get outside for some nice, long walks. I do cooking clubs once a month, but I was itching to do something to get the kids outside and moving. At New Hampton Middle School, I started a walking club for 6th grade students, and at St. Joe’s for 3rd-4th graders. Each club will go for six weeks, meeting once a week. I will be keeping track of how many miles we walk as a club, and at the end of six weeks, we will have a party to celebrate our success! Continue reading

Star Wars and Yoga

With the nice weather and school coming to an end in May, kids have definitely started to get spring fever. Many teachers are noticing their students are having trouble focusing during the day. This month, I wanted to do an activity with the kids that would help them re-focus their thoughts. I found a story online that incorporated Star Wars and Yoga. As a fan of the movies, I was excited to try this with the kids. Continue reading

Cooking Club Learns Healthy Snack Recipes

This month in cooking club, we focused on making healthy snacks. Previously, I had asked the kids what they wanted to make at the next cooking club. I presented them with a few options, one of my favorites being kale chips. To my surprise, a majority of the kids wanted to make kale chips. Some of the 4th graders at New Hampton remembered when I did a taste test in the beginning of the school and remembered enjoying them. Continue reading

Top 5 Lessons I Have Learned (so far) From Doing School Taste Tests

With Farm to School month in full swing, I have been doing taste tests to highlight local foods at St. Joe’s and the New Hampton public school. I started with doing a taste test of roasted pumpkin seeds using seeds from St. Joe’s school garden. From there I progressed to doing a variety of bell peppers and hummus at the public school. Once I had done my first taste tests at both the school I’m serving at, I decided to get a little more ambitious. One day, I decided it would be a great idea to do a kale chips taste test at the public school for the entire elementary and middle school! Although all of the taste tests I did have gone pretty well, there were some lessons I learned along the way…. Continue reading