Every family takes a turn during the school year and brings in amazing food that represents their family fare routinely and/or culturally. A wide range of foods that are prepared to taste or ingredients to process with or for the children are the norm. Each family signs up for their 15-20 minute session at the beginning of the school year and conducts the session with their child’s learning group or classroom. All 145 families take a turn. Most classrooms also cook on their own and explore various foods a number of times during the school year.
We enthusiastically encourage families to fully embrace holidays that are meaningful to them outside of our program and facilities.
Within the program, it is difficult to equitably treat each holiday that families might want to acknowledge. Our initial research showed over 3,000 special days, events, and holidays.
However, we do celebrate each child’s birthday and key milestones and endings of projects and significant explorations. Those events usually include special planning, presentations, displays, demonstrations, decorations, food, music, singing, parents, visitors, and extended family members.
In addition, many of our other special events include celebrations and are part of our annual program, such as: Summer Book & Box; Winter Cultural Highlights; Fall Family Festival; Festival of Learning Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Exhibits, Public Demonstrations, and Gala Evening Party; Family Food Experiences, Potlucks; and, Costume Days.
We hope that your holidays are full, frequent, and rewarding!