C5 Family Food Experiences Bring More Diversity in the Classroom Throughout the Year

Parents pick one day in the year and bring in food to fix for children or with them and to help them to experience a variety of cultures

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.

Our infants are building a strong foundation for early literacy skills at a young age.  The very basics are being practiced throughout the day: holding a book, turning its pages, and watching their teachers reading from left-to-right.  They are beginning to understand how books “work,” how they connect the reader, and how they relate to the listener when read out loud.  When a book is read to them, the infants are developing the cognitive skills required to connect sounds into words and words into meaning.  When they listen to the reader’s changing tone, rhythm patterns, voice inflection, and repeating phrasing, they are learning how language is formed and an essential element of communication.  Infants who are exposed to books, reading, and story-telling at an early age are more likely to develop strong communication skills and a love of books as they get older.  Learn more about our Infant Program.