EMEI creates a vegetable garden and takes children to fairs to encourage healthy eating — City Hall

To scale back waste and encourage healthy eating, DRE Itaquera’s EMEI trainer Susana Evangelina Felipe is creating a mission on the faculty that features a vegetable garden and even visits to fairs. The “Healthy Food” mission emerged from academics’ observations of meals waste and children’s resistance to eating sure kinds of meals. Thinking about meals schooling for younger children, the proposal got here to work the theme contained in the classroom, with actions that cowl totally different curricular parts.

“It’s a course of. There are some children who’re extra resistant, however others, who earlier than didn’t even need to eat new meals, now settle for it”, mentioned trainer Vania Costa.

The first step was to plant a vegetable garden on the faculty. Teachers and children make a mattress and plant arugula, lettuce, chives, cilantro and radishes. Then they make a remark e book to monitor the expansion of the greens. Children develop and harvest whereas greens sprout and style.

The crew additionally planted beans on cotton and cherry tomatoes on espresso pods. Often college students are launched to new meals and requested to guess which fruit is inside a shock field, simply by feeling it.

Walking the honest

In order for the little ones to study extra about meals, the thought was to take them to the neighborhood road market. Before the go to, within the classroom, the trainer agreed together with her college students to purchase meals to put together a fruit salad. They then counsel what they need to purchase for that recipe.

Before taking the category, the college administration goes to the place to discuss to some distributors and warn them in regards to the younger guests. During the tour, they noticed fruits and greens, felt the scent, texture, and verified the totally different shapes and colours of every. On this event, as well as to meals schooling, different curricular parts have been additionally labored on, comparable to arithmetic, for the reason that children counted and may deal with cash underneath the supervision of the trainer.

The go to was made with the presence of two guardian moms, assistant director, academics Vanya and Lysia and an intern. Back at college, the scholars illustrated the meals they purchased whereas the trainer, in partnership with the dad or mum moms, lower the fruit to put together the salad. Then the youthful ones helped to combine.

“When a little one develops good eating habits from childhood, it lasts a lifetime. We need to present this significant expertise as a result of it’s one thing they’ll always remember. Furthermore, once they purchase this behavior at college, they’ll take it dwelling”, added trainer Vania.


Teachers work with children to plant bushes so that they know the supply of meals and the idea of sustainability, exhibiting that some greens might be planted utilizing roots as an alternative of being thrown within the trash. Recycled by planting cherry tomatoes in espresso capsules utilizing shredded paper. Each little one planted his and when he sprouted, they took him dwelling. Students additionally realized about compost used on building websites, which is made out of meals scraps that might in any other case go to waste.

Besides having enjoyable whereas planting, children additionally perceive that it’s mandatory to domesticate and perceive photosynthesis. To illustrate this second course of, the trainer performed an experiment: they planted two beans, one that might obtain daylight and the opposite that might not, so the scholars may see how every would develop. They study hands-on in regards to the wants of greens and how to look after them.

Other classes inside EMEI are additionally conducting related actions to develop healthy eating habits. They are launched to new meals, they will deal with them, they make drawings. Everyone visits the garden and takes care in order that when the harvest comes, they’ll know these new greens.

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