Food and Nutrition
Food and nutrition is an important aspect of ABC and its curriculum. The Snack Pack, a group of teacher volunteers, research nutrition, create our healthy eating policies and also help devise our snack menus. These menus are posted in each kitchen. Typical snack foods are cut vegetables, fruit smoothies, oatmeal with applesauce, and much more.
We help children establish healthy eating habits, learn to say please and thank you and learn self regulation through serving themselves. We focus on family style mealtimes that are pleasant occasions where the staff sit and eat with the children, modeling appropriate practices and behaviors. Conversation is encouraged.
ABC offers breakfast from 7:00 with the final serving at 7:50. In addition, ABC provides a warm, catered lunch and nutritious snacks in the afternoon. Menus of our lunches and snacks are posted in our preschool.
ABC All About Children Preschool is a Green Flag certified preschool!
Green Flag (Grön Flagg) is an eco-school initiative and is a pedagogically based eco-certification. Green Flag is built on childrens’ natural inquisitiveness and creativity. Green Flag certification and recertification occurs in cycles lasting from 1-2 years. At the beginning of each cycle, the school chooses three to four key themes to focus on during that cycle. For the current cycle, ABC
has chosen three new themes and one follow-up theme (composting).
Our Green Flag Development Goals until December 2016 are:
We currently have recycling bins in one of the kitchens, but the aim of this goal is to create a pedagogically based recycling regime at the school.
Our main objective is student development. We will be implementing water saving measures at the school, but our primary gauge for success will be to be to develop the students’ knowledge and skills develop within the broader theme.
Lifestyle and Health
At the classroom level, this is all about reinforcing the idea that some things are healthy for people/the environment and some things are bad for people/the environment.
This development goal is an opportunity to bring the school’s work in the areas of health, hygiene and healthy eating together with our environmental profile.
This is a development goal that has been carried over from last year. During the 2015/2016 school year, we made leaps and bounds toward meeting this goal. We have now begun throwing morning snack remnants in a special compost bin in the school. The bin is emptied each day by a classroom’s special helpers.
GreenDrop Strategies (Kara Fairchild) BIO
GreenDrop Strategies is a micro environmental coordination business passionate about “bridging the gap” between micro, small and medium companies and the environment.
Started in 2013 by Kara Fairchild, a human ecologist, GDS focuses on providing hands-on, personal service in order to help businesses successfully implement environmental goals and projects. GDS’ field of expertise includes green project management, communication, education, water footprint assessment, CSR and sustainable development.
We work continuously with an ecological approach by recycling paper, cardboard, glass, bulbs batteries, etc.
ABC Preschool is dedicated to utilizing the principles of HighScope in order to:
foster an active pattern of environmental stewardship highlight the interconnected relationship shared by humans with natural environments and ecosystems.
At ABC Preschool, teachers and staff are dedicated to making sure that caring for“Mother Nature” is part of our daily routine. The curriculum at ABC incorporates age appropriate examples of key sustainable development themes, such as environmental equality and environmental responsibility.
For example, students learn to actively compost in all classrooms, as well as to use creative, open ended play using recycled (free & found) materials. Students also learn the importance of “pitching in” during our annual Litter Clean-up Day each year. Outside the classroom, ABC Preschool is dedicated to showing care to our planet through our choice of products and services. School snacks provided to the students are organic whenever possible. Our cleaning cupboards are stocked with environmentally friendly cleaning materials, and we have selected an environmentally responsible cleaning company.