Yesterday, I wrote about teaching and the fact that we were learning about apples. Notice you did not see anything about apple painting in my lessons. When I was in grad school, I began looking at some of the projects that teachers typically do in class with foods. I decided that I needed to rethink this way of thinking. I cut way back on the items like this I did in class.
My first job in Orlando, I taught in a very low income area. All the children were on free or reduced lunch. Many struggled to put food on the table, or had to choose between buying food or paying the bills. I looked at the fact that I was feeding my students breakfast, lunch, and one (sometimes two) snacks.
This got me thinking… how can I waste food when they struggle to have enough food to eat. How could I used beans as a math tool or an art project, when beans were the protein staple in their home?
So I will use food from time to time in science experiments, but I never use food for art, in the sensory table or for a manipulative in any way.
Food is food. Food is precious to so many children and their families, I can not show children that in school food is a toy, an art medium or other things that then get thrown away.
This is why you will never see my students apple paint.