My little girls are nearing the end of kindergarten. Steve and I adore Veronica and Clarissa’s school. The environment they are in, as they spend their days learning, is warm and inviting; diverse and inclusive; cheerful and nurturing. I am grateful to send my sweet girls (who turn six today!) down the street to their school each morning. The latest recipe to come out of my pesto obsession will be posted later today, but I want to start the day by sharing my rad experience at Clarissa and Veronica’s school yesterday.
I had the opportunity to present at Career Day. I spoke to four classes full of eager, engaged students about what it’s like to be a food blogger. I told the kiddos about how when I blog, I get to use the reading, writing, math, and creative/art skills I learned as early as grade school. The kids asked great questions. I got to hear fantastic stories about the students’ favorite fruits and vegetables, about their cooking triumphs, and about their kitchen disasters (these were everyone’s favorite). I’m not so sure that the kids learned anything from me, nor do I think I inspired my daughters’ classmates to grow up and be food bloggers. I am sure that I left the school with renewed excitement and energy. I don’t know how teachers keep up with their students’ boundless energy every day, but being immersed in it for a few hours was phenomenal.
In each class, some kids got to set up a scene with fruits and vegetables and use my camera to snap some photographs. When I woke at 4:00 this morning, the excitement of looking through and editing the kids’ photos was the first thing I thought about. Unfortunately something went wrong, and I found that only some of the pictures saved to my camera. I’m certain it was my error, since I was trying to manage the kids taking pictures and engaging with the kids’ questions and stories at the same time. I am so disappointed that the students won’t be able to see all their pictures today. Luckily I had at least one picture from each class. Here is the fine work done by the terrific students I got to meet yesterday:
From the kindergarten class:
From the first grade class:
From the third grade class:
From the fourth/fifth grade class: