Pre-K & Kindergarten
Lunchtime and snacks are an essential part of our day. The food we eat nourishes our bodies, while the communal time provides crucial social interaction and plenty of learning opportunities.
At the Homestead, our students not only eat together — they learn how to grow highly-nutritious food in our organic gardens, collect eggs, and help raise dairy goats. Each classroom building is equipped with a kitchen to prepare fresh snacks or entire meals together. Even our youngest students learn in preschool to prepare snacks as part of their practical life studies, serve them to their peers, and clean up after themselves.
Classrooms have a rotational snack contribution through the families (participation is voluntary). We encourage snacks that are organic, whole-grain, and free from highly processed ingredients (e.g., high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, especially cottonseed oil), unnecessary food coloring, and sugar.
We often take our lunch and choose a special spot to eat outside, e.g., the forests, the fields, the hay loft, or the picnic tables. We ask that you pack lunch in reusable, easy-to-open containers, such as metal bento boxes or PlanetBox containers, to make lunches waste free and clean-up easier.