Giving Thanks

A holiday that is for many centered on food and giving thanks is a great place to think about farm to early care. De-Colonizing Your Thanksgiving Curriculum has content relevant to many ages (and us adults who are unlearning and re-learning). Check out the slides at the bottom for integrated links to resources. They mention that with the youngest learners, gratitude and food is a great entry point. 

The providers we worked with to provide CSAs this summer thought about gratitude a lot with their kids. Some providers talked about the CSA box as a gift from the farmer, or that "farmers grew this just for you!". Danette and the kids she cares for made thank you notes for the farmers - what a great way to think about gratitude with early care and school-age kids! 

A book you could use to start a discussion about gratitude with young kids is We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell. The book talks about the seasons, including the growing season and different crops. Gratitude, food, and growing - what could be better for farm to early care? 

Wishing you all a day of thankfulness, or as Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, writes in This is the Year to Re-Think Thanksgiving, "a day to appreciate what we have right in front of us, whatever that is." 

What are you grateful for, and how do you talk about (or teach about) gratitude with your family or those you care for?