Friday, February 26, 2010

Food for the Forest Preschool

Here is our meal plan so you will know what yummy things we are eating each day. The menu will be flexible with the seasons and may rotate for variety. Right now we are enjoying lots of soups and pastas. Snacks may be flipped for each day and soup, stew, pancake, muffin, cookie and "brownie" recipes may be posted at a later date. We will not be serving meat and on Mondays we do not serve dried fruit (including raisins), nuts, peanuts and seeds. Rice milk, rice crackers and rice cakes are provided daily.
Snack #1: Rice cakes and Apple slices
Lunch: Spiral rice pasta with pureed lentil sauce (veggies and beans), muffins or cookies
Snack #2: Veggies or fruit & dip
Snack #1: Veggies & dip or no-nut butter and rice cakes or crackers
Lunch: Homemade soup or stew, corn bread/muffins, fruit
Snack#2: Muffins or cookies with spread, fruit
Snack #1: Pita/hummus or black bean dip & fruit
Lunch: Buckwheat Pancakes or egg dish with soygurt/syrup, fruit
Snack#2:Veggies & dip or no-nut butter on rice cakes
Snack #1: Fruit, muffins or cookies
Lunch: Hot pasta or soup, roasted veggies, cookies
Snack#2: Muffins (Baker's choice)
Snack #1: Muffins, cookies, brownies and fruit
Lunch: Cook's Choice of soup or stew, veggies and cookies
Snack#2: Rice cakes or crackers, veggies and dip
Snack #1: Fruit and muffins or brownies or cookies
Lunch:Tuscan Bean and Vegetable soup with brown rice noodles, fruit
Snack #2:Veggies and crackers with mashed avocado
Snack #1:Apple slices and mini muffins
Lunch:Oven fries, grilled vegetables, tofu sticks or bean cakes, fruit
Snack #2:Hummus with rice cakes and veggies
Snack #1:Rice cakes with no-nut butter, fruit
Lunch:Steamed vegetables (carrots, zucchini, broccoli, kale) bean cakes or spaghetti
Snack #2:Muffins or cookies
Snack #1:Veggies and dip, rice cakes
Lunch:Soup or casserole, veggies and dip, fruit crisp
Snack #2:fruit with hummus and dip or no-nut butter
Snack #1:Muffins or cookies, fruit
Lunch:Red lentil and carrot soup with basmati rice or noodles, veggies and hummus
Snack #2:Fruit with no-nut butter

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Eco Healthy Child Care

The Carp Ridge Forest Preschool is pleased to announce that we have been endorsed by the Oregon Environmental Council as an Eco Healthy Child Care program. We qualified due to our focus and commitment to green, healthy, safe and sustainable programming. You are invited to check out the criteria for qualification at
Thank you to everyone who helps us maintain our commitment to a sustainable future through our programs.

Winter Themes

By Sara Rocio Raeesi-Guajni
Wow! New Year, new decade, and new beginnings!
Early in January as the children were eager to share their holiday season experiences, they also were extremely curious about how the forest has changed and who lives underneath the snow. While walking up to the porcupines’ house and singing our weather song [... tell me the weather: it is raining, snowing or it is hot?]
ET: Is it hibernating!!!
At that moment we decided to pause and to question:
S: What is hibernation? What about the trees? Do they hibernate?
G: Trees do not hibernate. They stand up very, very tall and the snow falls on them and that is why they do not need to hibernate.
LC: Yes, trees hibernate because the bark protects them.
C: No, trees do not hibernate because they are trees.
EL: Yes, trees hibernate, they grow tall till they become a cave and in the cave they look for monsters.
January’s pedagogical theme:
We are deconstructing this concept with games such Hi? Bernate!!!, Camouflage!!, sensory explorations, nature treasure hunts, following animal tracks, building caves, dens, and burrows and by answering questions such who hibernates? How animals hibernate? How animals in the forest prepare for hibernation? Most importantly, we explore by having fun and enjoying the beauty of the snow with all our senses and, of course snuggling underneath trees and behind snow banks by the creek with meditation, telling stories and reading books.Lately the children are inquiring about:
1) It is possible to hibernate in space? Can people hibernate?
2) How it is possible to live in ice?
3) Who lives in the Arctic? Where do the penguins live? Does the sun shines in the Arctic?
4) How do the baby polar bears live in the cold arctic weather? What happens if the snow melts, can they walk?
5) What about if we add colour to the snow caves and ice houses we have created?
February’s pedagogical theme:
We will continue to explore the meaning of hibernation. We will add the concept of Winterlude, will investigate the life near the Arctic and Antarctic, and the children will be introduced to astronomy concepts such name of stars and how the stars are formed into constellations.We will recreate a Winterlude celebration throughout the forest, we will simulate the Aurora Borealis, and we will create a mini planetarium in the Igloo. These provocations will provide plenty for sensory explorations, games, artistic expression, reading, storytelling, building, creating and recreating, meditating and contemplating. What a great way to explore the forest in winter and to wrap up the most beautiful months of the year.Please join me and the children for a great winter celebration. Parents are welcome to share talents, resources, ideas, and by discussing and expanding these themes at home with your child.