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Bridge School, 55 Middleby Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Kids Cooking Green

Program & Curriculum Overview

What is Kids Cooking Green?

Kids Cooking Green is an innovative, hands-on cooking program for children. It's about health, nutrition,
food preparation, the environment, and the 'full circle' of benefits of local food and farming. Kids learn how to
make healthy choices and develop their own cooking skills, all in a fun and memorable way.

How is it structured?

Kids Cooking Green takes place after-school, over a 5 week period, using a carefully planned curriculum.
Each class has a nutritional component, an environmental component, and a cooking lesson. The program
culminates in a nutritious meal for family and friends, all planned and cooked by the children using locally
grown ingredients.

What are the program's goals?

Above all, Kids Cooking Green is an empowering program. It gives children both understanding and
practical ways to apply their experiences as they form their lifelong nutritional habits and learn about:
- Nutrition and how to make healthy food choices
- The many benefits of fresh, locally grown food
- How to think critically and solve problems
- How to appreciate the social value of food and a shared family dining experience
- Lifelong cooking skills and good food preparation/sanitation
- Empower children with the knowledge that their food choices can make a difference in their health
and in the health of their environment

Core Curriculum

Kids Cooking Green involves 14 hours of class time, including a dinner with family and friends. Classes
meet once a week for 5 weeks and follow the outline hereā€¦

Week 1: What is Local? Why buy local, and its environmental impacts.
Making Handmade Fresh Ravioli
Week 2: A field trip to the Lexington Farmers' Market or visit to a local farm.
2-3 Picnic tables lessons talking with farmers. Children observe a variety of colors, tastes and
smell at the market or farm.
Week 3: Nutritional planning and designing a menu.
Meet with a registered Dietitian and analysis foods for balanced eating- design a healthy menu
and have Food Network Style Challenge
Week 4: Preparing a nutritious meal.
Students will work with a local Chef, learn to follow recipe and create a meal for family/friends.
Students will complete a multi-week detailed project and be able to eat the fruit of their labor!
Week 5: Review, write Thank you notes, and conclude with the preparation of a fruit based dessert.

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