The Etiquette of Eating

The teachers for our English Language Development at Adelante Charter wanted to use contextual learning techniques, so they chose the garden to be the focus of their summer session. We harvested, fertilized, weeded, and the older kids wrote a garden guide of our experiences.  The last day was a cooking class – tomato herb spread, with 4 different nuts from California.  Though everyone was anxious to try it right out of the bowl, we made a beautiful display, accompanied with our Jamaica tea, and the kids practiced serving others and asking “Would you like some tea?”  Through the tortuous wait, I reminded the kids that their caregivers probably served them first everyday throughout their whole lives.  What a gift that is!

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