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School Age Playground

Garden Update

We are closing in on our fundraising phase and will be moving to the fun part of this project - execution!  The Committee will meet again soon to finalize equipment decisions and layout.  So watch this summer for a very big improvement in our outdoor learning envrionment for our excited school agers.  We will add pictures to the website soon!
Another sign of spring is the conversations and planning regarding our garden.  Our biggest concern this spring is getting a tall fence purchased and installed around the raised beds in order to keep deer away from our produce!  Future plans include moving of the raised beds closer to the building and adding another raised bed or two to expand our ability to grow!

Nordic Fest is Coming!

Family Style Dining/Eating in the Classroom/MENU

Sunflower's primary fundraiser, a food booth during Decorah's Nordic Fest Celebration, is fast approaching!  The dates are July 26, 27, 28.   We need every family's help with staffing the booth - a three hour shift is all that's required. 

If you will be out of town for the Fest, you can ask other family or friends to work for you.  There is a $100 non-participatory fee if alternate arrangements are not made.  Let's get to know each other better - nothing better to do that than grilling and selling brats and hot dogs!

It is recommended by Iowa's Child Care Resource and Referral agency to use and teach family-style dining.

What exactly is family-style dining you ask?  It involves teaching our children from a very young age to sit at a table, converse with their friends/teachers, learn how to pass bowls of food, put food on their plate, eat with utensils,  learn and use table manners, and much more!  Lunch time is also learning time!  Ask your children about their lunchtime - you may be surprised what they tell you!

It is also recommended that children eat in the classroom - there are many benefits, including less wait time for children, fewer transitions for children to tolerate, etc.

Sunflower administration, teachers and cooking staff have recently implemented eating in the classroom - we have had good success, and we have also had lessons to learn and adaptations to make!  But that is what it's all about!

We will continue to chronicle here our successes and learning opportunities as we move to fully integrate both family-style dining AND eating in the classroom - STAY TUNED!

Our Menu this Week:  July 16th-20th