As part of an effort towards bringing home into school and building a strong sense of community, PS1 partnered with parents to turn lunchbox time into family-style meals. Each parent volunteers to prepare and bring in a lunch, consisting of a main dish, fruit and vegetable. The food is served on plates and the children are using a full set of flatware just their size. We have witnessed the pleasing smiles on their faces when they come to the table, and have noticed children trying foods which, at first, they shy away from. A simple mmmm from a friend ignites curiosity, and at times, adventurous eating.
After reading Fantastic Mr. Fox, third grade students worked in teams to design a model of Mr. Fox’s vision of an underground utopia that would keep all the digger families safe from the beastly farmers.
Here is a quote from the book that says it all. “My dear, just think! We’re never going to be shot at again in our lives! We will make,” said Mr. Fox, “a little underground village, with streets and houses on each side–separate houses for Badgers and Moles and Rabbits and Weasels and Foxes.”