What’s on the Menu Today?

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Too beautiful to not capture with a photo. Our friends enjoyed a delicious, wholesome lunch today of homemade chicken noodle soup mixed with a colorful medley of freshly chopped vegetables, and corn muffins on the side. Just about everyone asked for seconds and thirds.

The perfect meal to help get our week started right!

Chef’s Corner: What’s for Lunch Today?

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When it comes to meal times and snack preparation, everything that is served to our children has to have a nutritional value of some kind.

As stated in our Nutritional Mission Statement…
We are committed to nutritionally cooking and baking seasonal food from scratch with all-natural products and organic when significant while sensibly introducing the children to diverse ethnic food, flavors and tastes.

Today, our very own Chef Tami (Owner, Director, and Montessori Directress of HBMH) whipped up an extra special meal of grilled chicken caesar salad with fresh fruit and warm dinner rolls. Yum! For our younger friends, marinara pasta with chicken and steamed carrots was served. This is definitely a favorite amongst our community; many of the children ask for seconds (and even thirds).

By providing daily healthy meals such as this, we’re empowering our children to get the best “head start” to their lives, while building a strong, nutritional diet that lasts a life time. lunch_3lunch_4

 

Setting the Table; an Exercise in Practical Life

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Setting the dinner table can be defined by many adults as a “chore”, but for a child, it is a purposeful, meaningful, and fulfilling work that stimulates all of their senses. The child learns self-control, and develops a healthy self-image because the work is real and necessary. Works such as this teach “care of environment”, as they prepare the table for their friends.  With very little instruction from the Guide, the child knows exactly where to place each place mat, plate, utensil, cup, and beautiful, fresh flowers. They understand that this is important work, and gain self-confidence as they see the outcome of their efforts; a room full of happy children eating and socializing in a well prepared environment.

Source: Michael Olaf, the Joyful Child, www.michaelolaf.com

Homemade Soup, the Montessori Way

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Children know when their work is worthy and good. They know when it measures favorable against their inspirations, talents, efforts, values, and abilities. They learn to assess themselves and their ideas honestly.

On this particular day, our Apple Community members came together, collaborated, analyzed, and assessed what needed to be done. While collecting and preparing, they showed initiative and adaptability. As a team, they had to effectively communicate and solve problems. A couple of our older community members quickly assumed a leadership role. It was incredible to observe the delegation, resourcefulness and cooperation taking place. What impressed me the most while watching these students was the respect, compassion and consideration for one another.

-Ms. Tami, Director