Every month we publish two articles on “Shady Oak Best Practices,” our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters.
Every other month or so, Shady Oak holds a “Friday Feast”: a group comprising students from multiple grades prepares a meal for the entire school, taking full responsibility for menu planning, cooking, serving, and cleanup. Besides providing extra fun time and helping students learn the basic life skills of cooking and nutrition, these events are full of opportunities to practice dining etiquette and socialization. Plus, cooking provides built-in lessons in math (measuring and portioning), language (reading recipes), health (planning nutritious and balanced menus), and social studies (exploring recipes from a variety of time periods and cultures).
If you want to start a “feast” program at your own school, following these guidelines will help things run smoothly:
At Shady Oak, we emphasize “feasts” because it teaches responsibility and brings the school together in an atmosphere of camaraderie.