Food Groups

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JacketFood groups! I thought I knew everything there was to know about this topic. But as it turns out, I was wrong. That’s one of the fun things about homeschooling: as parents, we relearn a TON of stuff. Like how beans and squash are actually fruits. Really. At least according to this book: “Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems” by Grace Lin.

The book gets into more of the science of why foods are placed into categories. Personally, I was left with more questions. What food group is peanut butter? Is it protein or vegetable or? What’s corn then? A vegetable or grain? I’m intrigued.

Although a little advanced for the kids at this stage, we dove into this book a week after completing several activity sheets from ChooseMyPlate.gov.  The favorite was the MyPlate coloring sheet  because coloring!

One other cool resource I adapted for this topic came from a songbook I found at the library: “Plant A Little Seed: Songs from Growing Children” by Nancy Stewart. She has basic song to the tune of an army chant by Marylee Sunseri called “Fruit Song.”

It goes something like this:

“Mama, mama, can I eat – this juicy fruit in front of me.”

I changed the “juicy fruit” part to “yummy (insert fruit, veggie, dairy, protein, grain)”. At the end of the song, I point to a kid and they get to come up with different foods that match the rhyme.  Simple and fun.

Next steps: keep practicing what we’ve learned and making foods in the kitchen.

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