This post is sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers.
In my time as a blogger, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work with Indiana’s Family of Farmers and other local agriculture organizations to learn more about farming and the agriculture industry here in Indiana. I’ve learned so much about our state’s rich farming history, about food and where it comes from, and about food safety and how to make better nutritional choices. I’ve also had the opportunity to expose my city-born children to life on a farm, something they’ve absolutely loved.
One thing I’ve learned is that there’s quite a deficiency in how our children are taught about food, nutrition, and agriculture. In my eight years as an educator, our lessons on farming never went much beyond, “The cow says moo!” We teach our children about the life cycle of butterflies and frogs; but we don’t teach them about the life cycle of their food. I think it’s an important lesson for our kids to learn, so they won’t be duped by buzzwords or media hype as adults.
The theme for this first lesson is pizza. When we think pizza we don’t necessarily think farm, but if you break it down, each ingredient of pizza can be traced back to agriculture. The lesson and activities below (suitable for preschool – 2nd grade), will help kids understand the origins of each part of a pizza, and will help them begin to think critically about where their food comes from. There are also tie-ins to math and reading, to make a complete educational experience.
And of course, you can’t talk about pizza without eating it! You could order delivery, but my friend Sarah at Our Farm Family’s Life has some great ideas for getting your kids into the kitchen to make their own pizza.
Old MacDonald Had a Pizza: How Pizza and Farming Go Together
Download Lesson Plan (pdf)
Melissa and Doug Pizza Playset (this is one of our favorite toys!)
Pizza (A Frank Asch Bear Book) by Frank Asch
The Pizza Delivery Mystery by Natalie Shaw
The Pizza That Pete Made by Maria Fleming
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges
Stay tuned next month for another fun homeschooling unit that ties agricultural education in with math, reading, science, and more! In the meantime, find lots more fun homeschooling ideas on my Homeschool Pinterest Board.