Konos Unit: Stewardship
Theme: Being a Good Steward of Our Body - NERF (Nutrition, Exercise, Rest, and Fun) - Where food comes from
We're into our next unit of Konos studies which is Stewardship. For the first part of this unit we will discuss how God has given man dominion over His creations, how man produces and grows food, and how to be a good steward of our bodies. We will review the four food groups, study the six food nutrients, learn about healthy vs unhealthy foods, exercise regularly and learn about the muscles of the body.
We reviewed the basic food groups and I pulled together some of their play food to let Nicholas do a hands-on exercise of sorting the foods into the correct food groups. We don't have many proteins so we had to make do with fried chicken and chicken nuggets which he kept saying was partially protein and partially grain because of the breaded coating. He likes to be precise!
We've been learning about where food comes from, how vegetables are grown, cattle raised, and dairy products made.
We went outside and talked about our own tomatoes that we are growing on the side of the house.
I found this great "How It's Made" video on You Tube that explained how sugar is made.
In the produce section at our grocery store, I found some real sugar cane.
It's funny to find it packaged like this. Back home in South Louisiana this stuff is grown in fields and around harvest time you can find lots of cut cane along the side of country roads that have fallen off the truck as it takes the cane from the field to be processed. I remember my Dad picking some up for us to sample. It was fun to let Nicholas try it, even if it had to be packaged and shipped to Texas for him to try it.
Nicholas spent some time just studying the cane.
I cut it open so we could study it further.
Nicholas chewed on a piece and seemed disappointed when he didn't instantly get a sugar fiz. It took him a few minutes but then he gave me a thumbs up to let me know that he had figured out how to get to the sweet sugary juice inside the cane.
It's amazing to study how food gets from its natural form to the processed result that ends up on our table.