Welcome to Julie’s blog! I’m Julie and I am the facilitator for the Read a Recipe for Literacy Program in New York. I am so excited to begin this blog to share all of the wonderful experiences I have had participating in this program. I’ve been with RRL for the past three years and have had the opportunity to work with many members within our community to build a successful program where children are exposed the importance of communication, literacy, and community awareness. You can check out all of our wonderful participants on our partner’s page.
The program in New York runs throughout the school year where the children meet once a week at Floyd Memorial Library, located in Greenport, NY, to learn about their community through guest speakers, communication and field trips to local farms and businesses. Each four to eight week session is based on a theme and that theme is usually a product that is grown locally within the community. Some of our products in the past have been berries, potatoes and herbs. We have also focused on important issues such as winter and how our local businesses and farms adapt to their environment during the winter and different ways our local farms use and conserve water. You can check out photos from past sessions to explore the different topics we have covered and see the children interacting and communicating.
Field trips and guest speakers are a crucial part of the program. We have several partnerships with local farms within the area. The children learn about the different products that grow on the farm, the farms conservation efforts, and how important farming is to our community. Other guest speakers have been local chefs, farmers, and business people. They share their professions and how important communication is within their job.
Each student is given a journal or “recipe book” where they write their reflection of the activity or guest speaker’s presentation. We also write stories and poems related to the different topics of study. The children enjoy writing and sharing their work with the group. You can see the confidence grow within the children as the program progresses throughout the year. Our next program begins on September 19th. We look forward to an exciting year of learning, communicating and exploring our community!
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