FRESHFARM's food education program in partnership with DC Public Schools

FoodPrints is an education project of FRESHFARM that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at partner elementary schools. Watch the FoodPrints video to see our program in action. 

See, Think, Wonder - by Sarah Burke

"What do you see?"
"What do you think about that?" 
"What do you wonder about what you see?"

This is a strategy to encourage close observation, to get at young children’s thinking, and to elicit questions that will help to frame future learning. The preschool and kindergarten classes at Peabody planted greens, including chard, in the garden in September. Now they are harvesting chard to be used in the Swiss Chard, Tomato & Goat Cheese Pasta. In small groups, the children are engaged in a thinking routine called "See, Think, Wonder".  As other small groups chop the chard leaves and stems, another group makes beautiful chard drawings with oil pastels that highlight the rainbow of colors in the chard leaves and stems.

Children make observational drawings of chard they grew in their school garden.

Making art inspired by leafy greens.

Using our harvest to prepare a delicious snack.

Below are some of the responses to the questions we use to prompt children's thinking and exploration in the garden, kitchen, and classroom.


I See…

Red stems, yellow stems, green leaves
White veins
Some leaves are bumpy
Plants growing
Colors – purple, green, yellow, red
Big leaves
Bumpy brown, green, white leaves
Holes in the leaves

Some leaves are flat, some are bumpy

 I Think…

Bugs made the holes in the leaves
Veins are good for the plant
Caterpillars eat the holes in the leaves
The red lines keep the leaves together
The red veins on plants mean they are older
The veins are like straws for water
If we didn’t have different colors it wouldn’t be beautiful

I Wonder...

If they are different colors because of the water?
Why are some leaves bumpy and some are smooth?

How high will they grow?
If more sun makes them bigger?
If the plants will grow more?
Is this plant is bigger because it is older?

Written by Sarah Burke, FoodPrints Teacher at Peabody Primary Campus