One of my favorite nutrition education tools is the “no thank you” bite.*
The idea is this: you have to take one bite in order to earn your “no thank you.” After one little nibble, you may politely raise your hand and ask for permission to throw away your sample. Emphasis on politely–no “yuks” or “gross!”
It totally works.
I can’t tell you how many times a student has confidently told me that he or she does NOT like what I’m about to serve. I remind them of the “no thank you bite” rule, they try it, and then they ask for seconds.
In my classes with K-2 students, we are focusing on the six edible parts of the plant. Last week we were on “flowers” so we sang the Banana Slug String Band song, did stretching exercises to review the six parts, talked about cauliflower farming and roasted cauliflower with olive oil and salt in the portable oven. Again, I made converts with this simple technique. Even better, I’ve had many parents tell me that their students have brought this idea home, insisting that siblings take their “no thank you bite” at the dinner table!
*Thank you to Olivewood Gardens for this great tip!
Yes, the No Thank You Bite is a real thing that you have added to the culture at our school. It has also become a part of my vocabulary whenever I get a chance to share your outstanding teaching with visitors.
I feel grateful to work with a principal who sees things through the lens of building positive school culture. Thanks for the affirming words.
I really have to work on my “Thank You Bite”. I’ll give it a go……I think???? dad
Don’t we all? Glad you liked all the food we made you at Christmas!
Every time I read this newsletter, I wish I could attend Julian Elementary School! What a great place for learning!
Love this comment—thank you!
Great idea! Love it!
We’re all about the ideas, right?
Does that rule apply to applesauce!!!!! Love you, MOM
Have to check with my baby sister on that one. 🙂