We have a little garden, comprised of recycled buckets that the children tend. The buckets are salvaged from the food industry. The children paint them, plant them and water the plants – then watch them grow. Green beans are a favorite.
Most of the food that we serve at The Green Preschool in Kailua is organic and as much as possible, locally sourced at the farmer’s market. The children help with meal preparation by cutting the food for our daily “snack” — a complete meal: including a main grain or entree, a non-meat protein, organic milk and four fresh fruits or vegetables. The children also assist with bread baking and making soup.
Families bring their own plates, cups and eating utensils to all of our potluck events. We use natural cleaning agents, eat from ceramic dishes and use cotton towels and placemats at school – which we wash and reuse. Each child is assigned their own drinking cup which they keep throughout the year.
Many of our field trips are to gardens. Annually, we visit the Go Farm Project
and Full Circle Farm (formerly Green Rows Farm) in Waimanalo. We visit several traditional Hawaiian agriculture and aquaculture farms in Kaneohe, including Hui Aloha Aina Momona Farm, Paepae O He’eia Fish Pond and Papahana Kuaola Lo’i. Another favorite place to visit is Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe.
The Green Preschool in Kailua nurtures a child’s love of nature and provides critical environmental education though everyday practices. We do our best to ensure a real understanding of our motto: “All Things to Know and Love.”