January 10, 2003

Lunch!  Is served.  Am sitting in front of my computer here at work–the attic-turned-office of the preschool at which I work in the Mission district–with a steaming bowl of Cuban black beans and rice in front of me.  Eat, type.  Eat, type.  Fried bananas too.  The teachers take turns making lunch here every day which is great–so many different wonderful (and healthy) salads, stews and multi-grain breads.  No meat! because we’re a vegetarian school.

Perfect lunch for a bleak day in the Mission (usually it’s sunny in these here parts).  Durn it, the wind is blowing through the crack between my window and its moulding again.  Where is the sun??

Time to move my car from the 2-hour zone I’m in–this would be one of the frustrating aspects of living in this city–the paucity of places to park yo car.


3 Responses to “”

  1. danaY Says:

    so you really ARE going to write about your lunch everyday?! cool.

  2. danielplanet Says:

    Whew!  Gotta love those fried bananas.  Men and nations have raged for the love of such things.    That’s pretty cool.  Do you work at a progressive charter school?  Most schools serve junk food…
    Don’t know if I could handle such a dearth of parking spaces… I have a tough enough time in downtown LA; how much more San Francisco?  Orange County?  You could abandon your car through a fortnight’s passing.  (I was determined to weasel in that word.)

  3. argonaut Says:

    Can’t believe how you snuck ‘fortnight’ into there. Ha ha ha Actually, Buen Dia is a progressive preschool. Nutrition and eating whole grains, veggies and fruits are a big part of what the teachers hope to instill in the children. Foods with sugar listed in their first three ingredients is not allowed in the kids’ lunches. So you can imagine, Cracker Jacks are out!The school philosophy stands out in a sea of run-of-the-mill preschools. The school strives to promote self-esteem in young children–research shows that 0-5 are the most malleable years in a child’s life, and is when his/her self-image is formed, for good or bad–by valuing who the child is through recognizing his/her unique personality, culture and ethnicity. The teachers try to provide positive interactions for the kids and one of their goals is to teach them to negotiate with one another and problem-solve (huge plus in my book). There are no time-outs. One of the most important tenets of the school is that every child develops at his/her own rate. And learning is about the process, not the product.The curriculum is heavily arts-based and the kids are encouraged to explore their creativity. They do a lot of collage and recycled art. For 12 years, the California Arts Council funded visual and performing artists. The music teacher at our school was once asked to do a documentary on NPR about the kind of storytelling/music she does with kids (largely based on Vivian Gussin-Paley’s theories, I think).Sorry for the mouthful, but I feel that Buen Dia is such a unique school with two amazing and devoted directors. I feel privileged to be working with them and to be learning from them every day. The staff is a great bunch–creative types who have such diverse backgrounds–their talents run the gamut. They’re fun to work with and the short times we do have to talk throughout the day are meaningful. I learn so much from them and the kids also. It’s like my second home here.You’re right about public schools; they’re junk food havens. They’re def. culpable in perpetuating obesity in the American culture–they unwittingly instill in kids that it’s okay to eat the valueless, hyper-processed and transfat-laden fast food that corporate America feeds their parents. It’s not okay. I believe the surgeon general stated the other day that obesity is one of the biggest epidemics in our country as of now. Not alcoholism, not homicides. Just food. Too much of it and the wrong kind. Surely God did not mean for us to abuse our bodies this way. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now. 🙂

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