A Positive Relationship With Food

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By Mary Clements

Here at Les Petites Pommes we are so lucky to have parents who are experts in many different fields and who throughout the years have offered their ideas to help us improve and be where we are today. I wanted to share a recent example of this since it was an opportunity for us to become better in an area that effects  everyone, everyday: our relationship with food.

During our online summer camp program, we did an activity that involved putting foods into 3 categories (in French of course): Foods we should eat all the time, sometimes and not often. It’s an activity that has been done for years in lots of French classrooms and I remember doing as a kid as well.

Luckily, one of our parents of whom we have known for many years now and is a registered dietician in the field of eating disorders reached out and let us know that categorizing foods can damage a child’s relationship with food, which can in turn lead to chaotic eating and worse diets. She pointed out that many teachers and counsellors do this all the time without even realizing it.

She has been working in elementary schools for the past 7 years and has developed a program called Food for Life which aims to provide quality nutrition education with a unique angle of also building/maintaining a positive psychological relationship with food.

Since the pandemic she has created a series of short videos (between 4-6 minutes each) which she shared with us and I wanted to make sure I shared them with the rest of our parents because they provide excellent examples of how to frame things differently and models the language in a way that is very easy to understand and replicate for parents and teachers.

Click Here to View The Video Series 

Compassionate communication is one of our core values here are Les Petites Pommes and this applies to all the subjects that we cover in French too. Any opportunities for us to have better conversations and improve our students lives, we will enthusiastically pursue. Thanks so much Kelly for sharing this awesome tool with us!

To go with this week’s food related theme, check out this nice and simple list for French food vocabulary.

For the past 2 weeks we have been compiling lists for key topics covered In grade 1 and grade 2 French Immersion (or year 1 and year 2 of French learning). Stay tuned next week for grade 3 🙂