The curriculum-based content is devoted to teaching children and their families about cooking, nutrition, science, physical fitness, and health. KidsCOOK Productions programs are designed from inception as interactive, multi-platform experiences intended for viewing and interacting on the internet and as apps for cell phones and other devices-- everywhere digital-age children are learning and playing on screens, and of course, in the real world, too!
The educational curriculum developed to support and inform the productions created by KidsCOOK Productions emerged from close collaboration with South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV), nutrition and health experts from Harvard and Yale Universities, NIH, CDC, and with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education. The Curriculum Document outlines the nutrition, fitness, and educational goals for content aimed at children ages 8-13, families, and middle school teachers. The curriculum document reflects the goals and methodology of KickinKitchen.TV to promote healthy nutrition behaviors.
- Learn: Children come to firmly grasp nutrition and health concepts made memorable by dynamic 2-D and 3-D animation, original music, and a hip teen cast with great stories.
- Play: Inspired by the characters and the website, tweens engage in enjoyable hands-on activities, experimenting with food and cooking. As a result, children embrace healthier eating, fitness, and more satisfying social interactions with friends and family.
- Share: By using interactivity, user-generated content, and engaging digital technologies across all platforms (at home, in school, and playing with their friends on iPods, MP3 players, and cell phones), KickinKitchen.TV inspires children to communicate about nutrition and fitness, building a community that contributes to their physical and socio-emotional health and well-being.
SEVEN THEMES TO DEVELOP CHILDREN’S NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE AND PROMOTE HEALTHY BEHAVIORS:
- Go to the Source-- Learn where your foods come from.
- Paintball Your Plate-- Learn about balance and variety of your diet from all food groups.
Be a Calorie Superpower-- Make your calories count.
- Vegetable Power-- Eat an abundance of vegetables.
- Nature’s Candy-- Increase intake of fruits, especially as snacks.
- Choose Good Grains-- Increase whole grains.
- Power Up the Protein-- Get an adequate supply of good sources of protein.
- Skimp on Sugar-- Reduce sugar.
- Bust the Bad Fats-- Limit saturated and trans fats.
- Size It Right-- Control portion size.
Now You’re Cooking!-- Planning, shopping, kitchen safety, cooking and sharing meals.
- Prepare-- Learn how to plan and shop for meals.
- Beware!-- Learn how to be safe in the kitchen.
- Cook It Up and Share-- Make cooking and sharing meals an occasion for enjoying good communication with family and friends.
- Ain’t That the Truth?-- View media messages about food critically and create alternative, healthy messages.
- Move Your Body — Increase daily physical activity.
TWO PRO-SOCIAL THEMES THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY ATTITUDES AND SUPPORT BEHAVIOR CHANGE:
- Create!-- Cultivate creativity and experimentation that will open your mind to trying new foods and behaviors.
- Open Your Mind! - Be tolerant and supportive of others of all races, genders, body types and ways of thinking. Make new friends and build community.
FOUR SUBJECT AREA THEMES THAT ENABLE KIDS TO CONNECT WITH SCHOOL:
- What’s Going On? - Science (Predict what’s going to happen, learn how matter changes with the application or removal of heat, learn about the biology of plants and herbs and where nutrients come from.)
- In Cooking, Numbers Count - Mathematics (Learn how to measure solid and liquid ingredients, double or halve recipes, calculate prices and value when shopping)
- Read to Cook - Reading/Language Arts (Learn step-by-step sequences by reading and implementing recipes, evaluate recipes as texts and learn recipe symbols and abbreviations, create menus, decode food advertisements and persuasive techniques)
- Food: A Big Part of Life - Social Studies (Experience foods from many cultures, understand the sources of various foods and how they make it to one’s plate, understand how food is a part of the broader economy).