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“If I Were a Princess, I Would Eat Carrots!”

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New Curriculums and Opportunities for Artistic Expression have been Fueled by Recent Grants

We recently concluded our “Grow Me Strong and Healthy” program funded by a generous grant from Abbott Nutrition. This three-year grant allowed us to install 17 garden plots and create 36 curriculum kits so that children at each of our centers could engage in gardening, science, cooking and nutrition projects. 

For the past three years, we have also received an Artist-in-Residence grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Nancy Kangas, our resident poet, has worked with teachers and children to read, write and share poetry with one another. This past fall, we asked Nancy to guide the children in thinking about and writing about their gardening experiences.

 As a celebration project for the conclusion of both grants, we asked families to submit recipes for a very special cookbook. If I Were a Princess I Would Eat Carrots combines these recipes with children’s poems and photos to create a unique “poetry cookbook”.

This special book demonstrates the unique creativity and talent of the Columbus Early Learning Centers community. We thank Abbott Nutrition and the Ohio Arts Council for making it possible!

 The children created many wonderful poems:

I Like Pancakes

by Sayvon

 Pancakes, buttered

and ribs and triangles.

Pancakes, buttered,

a fork and a spoon.

Pancakes are brown

and delicious.


Green Pepper So Fun

by DyMarii

 Green pepper fun.

Green pepper is good.

Green pepper is cooking in the dinner.

Green pepper is cooking in the food.

Green peppers are fun.

Green peppers SO sweet.

Green peppers so sweet in my head.

Green peppers so sweet in my neck.


The Important Thing about Our Root View Farm

by The Lions

The important things about our root view farm

is that the leaves are on top.

The leaves are green.

The leaves are shiny.

But, the important things about our root view farm

is that the leaves are on top.

You have to be gentle with it

because it’s going to fall.

They grow bigger – 

the roots grow bigger and bigger.


But, the important things about our root view farm

is that the leaves are on top.


To My Brother, Leo

by Alauna

I am the ice cream

and you are my sprinkles.

I am the key

and you help me unlock the door.

I am jelly

and you are the bread.

I am a rainbow 

and you are my colors 

that slide

all the way down.


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