Our Method


Nutrition education & skill development


Peer relationships & adult mentors


Community experiences


Kids cooking for life

In-School Programs

Small Bites

Premier nutrition and cooking education program taught by classroom teachers or trained out-of-school staff. Interactive, hands-on lessons support core content areas with additional extension lessons aligned to Common Core Standards. Consists of 8 lessons and recipes for 3rd – 8th graders offered throughout the school year and summer.

Garden Curriculum

Taught by classroom teachers, this program gives students a hands-on learning experience about planting, maintaining, and harvesting and is aligned to Common Core Standards for 3rd – 5th graders. Produce is harvested in the school’s existing garden and consists of 6 lessons offered throughout the school year and summer.

After-School Programs

Cooking Skills & World Cuisine

This after-school program is one of Common Threads’ legacy curriculums and engages students in a global exploration through healthy meal preparation. With the support of community volunteers and a trained chef instructor, students expand nutritional knowledge and world-view as they learn to follow a recipe and prepare a low-cost, healthy meal. Consists of 10 lessons offered throughout the school year and summer.

Advanced Cooking Skills & World Cuisine

Designed for graduates of CSWC or 6th – 8th graders. Each lesson explores a different country’s cuisine and focuses on the history, nutrition, and selection of ingredients. 10 lessons offered throughout the school year and summer.

Family Cooking Class

Created to empower families, this after-school session reaches beyond children by engaging their families in the art of eating well through hands-on learning in the kitchen. Families learn how to cook healthy and economic meals, enjoy an interactive grocery story tour, and lessons from Cooking For Life Handbook. Six 2-hour lessons offered throughout the school year and summer.

Teacher Trainings

Teacher Cooking Class

This one-time, hands-on cooking class for teachers gives them the opportunity to learn the importance of incorporating nutrition lessons into their curriculum. Lesson is 90 minutes and offered throughout the school year and summer.

Healthy Teacher Training

A cutting edge, FREE healthy eating and cooking education program designed to equip teachers, principals, and school staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to transform their own health and wellbeing. Teachers receive 2 credit hours. Offered throughout the school year and summer, online and live.

Parent Programs

Parent Workshop

Designed to engage busy parents, these interactive presentations focus on basic nutrition, grocery shopping, and cooking with kids. Taught by trained Common Threads’ Program Managers or Chef Instructors throughout the school year and summer.