I’ve been called crunchy a time or two as a parent and I’m also a bit “granola” in my practice as an early childhood educator.
Now I can hear a few of you asking, “What does crunchy even mean?”
Well, Wiktionary defines crunchy as “Having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept of crunchy granola.”
Even though some people use the term crunchy with a sigh and an eyeroll, I’ve fully embraced my crunchy/granola/neo-hippy leanings. I think the kids in my class really benefit from the gentle approach I use as well as the close connection we share with nature.
Think you might be a crunchy childcare provider? I’ve compiled this handy list of signs below just for fun. Thanks for the help with it Lesley!
- Wearing a baby is your favorite fashion accessory, in fact you occasionally wear more than one!
- There is a jar of coconut oil in your medication box.
- You regularly meditate with 3 year olds.
- Kale chips are a treat.
- When you clean the guts out of a squash you save some of the seeds to grow in the spring.
- You’ve made your own yogurt for snack.
- You’ve also made your own granola and bread, often with the help of small people.
- Many of your students’ favorite toys are recycled materials or thrift store rescues.
- You’ve taken the children on foraging adventures.
- You’re not a farmer but you have (or want) backyard/play yard chickens.
- Single use plastics make you cringe so you make your own beeswax wraps for food.
- You have an essential oil for every occasion and know how to use them safely.
- You can sew or crochet just about any curriculum material.
What are some ways that you embrace your crunchy side in your program?