BELMAR, NJ — You can never have too much pie. Just ask the children in Belmar Elementary School’s prekindergarten class, who took a trip yesterday to Sweet Tease Tea Room.

The 33 children on November 7 took the short walk along Main Street from the school to the café, where owner Kate Walters provided them with a first-hand look at the workings of a bakery — a lesson that ended with a sampling of freshly baked pies.

The students have been learning about grocery stores and restaurants, focusing recently on a bakery, said prekindergarten teacher Patricia Glab.

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“We have a bakery department in one of the play centers, and the kids engage in make-believe play acting out roles as a baker, clerk and shopper,” Glab said.  “The trip was the culmination of our learning themes.”

Gathered around tables in Sweet Tease's whimsical main gathering room, the children were served up slices of apple and blueberry pie, complete with a cup of apple tea. But when it came time to choose which one was their favorite, the lesson turned a bit more difficult. There was a tie, with some children voting twice and others not voting on making a choice.

As they say in politics when the results are close, a recount may be in order. And that means another trip to Sweet Tease, which in fact has become a popular class trip destination for Belmar’s prekindergartners.

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