Pets: Next week we will be talking about pets. If you have a pet at home or your child is familiar with a pet in your family such as Grandma’s cat, please email us a picture along with a tiny blurb about the pet- name, type of dog, etc. We will use the pictures so the children can talk about their experience with their pets, how we treat them and what we do with pets. Thank you!
Thank you: Thank you to all the families who came to the movie night potluck last week! We really appreciate you bringing food and joining in on the fun. It was a great night.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Why is my child a picky eater?
It can be normal for a young child to be picky about eating new foods. This fear of new foods can reach its peak between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Your child is growing fast, and his tasted in food are also changing. BE POSITIVE! Say things such as, “This peach tastes like summer”, “Broccoli looks like little trees”, or “Kiwi is pretty when you cut it in half”.
Let your child help in the kitchen: Wash vegetables in a sink of water. Break green beans in half. Husk corn on the cob. Remove peas from their pods. Stir salads together. Add vegetables to dishes. Break cauliflower and broccoli into smaller pieces.
TRY IT! Children who are willing to taste new foods are more likely to eat a large variety of foods.
o Make it fun when trying new foods. You can offer a new food along with familiar foods. It will be less scary for your child to see a new food on his plate.
o Start with a small amount of new food. If your child asks for more, serve more.
o Offer new foods often. Try new foods and recipes. Your child will learn that trying new foods is a normal habit for your family.
o Let your child see you taste and enjoy new foods. Children learn best by watching their parents and others eat.
o Keep secrets. If you or others do not like certain foods, do not talk about them. Only say good things about food at the family table.
o Offer new foods to your child at the beginning of a meal. He may be more likely to try a new food when he is hungry. If he tastes it, he may like it!
o Take a ride in the summer to a local farmers market, farm, orchard or local garden and help pick out fresh fruits and vegetables.
o Dip pea pods, cucumber, green pepper, zucchini slices and more into ranch dressing, hummus or low fat dill dip. It makes it taste better and they enjoy the aspect of dipping.
o Serve baked spaghetti squash with shredded parmesan cheese.
o Make a coleslaw- finely shred 2 to 3 vegetables (zucchini, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers or peppers). Mix with low fat ranch salad dressing or Italian dressing.
TOPIC OF THE WEEK
Job Responsibilities and Occupations
This week we talked about what it means to have a job inside and outside of the classroom. The children have mastered our job chart and understand how it works. They all took great pride in completing their job this week and carrying out their responsibility. We explained that jobs have to be done everyday, sometimes you may not want to do it but it’s up to you to carry it out. This topic went on further to open up the idea that the children are at school because their parents go to work everyday and do their job. We read books, sang songs and discussed what different jobs entail. Such as a teacher, doctor, astronaut, construction worker, librarian, or coach. One of the favorite areas in the room this week was a dramatic area set up for cleaning with a washing machine, laundry basket full of clothes, broom, and mop. The children were told that some people have the occupation of cleaning such as a custodian or maid and that it’s their responsibility to clean up toys or spills at school. Another favorite activity was pretending to be construction workers where they used tools to build structures with blocks.
NEXT WEEK’S TOPIC: Pets
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND-ELSI, STEPHANIE, AND LIZ