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Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Do you have a picky eater?  As parents and teachers, we all know that children can be particular with what they do and don’t eat.  Eating (or not eating) is the one thing they have control of.  Many families struggle to come up with new ideas for meals that are fun and nutritious.  Here are some tried and true meal ideas we have come up with over the years!

-Chicken nuggets

-Home made Macaroni and Cheese

-Home made Pizza (whole wheat crust, naan bread, english muffin, etc.) 

-Pasta 

-Whole wheat wraps sliced to look like sushi

-Breakfast foods for lunch or dinner

-Waffle sandwiches (cream cheese, chocolate hazelnut spread, fruit spreads, or any nut butters)

-Grilled cheese

-Quesadillas (fill with all sorts of healthy veggies and proteins) 

-Sandwiches (lunch meats, cheese, fruit spreads, nut butters, ham/turkey/veggie burger) 

-Use cookie cutter shapes to cut sandwiches to make finger sandwiches

-Lunch meat and cheese rolled up then sliced like sushi

-Cheese and crackers

-Yogurt and applesauce with a straw through the lid

-Sweet potato fries and tots

-Baked potato

-Fish (try it, they might surprise you and like it) 

-Fruits and veggies (get them in anywhere you can) 

 

Please take notice of the most chokable foodsaccording to www.familyeducation.com!

-Hot dogs

-Carrots

-Apples

-Grapes

-Nuts

-Peanut butter

-Marshmallows

-Gum and hard candy

-Popcorn

 

PANCAKE?

Who wants a pancake,
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
“I’ll take the one on top.”
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Theresa smiles and says,
“I’ll take the one in the middle.”

by Shel Silverstein

 

Written by: Kara Scott

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child

Reading - Teacher & Girl BChoosing the Right Preschool for Your Child

Choosing the right preschool is just as important, if not more important, as choosing their dentist or pediatrician.  Preschool is the first step towards your child’s academic journey.  Aside from learning their letters and numbers, they will learn important basics to help them in school like how to be independent, how to share and how to follow directions.  Remember, you are your child’s biggest advocate.  Choose a preschool that is comfortable for you and your child and that parallel’s your home values.

            When do I start?  The thumb rule that most parents follow is to start looking the September before you want to start your child.  This lets you have plenty of time to tour the schools, visit and/or observe the classrooms and weigh all your options.  Look at the environment, is it welcoming? Is it happy? Is it colorful and positive? Think about your child’s personality and whether he/she will do well in the schools’ setting.

            What do they teach?  Remember each school sets their own tone and own method.  Is there a theory they follow? Do the children choose activities freely? Is there a lot of social interaction?  Are there a lot of toys and/or manipulatives and how often are they cleaned?  These are all questions that help you figure out if your child will be getting the education that will help him or her succeed in the future.

            Get to know the teachers.  Do they have degrees?  Do they receive a certain amount of training though out the year?  Are they inviting, warm and friendly? Are they CPR and first aid certified?  The teacher is the one that will be with your child on a daily basis.  Follow your first instinct and your child’s first instinct.  This is the first time in many instances that your child will be separated from you for any extended period of time.  Nice teachers matter, especially for very young children.  Watch how they interact with the other children and how the children respond to them.  The classroom can also be a good example of what to expect.  Look for a well stocked book case, the alphabet on the wall, tracing paper, clocks, puzzles, blocks and lots of dramatic play items.  These items are good indicators that your child will be using his/her imagination, as well as learning the knowledge they need to in order to achieve their individual mile stones.

            Scientists say that from birth through age 5, children are constantly developing their language, thinking, physical, emotional and social skills they will need for the rest of their lives.  Choose a preschool that you think will help your child succeed these skills but will also provide them with the passion for learning about themselves and the world around them.

Article by: Amanda Rock

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger