Children learn best through their senses. Providing opportunities for them to use all 5 senses will allow them to have new experiences and make discoveries which promote brain development.
SEEING – Let them explore….do you see grass, dirt, rocks or ants? Look up….do you see trees, butterflies, bumblebees and ladybugs?
HEARING – Ask children what do you hear outside? Do you hear dogs barking, wind blowing, birds singing?
TOUCHING – Bury small items in the sand box. Ask them to explain what shape they are feeling? Round or corners? What size are they feeling….tiny, small, big?
SCENT – Ask children…..what do you smell? Do you smell the warm summer air? Do you smell fresh cut grass or spring flowers? Tell me about them….are they sweet or strong? What does that sent remind you of?
TASTING – Let your child help you choose a variety of seasonal produce. Have a picnic and ask…what does this taste like? Is it sweet or sour? Is it salty or bitter? Encourage your child to express what they are tasting and be descriptive
**Be warm, loving and responsive
**Respond to the child’s cues and clues
**Talk, read and sing to your child
**Establish routines and rituals
**Encourage safe exploration and play
**Make TV watching selective
**Use discipline as an opportunity to teach
**Recognize that each child is unique
**Choose quality child care
**Take care of yourself
Family Meals: The Benefits of Cooking and Eating as a Family!
Enjoy the taste of eating right. Studies have shown that eating meals as a family promotes healthier eating habits at the dining table.
**Start slowly. Having dedicated family time for dinner is hard to come by, especially with a busy schedule.
**Plan menus together. Preparing meals should not always have to be done by one person. Have every member in the family participate. From choosing ingredients to cutting vegetables, everyone in the family can take part in food preparations. . Even small children can pick a main dish or the veggie or fruit.
**Set the right mood. Have colored napkins or place-mats of their favorite characters on the dining table.
**Talk. Conversations while eating together can impact the mealtime experience. Talk to the child and ask how their day is going, what their favorite color is, or if they made new friends today.
**Turn off the T.V., phones and anything else that makes noise. They create distractions that can throw off family eating routine.
increase physical activity
limit screen time
encourage healthy eating
offer healthy beverages
support infant feeding
Calcium and vitamin D
Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs.
Cover your sneezes and coughs……I teach all my little kidos to (COUGH IN YOUR ELBOW)
Drink lots of fluids to keep your body hydrated.
Stay home when you are sick. You will feel better and help prevent others from catching your illness.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
Get plenty of sleep and exercise, and eat healthy food.