READ TO YOUR CHILD

A bedtime storyChildren love to be read to.
They love the physical closeness of sitting next to you or being held in your lap. And they love having your full attention in a shared activity. Reading fosters a child’s intellectual and language development. It’s also a comforting ritual that children come to depend on and something they will remember all their lives.

OUTDOORS WITH YOUR 5 SENSES

Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 2.09.00 PMChildren 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

A REGULAR BEDTIME REALLY DOES MATTER

sleeping-child-eight-oclock-bedtimeKids who don’t have one, display more behavioral problems at home and at school. Most people don’t consider sleep a priority. Sleep is just as important to your health as exercising and eating well. Too little sleep increases your risk of weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Children with irregular bedtimes suffer from jetlag-like symptoms and are more apt to be hyperactive and have emotional difficulties. They also show a diminished ability to solve problems. The National Sleep Foundation recommends preschoolers log 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night. Make sleep a priority for your whole family.

March is National Nutrition Month

Family Meals: The Benefits of Cooking and Eating as a Family!

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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.

February is American Heart Month

HeartMonthGiving kids the best start to life is not just about A.B.C.’s
It’s about healthy habits too. Child care and early education
providers have a tremendous opportunity to help young kids
learn healthy habits that prevent childhood obesity and can
keep them healthy for life. Let’s join together, Provider and
Parents, in 5 simple steps to success for healthy children.

  1. increase physical activity
  2. limit screen time
  3. encourage healthy eating
  4. offer healthy beverages
  5. support infant feeding
And let’s help our kids grow up healthy!

For Growing Bones…….Which Milk?

milk-mistacheIf you have a child under two years, offer whole milk after breast milk or formula. Babies and toddlers need the fat from whole milk to grow properly.
Starting at age two, children can drink low-fat milk. It’s a good habit for your wholefamily to learn. Drinking low-fat milk is one way to get less fat, especially saturated fat.
Change slowly to low-fat milk. Switch first from whole milk to 2% milk. When your child gets used to the flavor, try 1% milk. Offer 1% milk on cereal and in smoothies. Your child probably won’t notice.
Check the Nutrient Facts panel on milk cartons to find the benefits. You’ll see several nutrients that everyone in your family needs.

  1. Calcium and vitamin D
  2. Protein
  3. Vitamin A

STAYING HEALTHY THIS WINTER

Healthy Tips for Winter timeTIPS for staying healthy this winter:
  1. Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs.
  2. Cover your sneezes and coughs……I teach all my little kidos to (COUGH IN YOUR ELBOW)
  3. Drink lots of fluids to keep your body hydrated.
  4. Stay home when you are sick. You will feel better and help prevent others from catching your illness.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  6. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, and eat healthy food.