Puzzled over preschool snacks?
Confused about nutrition?
Mystified by food allergies?
Many teachers (and parents) find themselves befuddled right along with you.
Luckily, the waters are not as murky as we might imagine them to be.
Sometimes you just need a little support to guide you through.
This page is here to help you do just that!
There are so many areas regarding children's health to consider in your classroom from the foods your preschoolers eat to the health (and safety) of the environment itself.
Let's begin with the basics.
First, as a preschool teacher, you know (from articles you've read, the children you see and the news reports) that childhood obesity is on the rise. Can we do anything about that in the classroom?
Actually, we can. There are very specific things you can do as a preschool teacher to help this issue.
Click here to read the article about Childhood Obesity and learn about the 3 things YOU can do!
Unless you have a degree in nutrition, it is not easy to know how much is enough food.
It's not easy to know how much of each food group a preschool needs.
The USDA has an awesome program to help figure this out by age and activity level!
Finding snacks that are healthy can be tricky!
What can you offer as alternative healthy snacks in your classroom?
So, what if they don't WANT to eat--those picky eaters! But are they "picky"?
They could be tired, not feeling well or, simply, just not hungry!
You and I pretty much eat when we are hungry but expect our children (due to schedules) to eat on demand!
And, yes, there are children who seem to be picky eaters-they just will NOT try a new food!
Learning about healthy foods, trying new foods, and learning habits to stay healthy do not happen from one conversation!
That knowledge and those habits develop over time! Here are some links to themes I've created to help you teach preschoolers about health and nutrition.
You can do an entire week's theme with each OR just choose one activity from one of the themes and incorporate it into your week. Choose a different one each week throughout the year!
Movement is an obvious must for overall health for all of us!
You can take your classroom outside! Or bring fitness inside in bad weather.
Either way, provide ACTIVE time (at least 30 minutes) EVERY DAY!
Here are some resources for you:
Your classroom is where you and your preschoolers spend most of their time.
Therefore, you need to ensure that it is as safe as possible for overall health.
Here are some resources to help you!
Health is important for all of us! I hope you find the resources on this page helpful as you plan for healthy eating, healthy exercise and healthy classrooms!