Week 8 Term 3 2014

August 27, 2014

Now I believe I can say with a more positive outlook that the weather has changed for the better. At least the sun is shining more. This term is certainly racing along and before we know it the footy finals will be over and we will be into Term 4!!

In the library in my office there is a series of books aimed at parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. These Everyday Learning books look at how parents and carers can help build the foundations of learning for the future of young children. Below is a list of these books. You are most welcome to come and borrow any of these titles. We also have other parenting books, Montessori books and articles and some very interesting DVD’s. Come and peruse our Parent Library:

EVERYDAY LEARNING SERIES

  • Everyday Learning series ‘Confidence and Coping Skills’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Managing Angry Feelings’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Loss and Grief’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Getting Along with Others’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Managing Change’
  • Everyday Learning series Bullying’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Responding to the Emotional Needs of Children’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Feelings’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Kids in the Kitchen’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘The Role of Fathers in Children’s Early Learning’
  • Everyday Learning se series ‘Maths and Numeracy’
  • Everyday Learning series ‘Agency in the Early Years’

What’s On the Menu?

Preschoolers are active,energetic and sometimes quite forthright. And while they’re generally adorable and fun, it’s perfectly normal for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds to be opinionated — especially about eating.

Here’s some advice from the experts on how to avoid preschool food fights.

“Preschoolers can eat what the rest of the family eats,” says Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, a pediatric nutrition expert and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. That’s provided family meals feature a variety of healthy foods, in moderation.

Depending on his or her age, an active preschooler’s energy needs rival those of some grown women. While there’s no need to track a youngster’s calorie consumption, it is important to make calories count.

A young child’s eating plan should consist mostly of healthy foods, such as lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and legumes; whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and cereals; at least two servings of dairy foods daily; and fresh or lightly processed fruits and vegetables. “There is room for treats, but limit these treats. Keep junk foods like chips, lollies,chocolate, out of the house to reduce temptation,” she advises. “But don’t go overboard. Kids can become intensely attracted to forbidden foods.”

Make Time for Meals

Regular family meals provide opportunities for good nutrion and much more. Dining together encourages proper table manners and fosters language development and conversational skills. When you minimize distractions by turning off the TV and turning on the answering machine, you show your child that mealtime is reserved for savoring healthy food and nurturing meaningful relationships.

While the ritual of regular meals is comforting to kids, dining with preschoolers can be chaotic and messy. Expect spills and some sloppy eating as your youngster hones his self-feeding skills. Refrain from being a “clean freak” to minimize mealtime stress.

“Being too strict about neatness at the dinner table may cause your little one to feel bad about knocking over his milk or getting food on his clothes,” Johnson says.

Be a Responsible Role Model

Want your child to accept baked potatoes instead of chips, and to prefer water to sugary soft drinks? Then you must, too.

“Studies show that children adopt their parents’ eating habits starting early in life,” Johnson says. “Don’t expect your child to eat better than you do.”

Little ones love to imitate adults, and they will mimic your eating habits, whether they are good or in need of improvement. Capitalize on a youngster’s natural curiosity by substituting healthier foods at the dinner table. Chances are, he’ll have what you’re having, and you’ll be broadening his food horizons while arousing a minimum of suspicion.

“As I have often said, it is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each individual the chance to fufill his potential possibilities.”
Dr Maria Montessori (1984) The Absorbent Mind: Dell Publishing, p100

I have been involved with Montessori for many years and I am convinced that it contains all the necessary ingredients to help a child fulfil his/her potential. Some of these ingredients are the ways in which the prepared environment is set up, the way the teacher works with the children and the Montessori materials and activities used.

The extent and width of the Montessori curriculum also allows the potential of a child to be realised. Our teachers are not here to fill the student’s minds with skills and facts but to open their conscience to all that is available to them and be the spark that ignites their passion to learn and acquire knowledge.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

  • Friday 19 September: Term Three finishes
  • Tuesday 7 October: Term Four begins
  • Sunday 26 October: Working Bee
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