Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lessons From The Classroom - Nutrition

Last week we focused on Nutrition, in our classroom.

We broke out the old-school, Food Pyramid and discussed each of the food groups.

Half-way through the week we decided to put what we were learning into practice.  I made a chart to log our progress.  As we tried to choose our food for each meal according to the main food groups that our bodies need we would check it off our charts.  (feel free to print off your own copy!)
They really got into it.  It was so cute to hear them discuss nutrition together and rationalize why their favorite foods are "good for us":)

We also took a field trip to...
the grocery store, of course!

We grabbed the few things on our list and then we went to some of the isle we frequent the most.  I taught them how to find the nutrition label on foods and how to compare what is inside.

For example: we went to the peanut butter aisle and I let them each pick out one jar.  Then, we sat down in the aisle and talked about what was in each one.  The jar Zeke picked out had more words in the ingredient list than the one Areyna had picked out.  I explained that the jar with the least number of words was usually better for us.  I also showed them a few ingredients that are not so good to put in our bodies and that the brands that are better for us are typically higher up on the shelves than the brands that we find right at our eyes.

If anything, we are all being more conscious about what we are putting in our bodies.  Our kids have been guzzling water and limiting foods with sugar in them...all on their own!

I must say, the most ironic thing happened, though.  Zeke woke up in the middle of the night on Wednesday night saying his tummy hurt.  Josh asked him if he thought he was going to throw up and in mid response (his response was "no" by the way) he well...did.

Poor kid.  It would be the week we talk about eating well!  Of course it would.  He later blamed it on the pop-corn he'd had for a snack.  I didn't discourage him otherwise:)
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