Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about trash and garbage. We might give the problem some thought when our community needs a new landfill, a crisis about dangerous waste arises, or litter gets out of control. But then we often forget about the ever-present challenge of dealing with trash and garbage. We think studying how to reduce, reuse, and recycle trash and garbage will engage children because they are familiar with and curious about the topic.
As we study trash and garbage and how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We will also be developing thinking skills to observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.
What You Can Do at Home
Talk with your child about trash and garbage. Help raise your child's awareness of the kinds of trash and garbage your family creates each day. If you dispose of your trash at a dump or landfill, take your child along to see where the trash goes. Borrow some library books about trash, garbage, and recycling. If you recycle at home, help your child take responsibility for sorting items into your family's recycling boxes.
When you are outside with your child and you notice a piece of trash on the ground, point it out and talk about it. For example, say, “I wonder why someone dropped that candy wrapper on the ground. Is it supposed to be there? Is there a better place to put it?”
Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.
March 29: Yearbook orders due
March 31: Food Bags Delivered
April 11: PTO Meeting
April 12: Kinder Reg @ Shepard 3:30-5:30
April 14: PTO Outdoor Movie Event 7pm
April 15: No School
April 18: No School
April 29: Preschool Family Friday (Reserve the day- You won't want to miss this one!)
Hello PreK Families!
Healthy eating is important at every age. Our students have been investigating all of the nutritious food our lunches have to offer, so we are diving in to discuss the benefits of Healthy Eating and Exercising. The following are some tips I found to help make trying new foods easier! We will be discussing and trying different foods inside the classroom. If you would like to help by sending in a snack, please choose one of the food groups and message me for further information.
Offer preschoolers a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips
Model healthy behaviors
Preschoolers tend to copy what parents or caregivers do at the table. If you eat your veggies, they'll eat their veggies. And, it's good for both of you.
Think about their drinks
Sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and fruit drinks are sources of added sugars that are often high in calories. Beverages with no added sugars like water, unsweetened fat-free or low-fat milk (including low-lactose or lactose-free options), or fortified soy beverages should be the primary choice for children.
Encourage children to sit at a table for meals and snacks and not wander around carrying food. Check out the USDA Team Nutrition worksheet for foods that are choking hazards at different ages.
Try new foods
Involve your kids in online and in-store grocery shopping and let them pick a new fruit or vegetable. This can help improve their interest in trying new things.
Get kids involved
Preschoolers can help at mealtimes by washing produce, tearing lettuce, stirring mixes, scooping ingredients, or setting the table.
Like adults, preschoolers like to have a say in what they eat. "A pear or an apple?" "Whole wheat toast or some crackers?" You offer the healthy options, but they get to choose.
The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite!
4 - Report cards come home
7-11 Kindergarten Pre-registration all week
15 - Lincoln Culver's Night
16 - Spring Pictures (Don't dress in Green!)
21-25 - No School for Spring Break
29 - Yearbook orders are due