Health is a required subject,
but it’s too easy to view it merely as a text book
and not a way of life.
How the kids implement what they’ve read
about nutrition, exercise and personal care
is more important than how they answer the questions
at the end of each section.
After reading about the food groups and choosing a healthy snack,
Beka was determined to put it into practice.
Think she made a good decision for snack time?
Sometimes when learning isn’t going well,
it’s important to re-evaluate basic needs of students
and the teacher.
A few times, I thought the kids were being lazy
or disobedient in their school work,
but the truth was,
they were just hungry.
I didn’t used to serve snacks
because I really wanted the kids to eat their meals.
However, if I hadn’t served a filling, nutritional meal,
it didn’t last.
Breakfast, especially, should be healthy,
including a protein which stays with them longer.
To ensure the daily requirement of fruits and veggies are eaten,
they need to be served with every meal.
Hunger can cause dizziness or lightheadedness,
irratibility, agitation and a lack of concentration.
Sound like your kids?
If your kids are hungry, unless your breath smells like French fries,
they aren’t going to be able to concentrate.
I always wanted to push on and just finish up what we were working on
and then eat lunch, but too late I realized that they could do the work
more quickly if they weren’t hungry.
It’s hard to be the mommy, the teacher and the chef,
but to make your homeschooling adventure more successful,
you have to keep all three plates full at the same time.
Speaking of plates, the United States Department of Agriculture
has changed their food pyramid
to a plate.
They haven’t updated all their kid and teacher resources,
but their site still contains a lot of helpful information
for your classroom/kitchen.