ABC Grow: Raising Healthy Children

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ABC Grow: Raising Healthy Children

  1. 2. Did You Know? <ul><li>Children learn to make decisions and develop foundations for healthy lifestyle during the early years </li></ul><ul><li>Educators can help by participating with families to make changes to foster good health habits </li></ul><ul><li>8 to 12 experiences are necessary for a child to try and accept new food </li></ul><ul><li>For preschoolers familiarity leads to preference and thus intake (neophobia- picky eater) </li></ul>
  2. 3. Gardening is a great learning tool <ul><li>A collaboration with ABC Grow </li></ul>
  3. 4. Involving Families and Community Through Gardening <ul><li>Community Connection- Working with partner </li></ul><ul><li>Family Contribution- The Garden Party </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting the garden to children’s learning </li></ul><ul><li>A comprehensive Nutrition Education Program </li></ul>
  4. 5. Connecting With a Partner <ul><li>Finding a partner that is interest in passing the love of gardening to the next generation </li></ul><ul><li>Your partner will always be your advisor who helps you figure out challenges </li></ul>
  5. 6. Family Contribution <ul><li>Participation in the building and maintaining of a vibrant and healthy garden </li></ul><ul><li>Participating in family workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing new knowledge & nutrition tidbits </li></ul><ul><li>Participating in the development of the “Suggested Shopping Lists” </li></ul><ul><li>Participation of families in nutritional experiences </li></ul>
  6. 7. Connecting the Garden to Children’s Learning <ul><li>Science Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Children observe as plants grow from seeds How the ecosystem evolves as the plants respond to food, water and sun, or the lack thereof </li></ul><ul><li>The effects of visiting insects and birds </li></ul><ul><li>Observations and predictions around the garden </li></ul>
  7. 8. Connecting the Garden to Children’s Learning Language and Literacy Development <ul><li>Learning the names of the plants - Increased vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting the progress of the garden - Print awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Reading books about the garden - Book Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Following recipes at time of harvest - Increase vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Observations - Print awareness </li></ul>
  8. 9. Connecting the Garden to Children’s Learning <ul><li>Mathematical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Count seeds and plants </li></ul><ul><li>Recording rainfall </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring plants and charting their growth </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about sequence and spatial relationships as the garden changes over time </li></ul>
  9. 10. A Comprehensive Nutrition Education Program <ul><li>Educating early childhood teachers about nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Infusing the children’s program with experiences related to gardening and consuming new food </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing stories and instruction with parents </li></ul>

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