Fruit is naturally low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development. How can you get your kids to eat more fruit? Telling a toddler it will help ease her constipation certainly won’t do the trick. And, the more you coax your children to eat something, the more they’ll push back. Here are some tips to use so that your children will eat veggies.
Set an example
Kids eat what they know, and they won’t ask for a special meal if they do not know it is an option. By far the best predictor of a child’s eating behavior is the eating patterns of her parents. If vegetables and healthy foods are relegated to an afterthought in your household, it’s tough to expect your kids to take to them.
Make food fun
Broccoli can be intimidating to a kid hoping for macaroni and cheese. But if he is a dinosaur who needs to eat five miniature trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly those florets are a lot more interesting. Relating healthy food to fun things the child already loves and turning it into a game is a great way to get a few bites of greens down the hatch. Try making it more fun by inventing a child friend snacks or dishes.
Get them involved
Children are more invested in a meal if they help with its preparation. Taking your kids with you to the farmers market or grocery store and letting them pick one or two things to cook for dinner can make them far more excited to eat it later. Better yet, start a garden and teach them how to plant and harvest their own. Letting them to clean carrots, snap beans, mix the dressing and set the table gives them a sense of pride and makes them more enthusiastic and cooperative at meal time.
ONE BITE RULE
According to a research children who have initially rejected a food must be exposed to it at least 8-10 times for the food to be accepted. Many parents have had success with the “one bite rule,” requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a rejected food whenever it is served. After enough exposures the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to rate it more favorably.
Reward good behavior
On the other side of the coin, creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Research has shown that rewarding a child for trying one bite of a rejected food with things like stickers makes it easier for them to try the food.
Offer diverse food colors
One thing you have working in your favor is that children like colorful foods. You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates. While adults tend to like flavors mingled together, children often prefer them separate.
Arrange food in patterns on the plate
Another reason to cook different vegetables separately is that children love when their food is designed into patterns on their plate. Unlike adults, who prefer foods clumped near each other in the center of the plate, kids like their food separated into piles around the perimeter. Try creating different shapes that is appealing to them
Is it raining in your place or is too hot? If yes, maybe it prevents you and your kids to enjoy activities together. But it is no longer a problem! Whether it is raining or too hot outside, you can still bond with your kids through this indoor activities.
- Make your own cookie cutters and cookies
This is a great activity for you and your kids! It will also hone your creativity in thinking about unique designs for your cookies.
- Have an indoor treasure hunt
Kids love treasure hunting so much! In this way, you can let your kid enjoy by looking for a treasure through the clues that you will be giving him/her.
- Build with marshmallows and toothpicks
Another activity that will enhance creativity is this one. You and your kid can form anything from these toothpicks and marshmallows. Great ideas will surely pop up to your kid!
- Camp in the great indoors
It is surely something that will make you and your kid enjoy. Don’t worry if you don’t have your tent for this, your blankets and your furniture will be great materials for your camping. Set up those things like a camping place for you and your kid where you can talk about many things while cuddling together.
- Paper Tube Snowflake Stamps
During winter, this will be very great artwork for you and your kid. By just a paper towel tub, you and your kid can do a lot more!
Now, super-hot summer, winter or snow day will no longer be another boring day for you and your kids!
An idiom is an expression or a group of words whose meaning is something quite different from the individual words it contains.
Find out the common idioms and their meanings which you can use in your daily life.
1. A hard nut to crack
– a difficult situation or problem
2. A heart of gold
– very kind, generous, helpful; a good person
3. A penny for your thoughts
– the way of asking someone what they are thinking about
4. A sweet tooth
– likes to eat sweet foods
5. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
– distance makes us realize the absence of others
6. Against the clock
– doing something in a rush or short time
7. Catch red-handed
– to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong
8. Face your demons
– one must confront or fight their fears
9. Go the extra mile
– going all the way to get it done
10. Has a good head on his shoulders
– a person is very sensible, intelligent, think well; someone who can be depended on to give a good advice
11. Has eyes in the back of his head
– knows everything that is happening
12. Have your hands full
– you are very busy, you are preoccupied doing something
13. Hold your horse
– to have patience
14. Hit the sack
– go to bed very tired
15. Match made in heaven
– a relationship in which the two people are great together
16. New kid on the block
– someone who is new to a group or place
17. Rainy cats and dogs
– raining heavily
18. The best of both worlds
– you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time
19. To feel under the weather
– feeling unwell or sick
20. To get into hot water
– to get into trouble
Traditionally, spelling is an exercise in remembering letters and their arrangement. Is this purely a memory-based ability? or are there better ways for children to learn spelling?
Language is a very useful tool, and its more important to cultivate the love of this tool. Spelling is a means to the goal of written communication. If a child has a desire to learn and explore, they will naturally want to know the construction of words. Encourage children to pick up books to read, and are curious to know what a book says.
It’s good to embed spelling as part of a writing exercise. This removes the stress in getting words spelt correctly, and focuses a child on creating a story. The story is the intended outcome of using language for communication.
- Prepare a list of 5-6 seed words (e.g. goat, tiger, rain, earthquake, grass)
- Seed words are typically nouns
- Ask a child to write a short story using the seed words
- Ask the child to read the story aloud
- Read the story with the child, and correct spelling and grammatical errors using a pen
- When finished, ask the child to write all the corrected errors and the seed words into a word list
Note: Spelling advances with other aspects of english language development. Knowledge of concepts like nouns, verbs, adjectives are important. All children are different, and some children may not like story writing.
Estimated Lesson Time
- Writing Paper, Pencil
- PeakWiki – for sample seed words.
- Lesson Plan: Writing
- Lesson Plan: Grammar
- Lesson Plan: Spelling Lists
Collecting information can be exciting for children. Show them a pre-made questionnaire (about 4 questions) and ask them the questions to fill it in. A sample questionnaire could be about their daily routine, or foods they like to eat.
- Fill in a pre-made questionnaire ( 4 questions). This can be fun as a child thinks through the questions
- Consider making a new questionnaire on the same topic. Think about questions and answer/options can be fun. Consider the potential survey takers (among friends and family) to help suggest possible answers. 4-5 participants should be sufficient.
- Distribute surveys to participants to fill them out. Or fill them out on behalf of the participants in the interest of time.
- Collate the responses into a table, and discuss the results.
Taking surveys leads to concepts in statistics, data visualisation and data analysis. This may look complex, but for 7-9 year olds are already thinking about “who does what” in their own social circles. Formalising these thoughts into a questionnaire, socialising questions can be very exciting.
Developing the survey is an activity in itself as a child thinks through questions and writes them down. They may have to write 4-5 copies of the survey if you don’t have a photocopier at home or in class.
Estimated Lesson Time
- Paper, Pencils, Pens
- PeakWiki – for sample surveys
Geometry is the study of lines, angles, shapes, and space.
- Consider various shapes in your environment (e.g. clock, ruler, table, books)
- Trace these shapes onto a piece of paper
- Consider geometry in nature (e.g. crystals, seeds, beehives)
- Consider geometry using a compass
Estimated Lesson Time
- Lesson Plan: Using a Compass
- Lesson Plan: Geometry Tools
- Lesson Plan: Map Reading
- Lesson Plan: Treasure Hunting