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Grandparents and Graphing

Published on September 6, 2013 under I am special

During our ” Begin with Me ” unit there are many opportunities for graphing.  Graphing activities can be used to teach sorting , counting and much more.  Today we looked at our skin color and found a circle closest to the color of our skin.  Then we progressed to put two eyes on and draw a mouth.  Then we talked about hair color.  Emily cracked me up. She said ” I have a little bit of brain and like two blonde hairs. ”  So, I let her mix it up. Its all in our perception right ?






























































We also graphed how many girls and how many boys were in our classroom today . Graphing also gives us the opportunity to talk about words like more and less .  One indicator we look for in development is if a child knows if they are a boy or a girl.   CHECK!


We had two small groups going on today. One group was in the kitchen doing a cooking experience with Ms Dallas. They made bread sticks in the form of their initial .  We do atleast one cooking experience a week  .  Do you allow your child to help you in the kitchen at home ?






















Encouraging kids to try healthier foods isn’t the only benefit of cooking as a family. Among the recommendations in a recent American Heart Association report onoverweight in children and teens were:

  • Reducing the number of meals eaten outside the home.
  • Having structured times for family meals.
  • Offering healthier, low-calorie foods.
  • Involving children in meal planning, shopping, and food preparation.

Indeed, cooking with kids can be the gift that keeps on giving; it has both short-term and long-term payoffs.

Some of the short-term benefits:

  • It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
  • Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
  • Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
  • Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
  • Kids aren’t spending time in front of the TV or computer while they’re cooking.
  • Kids generally aren’t eating junk food when they’re cooking a meal at home.

Some long-term benefits:

  • Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
  • Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.
So whats on your menu this weekend.  ( I am putting a handout in your cubby that talks about cooking with kids in the kitchen . )
We also made gifts for grandparents today. I am putting them in your cubby incase you didnt have plans to attend our Gravy and Grandparents Event on Sunday afternoon at 5:00. If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do.  We made two gifts today for each child so each side of the family will have something.  We read a sweet book about grandmas today too.
Thanks to all that remembered to bring your baby pictures. The kids enjoyed showing them today at circle time.  Fernando’s was one of my favorites. It was a pictures of him at the hospital. Mr Randy was holding Bianca his big sister up in the window to see Fernando  !   Those were the good old days.  When the hospital was close by we would walk over when a sibling was born and take balloons ( from the flower show that was also right up the road ) and see the baby.


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