Teachstone is celebrating Week of the Young Child, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We'll be posting articles, videos, activities, and more all week on Facebook and Twitter.
For Tasty Tuesday, we've gathered up a few nutritious recipes for every mealtime, including dessert. These recipes are easy to assemble and make, and your early learners can help out as well. What are your favorite healthy recipes?
The recipe is from Fresh Tastes, via PBS.org.
Baking with young children opens up many opportunities to talk about science and math concepts. Discuss measurements as each ingredient is added in. Ask why each ingredient might be important to the recipe. Invite children to share their observations about the batter, then compare and contrast with the finished product...if you don’t have a mouthful of warm muffin!
The recipe is from Budget Bytes.
Unlike a meat-filled version, this tofu salad does not require any cooking, which means that young chefs can help with nearly every step. This can be served on its own, with crackers, or in whole-wheat pita pockets that help keep small hands from losing the filling. Check out these helpful step-by-step pictures from the original recipe.
Buddha Bowl inspiration from RealMomNutrition.com; chickpea recipe is from Peas and Crayons.
Many children can be wary of mixed-up foods. Give them the agency to build their own nutritious meal in the form of a buddha bowl - a plant-based grain bowl that can use whatever veggies are available. Let children scoop their own base of brown rice, quinoa, or farro; have them add raw, pre-cooked, or leftover vegetables (carrots, edamame, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beets, mushrooms…); give them the option to add a light dressing or not; and offer a protein choice such as chicken, nuts, beans, or these crispy roasted chickpeas.
Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpea Ingredients
The recipe is from Food Network.
This recipe is simple, using only three nutrient-dense ingredients: chia seeds, full of omega-3 fatty acids; fiber- and potassium-rich bananas; and chocolate almond milk, which contains plenty of calcium. Get this dessert started after breakfast or lunch, so that the chia seeds can work their thickening magic. Use the wait time to discuss what the nutrients found in these ingredients do for children’s growing bodies.
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When I was a teacher, I can remember taking care to intentionally plan differentiated, or individualized, instruction. And, when I was teaching pre-K I added the same level of intentionality to which materials were available in interest areas, and how I approached transitions throughout the day.
While any level of intentionally, specifically in relation to planning, is important -- I missed a critical opportunity in being more intentional in my interactions with the children in my class.
There is always an opportunity for interaction. Some opportunities are easily recognizable: times of play, free choice, centers, small group. We often see teachers engaged in activities alongside children during these times or hear questions being asked. Other opportunities might be a little less obvious. These are the times of your day that you might see as mundane moments that merely require your supervision or monitoring. The times where you’re going through the motions. “I’m doing this thing so I can move on to the next thing.”
In a previous blog, colleague and early childhood environment extraordinaire, Heather Sason, discussed how your classroom environment can help promote effective teacher-child interactions. In this blog, I propose we explore some of the often overlooked times in your day that are ripe for interactions with children and that do promote exploration, learning, and development!
It's not uncommon for teachers in early education to need to strike a balance between following children's leads and sticking to the classroom schedule. We know that intentional teachers are aware of their responsibility to assess student progress, understand skill mastery, and plan accordingly to provide opportunities for children to grow. However, many times, as teachers begin a specific teacher-directed activity, it is unsettling when students begin to veer from the step-by-step plans the teacher has worked hard to implement.
Teacher and coach, Colleen Schmit, will share how teachers can strike the balance between following the lesson plans and giving children freedom of choice and flexibility in the classroom.
We’re more than a month into the school year, and many educators and school leaders are feeling tired or burnt out already. That’s normal in any school year, as the newness of back-to-school wanes and the reality of a long year ahead kicks in. But, this year, that tiredness may feel like it has never felt before. Chalkbeat has reported that teacher vacancies are up in 18 of 20 large school districts, and it’s not surprising. Many are exhausted after a difficult year and a half (to put it mildly!). Many are also leaving the profession in droves to find work in competitive environments that provide a substantially larger salary.