Week of the Young Child! 2017

Honoring Young Children!  The Week of the Young Child is Here!

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It is that time again to focus our attention on all the wonderful things we love about young children!

Enjoy this week admiring and appreciating your students and children during this very special and vital time in their lives.

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The Early years are an extremely important time in a person’s life and making sure the experiences they go through are rich and varied will help each child develop the much-needed skills to tackle our difficult world later in life.  Value their first attempts at everything they try.  Be there to support, guide and uplift when it counts!  Children look up to their parents, teachers and even older siblings, so support young children by being there for each as they engage in this diverse world.

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Children grow fast and they experience so much during those years of constant development and change.  Allow your child or student to explore art, music, sports, dance, literacy, math, science, technology, nature and so much more!  Be there with them to live those experiences and share all the joys that come with those life moments.

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101_6467  The Marigold School of Early Learning is a Reggio Emilia inspired Preschool Specifically Designed for Children Ages three to five!

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Heidi Scott has been teaching and in education for almost 20 years!  She has a Bachelor’s In Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching Grades Pre-K -Eight.  Join this small progressive community valuing early learning and the importance of early education!

The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

 

Spring!

The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂 

101_6435Spring is finally here!!  Red tulips are in full bloom.  I love watching tulips small buds slowly open.  

101_6442Grape hyacinth is also in full bloom and very vibrant.

101_6441Each year the tulips multiply and form such a lovely outdoor bouquet.

 

101_6438The inside of a tulip is similar to the sunshine bursting!

Heidi Scott has a Bachelors in Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preK- Eighth.

Why is a healthy snack so important?

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Healthy food is not only important for the three main meals a day for growing bodies and minds.  Often times preschool aged children will attend programs that provide snacks, yet these snacks are usually high carb, simple sugar, low fiber and sometimes contain food coloring.  These types of snacks usually rate about a 5 on a scale of 1-10 because they do offer water, milk, fruit, veggies and nuts.  However, children feel the effects of these simple carbs too quickly and end up with a huge burst of energy and then they start to crash and become grumpy, tired, irritable etc. you get the picture.  Is this the child’s fault for eating the snack?  No!  We adults should be keeping up with what nutrition young bodies and minds need not just at home, but in every environment, children engage in.  When children are in preschool they are using a lot of cognitive and physical energy to get through their day.  They are learning and gaining new knowledge and let’s face it, that is not always easy work, it is demanding and challenging and requires the right kinds of fuel for children to keep the energy they need at a level appropriate for their growing minds and bodies.

101_3786 I like to provide organic, gluten free and dairy free snacks that consist of fruits, vegetables, gluten-free whole grain crackers, nuts, seeds and nut butter along with water.  The snacks I have planned are like mini meals because I want children to consume healthy foods for longer attention, steady and consistent energy and I want to expose them to foods they may not have tried at home before.  I have had students who enjoy eating carrots at school and not at home just because it was served differently, but sometimes I have introduced a fruit or vegetable that a child has not tried yet and sure enough they realize it tastes great and want more!

100_9153When we simply don’t have the sugary, food colored simple carb options available children don’t think about them or want them.  When children can be a part of making their snacks and serving themselves they learn how to eat healthily, how not to waste food and, how to read their body’s signals when they are full and satisfied.  The energy output is much more even-paced and moods improve and stay uplifted throughout their time at school.  This doesn’t mean that if children are exposed to all those sugary goodies once in a while that they will not want them, but not having them around can really curtail the desire for them.  And don’t we all want children to grow up healthy, strong and capable?  Let’s feed them organic healthy snacks without the sugar and food coloring. 

 

Heidi Scott is an experienced Teacher with a Master’s in Teaching.  Please walk, ride a bike or drive to The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

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