In addition to building strong bones and muscles, research shows that physical activity has a positive effect on learning, attention and overall academic performance. Coupling that with healthy eating habits helps prepare our young students to perform better and make wiser choices for themselves.
To better prepare the preschool and kindergarten students at Saint John the Apostle School in Clark, healthy snack preparation lessons will be introduced into their classrooms. Not only will they learn, hands-on, how to prepare a healthy snack, they will get to complete creative activities like drawing/designing their own snacks and naming them! Through the lessons the young students will have the opportunity to build on their current skills learning new basic concepts such as:
• Math skills – learning how to count ingredients
• Language skills – introducing new words into their vocabulary
• Sensory exploration – learning about different senses such as touch, taste, smell, etc.
• Confidence building – an opportunity to feel good about accomplishing something new
• Creativity – trying new things and experimenting with different ingredients
Preparing healthy snacks in school helps the students learn how to do things independently, including being able to make healthy food choices on their own. These choices will often transfer back home, incorporating family support behind daily nutrition habits. To drive the lessons home and further support families, each student will take home a healthy living newsletter as well as some sample recipes from the lessons.