Teaching Nutrition

25 June 9:00 pm
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by Amy Tjaden News Editor


There are as many ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers. No two families approach homeschooling in the exact same way. They also do not cover the same topics.


The other day I wrote about how the flexibility of homeschooling allows for a wide variety of topics to be covered. Most families cover the basics like math, grammar, etc. From there topics become diverse.


I mentioned the mom who implements gardening in her daily lessons. My kids took a botany class this spring and my 6 year old is currently caring for a tomato plant. Otherwise, that is not a big topic in our house. I don’t have a green thumb and my kids just don’t have a huge interest in gardening. If that interest were to grow, I imagine we would make adjustments to allow for further exploration of that topic.


A topic we do cover is nutrition. I mentioned that my kids have a cooking or baking project every Wednesday. Cooking and baking are hobbies of mine and the kids enjoy doing it with me. Along with this falls the subject of nutrition. I feel it is an important topic and it can easily be combined with topics in biology or when discussing functions of the body. We have a cookbook, The Healthy Body Cookbook, that begins each chapter by introducing a body concept and then giving an activity to do. Then each chapter is full of recipes that contain nutrients needed by that part of the body.


The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has a catalog full of items designed with homeschooling in mind. Items found in the catalog help to educate children on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. For advice on healthy eating and kid-friendly recipes, you can visit Fruits & Veggies More Matters. For interactive, online fun, head over to Fruit & Veggie Color Champions. Nutrition can be a fun topic and you would be surprised at how kids will make good choices when they are informed.


If you have a topic that you explore and you would like to share the details, send an email to [email protected].


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