Yesterday I blogged about my new weight loss goal so I thought a good little follow-up post would be about teaching nutrition to our kids. 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.
Most families cover the basics like math, grammar, etc. But from there, the topics can become more diverse.
I have a homeschooling friend who implements gardening in her daily lessons. She suggested I go to a botany class, so last spring I took my niece and nephew–they now both love working in the garden and tending to their tomato plants. I on the other hand, don’t have a green thumb and could kill almost any plant in our house if it weren’t for the Aqua Globes!
Some of you might not have a green thumb, like me, but the topic of nutrition might be a good one to teach your kids anyway! I love to cook and bake a lot–and whenever the kids are here (Niece and Nephew –no kids of our own yet) we always have a cooking or baking project in the works. 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. It will also help you to know which foods pack the most nutritional value. I bet you’ll be surprised with some of them!
Never stop learning,