It seems that there is a very positive shift taking place when it comes to children’s health and nutrition. More and more information about healthy choices – whether it be physical activity, personal well being, or nutrition and diet – is available than ever before, and more organizations and institutions are taking an active part in informing and assisting families with these choices.
Nutrition and Health in the Montessori School: Healthy Eating Tips and ResourcesEven schools are developing “healthy kids” campaigns which focus on educating teachers, students and parents. These kinds of programs encourage everyone to learn more about health and nutrition, helping to develop simple ways for improving diet, beginning with choices made in the grocery store or supermarket. I have had the happy experience of launching two such campaigns for Montessori schools in which I have worked, both with very positive results. With the participation of parents, the results were noticeable. Within a few weeks, with children bringing more nutritional meals and snacks to school, we observed improved behavior and attention in our Montessori students. Parents, too, were seeing similar, significant changes at home.
The Montessori philosophy emphasizes environment as being pivotal in the healthy development of children. This encompasses the classroom, the home, and even the community. In this, the first part of a two-part series, we offer some web links that provide information and ideas about healthy nutrition for children. In Part 2, we’ll discuss further ideas for planning and implementing a “healthy kids” initiative that Montessori teachers, parents and students will enjoy and benefit from.
Always do your best to model the food habits you wish your Montessori students to adopt. After all, who better to direct them down the path to good nutrition than their Montessori guide?
Here are some healthy eating ideas and resources:
- Heathy Eating - Tips for a Healthy Diet
- Nutrition for Kids and Teens
- Eat Right - American Dietetic Association
- Healthy Eating - Kids Health
- Children's Health - Mayo Clinic
- Children's Nutrition Guide
- Healthy Eating Plate and Pyramid - Harvard School of Public Health
Modeling Good Nutrition in the Montessori Classroom.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, April 24, 2009.