Time is passing so quickly, we’ve been very busy over the first month of school and it has been difficult for me to find the time to give you all a decent update of the goings on here at school. Hopefully your children have been sharing with you at home some of the amazing things they are learning about.
Throughout the first month we have been learning about nutrition and exercise and how important these are in order to stay healthy and strong. The children were introduced to the food pyramid and learned of the healthy benefits from each group. They also learned how important it is to eat a variety of foods from all of the groups every day. They learned that whole grains like wheat, oats and rice are an important source of carbohydrates, and that carbohydrates provide the body with energy. They also learned that they should eat a bit from the grains group at every meal. We talked about how grains come from plants just like fruits and vegetables and how plants absorb important minerals through their roots in the soil. These minerals are then absorbed by us and other animals that eat them. The minerals just like vitamins are very necessary for good health. Fruits and vegetables also provide us with vitamins and these vitamins help to keep us from getting sick.
We learned that the protein group helps us build muscles and that many people get a lot of protein from meats, but for those people who do not eat meat they get their protein from nuts and beans. We learned that dairy products supply us with calcium for strong bones and teeth, but we can also get calcium from our green vegetables because of course that is where the cows that make the milk get the calcium anyway. Fats and oils come from both plants and animals and while we do not want too much fats and oils, some kinds are healthy and necessary. Unfortunately things like French fries, potato chips and doughnuts that are cooked in lots of oil are not healthy. We should only eat small amounts of these and sugary sweets for special treats, because of course they do taste good.
In addition to learning about exercise and nutrition we are also learning about our bodies and how they work. We began the unit with how we use our bodies to learn about the world around us. The children learned that the nervous system and the brain work together through our 5 senses to understand the things around us. We also have an anatomy model in the classroom for the children to assemble and disassemble and the children have been introduced to each of the different organs and their jobs. We will continue learning about the body and some of its systems over the next few weeks. Next Tuesday at 1:00 Dr. Robert Yanke, a local audiologist, will visit and teach the children about hearing and the importance of protecting this very important sense. Stay tuned to your child’s news of new discoveries.
Next month we will be discussing what kinds of jobs people do. This offers an excellent opportunity for parents to make an appearance at school to share their professions with the children in their own child’s class. If you can come in and share please let me know and we will set a date for a visit.
Well that’s all the news for now. I hope you all will have a wonderful weekend.