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Why I Let Children Eat Dessert First

Why I Let Children Eat Dessert First

     Conventional wisdom has taught us that children have to be told to eat their meals before they can have dessert. Instead of teaching children healthy eating habits, however, I believe this rule can actually foster an unhealthy relationship with food, and creates potential conflict where none needs to exist.     Sweets Should Not Be A Reward; Healthy Food Is Not A Chore           Making children eat their healthy food before they can have their sweets causes them…

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Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Transitioning to family style dining can be an intimidating task for many teachers. Its easy to imagine a free-for-all occurring when the children have direct access to the meal, or mounds of spilled food all over the floor. In order for family style dining to work, you have to be prepared and you will need lots of patience. To begin, child-sized dishes and utensils are a must. If things are too big, the children will not be able to manipulate…

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Train Buffet

Train Buffet

This morning we set up a train buffet for morning snack. Before the children arrived, I used painters tape to make a train track around one of our classroom tables.   When it was time to eat, I set out different snacks in bowls around the the track. We told the children that these were stations where they could load their trains.   For the trains, I cut the tops off of several egg cartons and cut the bottoms in half lengthwise….

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