While academic qualifications are accomplished in a fixed time span, learning is endless and lifelong. This is a mindset we instill in our students, over the years. Like the sculptor Michelangelo, we want them to never become complacent with how much they know. Instead, they should constantly measure their progress with how much they don’t know.
Play dough has immense potential for learning. Not only does it strengthen fingers in preparation for a lifetime of writing, it teaches fine motor skills, creativity, and hand-eye coordination. Add some beads to the dough for a fine-motor exercise, or get the kids threading beads on to lengths of dried spaghetti held in the dough, for extra play-value.
Letting children run wild with paints and drawing tools allows them to experience their world in a sensory way and develop self-expression, whilst also developing pre-writing skills. Furthermore, it’s an invitation to learn about colours, mixing, and good-old tidying up!
Let the children loose with a bunch of dressing-up clothes and props such as toy doctor’s kits, and let their imaginations run wild. Soon you’ll discover the budding doctor, vet, nurse, astronaut, chef or thespian. Dressing-up helps children to begin to make sense of the adult world, roles, and interests, as well as boosting social interaction.
Singing and music hugely help to develop language and form the basis of literacy skills, as well as basic mathematical concepts such as counting. Furthermore, they begin to develop rhythm, whilst also refining their listening skills. Dancing helps the child develop strength and coordination, and flexibility.
Fruits and vegetables provide a major chunk of dietary fibers, vitamins, and nutrients in the body and help in reducing the risks of some diseases and disorders. There’s no doubt that any flavor of 100 percent fruit juice is healthy. It’s packed with vitamins and heart-healthy antioxidants.
A lot of the sweets are made with natural colours and flavourings. Sugar free sweets also have the advantage that they do not cause tooth decay which is important as boiled sweets can be in contact with the teeth for a long time. Some of the sweets such as the Simpkins lollipops have added vitamin C.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend eating a wide variety of mostly whole grains. Grains are good sources of fibre, carbohydrates, protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Grains are an essential part of a healthy diet, providing nutrients and energy for a child’s normal growth and development.