Excitement and energy revolve around early childhood educational settings. It’s the same energy you may feel from taking a bite of fresh citrus fruit or from the warmth of the sun. I walk into a Head Start classroom and receive smiles, screams, hugs and so much excitement and energy! Continue reading
NE Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood and Iowa Association of Education of Young Children recently attended the Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice National Meeting at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington D.C. the end of March. The meeting was sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Policy Equity Group. Continue reading
Warm rays of sunshine, a bit of rain showers, singing birds and flitting robins…spring is finally here! It is time to dust off the bikes and air up the tires, lace up and the sneakers and get outside! Fayette County has lots to offer with many opportunities to eat fresh and local as well as to get out and explore. We have state, county, and city parks perfect for an afternoon of play and activity. In the coming week’s Notes from the Field will spotlight some of Fayette County’s great outdoor areas. Continue reading
There is an interesting history behind National Library Week. It relates so well to our NE Iowa Food & Fitness 5-2-1-0 message. How you might ask? Continue reading
Who knows? However, the West Side preschoolers in Decorah who recently studied chickens and eggs with their F 2ECE program had a great time investigating it. Continue reading
Studying oats and making granola bars at Turkey Valley Preschool.
This post is sort of an English lesson.
Let’s look at a preposition. A preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence. Prepositions are usually short words, and they are normally placed directly in front of nouns. Continue reading
Research has shown that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier, and stronger.
If you have any children in your life I recommend you take time to read this book – this is a must read book and it good for adults as well. Continue reading
There is no way around the fact that cooking with children can be a little messy. Crumbs and spills aside, cooking with children is a great way to spend quality time and teach important skills like measuring, counting, fractions and following directions. Not to mention the fact that children will be more likely to taste something they helped to make. Below is a recipe roundup of dishes that are fun to make and eat with kids. Continue reading