Preschool students have a very busy day, and eating a well-balanced lunch is important. Parents whose young children may be picky eaters tend to be concerned that their child is eating enough. In trying to ensure that happens, they pack many choices, hoping the child will at least eat something. The reality is, when faced with too many items, children eat less - not more - because they are overwhelmed by choices. When multiple choices are treats or desserts, they may want to eat only those, and resist eating what we term their “growing” or healthy food.
The most frequent lament I hear from preschool parents at the beginning of the year is that their children aren’t giving them any information about their day.
To the question, “What did you do today?” they are likely to respond, “Nothing,” “I don’t remember,” or “I played.”
Often children need to wind down before they are ready to share the details of their day. Therefore, go easy with questions as soon as you see them; scatter them through the time you spend together after school, at dinner and getting ready for bed. The type of question you ask will also make a difference in the amount and quality of information they share.
Thinking is hard.
That is to say: real, active thinking is hard. Solving a problem or investigating a complex issue is the kind of thinking that requires complete focus - the kind of thinking that makes your brain hurt the same way your muscles do in a strenuous physical task.
Topics: Elementary Education
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