Maria Montessori believed that mealtime is also an opportunity for children to learn. From infancy when children learn to sit independently, Montessori children are given child-sized tables and chairs and are taught to feed themselves. They learn hands-on experience by using real glasses and plates. They practice signing please and thank you, as well as serving themselves and others. Meal times can also be a chance for children to learn about different foods, health, and nutrition.
When teachers understand what health and nutrition mean for children at different stages, they are better able to encourage and promote healthy living with the children. H&H Child Care Training Center offers several courses in health and nutrition to assist providers with making appropriate choices for the children they serve.
On My Plate: Children's Nutrition
Just as Maria Montessori believed that mealtime is an opportunity to learn, H&H believes that educators always have an opportunity to learn new practices and strategies to improve instruction. Being open to new approaches is essential for successful educators. All children are different and so educators must use a variety of developmentally appropriate practices to help all children learn. Keep on learning! Check back with H&H Child Care Training Center often to see what new courses we have available.