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Little Learners with Big Actions
 

19 Dec 2018

Having a healthy diet means having a happy lifestyle. Under the transdisciplinary theme “Who We are”, our aim was to instill the right nutrition choices in the classroom to help the learner abide by them all along his/her life. To start with, we introduced our learners to the basic food pyramid in order to show the various food groups that we should select our meals from. The learners also watched videos and listened to stories about healthy choices, keeping germs away, sleeping early, getting enough hours of sleep, exercising, and many other healthy habits. As teachers, we exposed them to real-life experiences such as meeting a dentist that discussed with them the effects of sugar on our teeth. To our surprise, we discovered that one of the students actually decreased the amount of sugar he consumed! This learner inquired about chocolate, the most desired thing any child can ask for, but it was decreased in quantity for many learners after knowing how much sugar it contained. Another effective learning engagement is an experiment called “Eggs in liquids” where the learners got to recognize the impact of an acid on the calcium in the eggshell, as well as the teeth. They were able to identify the healthy and unhealthy habits, making them develop a series of fascinating self-initiated actions, some of which not only affected them but their families too. Young learners decided to stop eating fried potatoes and drinking canned juice and to replace them with baked potatoes and fresh juice respectively. Another took the risk to taste mangoes and felt so bad she had missed eating this yummy fruit before. In addition, some learners used not to eat proteins, yet by the end of this unit they were in love with meat and chicken since they figured out that they should include all food groups in their meals throughout the day. However, the most mesmerizing action done was a schedule the learners set for their parents distributing different types of sandwiches on the days of the week. This conveyed that they have totally understood that they have to eat various breakfast meals throughout the week. 20 out of 26 learners abide by the schedule till this moment! To conclude, there are diverse ways we can abide by to show the kids our right perspective towards various issues and to successfully implement healthy habits in our youngsters. In the end, what demonstrates the significance that this unit has left on the little learners is the big action that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, making them life-long learners that think beyond the limits of the walls of the classroom.

Darine Yassine & Mariam Baghdadi
KG3 Homeroom Teachers
Preschool Department