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News Bulletin

October 2013 Bridgeport Child Development Center A program of One Hope United 3053 S. Normal Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 312.842.5566


Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum



4. Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when its 100%, but kids dont need much of it 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers. 5. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but dont turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods. 6. Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and dont skip meals.

Kids and Food: Tips for Parents

Its no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlate food guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing. The good news is that you dont need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. These basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight: 1. Parents control the supply lines. You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids wont go hungry. Theyll eat whats available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isnt all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they dont feel deprived. 2. Quit the clean-plate club. Let kids stop eating when they feel theyve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesnt help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, theyre less likely to overeat. 3. Start them young. Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food on several different occasions for a child to accept it. Dont force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

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October Focus: Oral Health

As you have seen, Head Start and Bridgeport Child Development Center are dedicated to the oral health of your children. Head Starts standards mandate that for children two years and older are to brush their teeth at least once daily after a meal. At BPI, we brush teeth after breakfast and after lunch. Oral health will be discussed during our October Parent Meeting. Family Support Staff will review the importance of caring for your childs teeth, tips to prevent dental disease and gingivitis, how much sugar is too much for children and getting the most nutritious food for your money. They will also discuss the dental care that Head Start requires and any support services parents may need in having their child seen by a dentist. Here are some ways you can promote good oral health in your children: Brush your childs teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Young children will want to brush their own teeth, but they will need help until their hand skills are better. Assistant your child in brushing their teeth until they are about 7- or 8-years-old. Serve healthy meals and snacks like fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and milk products, whole grain products, meat, fish, chicken and eggs. Limit the number of sugary snacks your child has in a day. Do not give your children food as rewards. Take your child to the dentist by their first birthday, and continue to take them. Ask your dentist what you can do to keep your childs mouth healthy. Make sure to schedule appointments as often as your dentist would like to see your child. Let your Head Start program know if you need help or have questions about oral health. Resources%20Families/oral-health-family-tips.pdf

Classroom Stories
Room 2 The school year is now underway for Room 2s Buddy Bears! Our daily schedule and rules of the classroom have been the topics of conversation for the first few weeks of school in order to make sure our new friends are comfortable in the classroom. We have read such books as, Wemberly Worried, to help talk about nervous or scared feelings for the new school year. Our returning Buddy Bears have been incredibly warm and helpful to our new friends joining the class. We have learned our welcome song, played name games, and have been working on taking turns to show that we care for one another. Buddy Bears are off to a great start for the 20132014 school year!

Room 4 Room 4 have been working on taking turns in the classroom and learning how to be a good friend. The children are also working on sharing and learning how to wait for items or toys they are interested in while others are using them. Room 4 has also been working on Pedestrian Safety. Students have been learning to cross the street by holding their partners hand and following their teachers directions. Lastly, Room 4 classroom has also been working on learning the new songs, finger plays and rhymes.

Room 5 This month, the students in Room 5 were so engaged in learning All About Me. Students learned that each one of us is unique and specialeven our twin friends in class are a bit different. Children also began to build social/emotional skills by continuing to make new friends in their classroom and around the Center. Room 5 students learned about their new friends by asking questions with the support of the teachers. Children began to journal their responses with words and pictures. We learned to vote our favorite color and made a book about ourselves.

October 2013






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