On the first day of the year I pulled out our I want to learn about something cards, and Anna chose the card of human body. So on the library trip we stopped at non-fiction section and I picked the book called How Your Body Works. Honestly, Anna was not thrilled with the book because of its cover – she still has “skeletophobia”. She was making sure every night that this book is not in her room. However, we did read it, and it explains workings of major organs rather well for preschool crowd who is interested in what happens inside the human body. By the way, there is no “where do children come from” section in this book.
I also tried to show Anna an animated segment from ScienceWithMe website. This great link was recommended by Adventures of Bear. I was hoping that maybe learning about Stanley the Friendly Skeleton will help with “skeletophobia”, but it didn’t. Anna freaked about 2 minutes into the segment, but fortunately not before Stanley the Skeleton said something along the lines that he didn’t like to eat and that’s why he is now a skeleton. Well, this opened up another learning opportunity.
Anna is a very picky eater and loves sweets. December was definitely not a good eating month for anyone in the house with all the extra cookies, Advent chocolate and other sweets. What’s worse – the whole day turned into a constant battle with Anna pushing for sweets after each meal and insisting that her afternoon snack should be a cookie. Well, we cracked on this on January 1st. We informed our daughter that she can have chocolate twice a day – after breakfast and after dinner regardless of your behavior and whether she ate poorly or well. The rest of the time we all want to eat healthy food. A new afternoon snack is now fruits or pretzels/crackers with cream cheese. We read some books about healthy eating before, and we reread Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. We also discussed at length which foods are needed for different parts of the body – bones, skin, hair, eyes. And, finally, we did something that falls into “new to us” category. We made pizza from scratch using a recipe from Adventures of Bear.
Anna absolutely loved the whole pizza making experience – helping with the dough, attempting to roll the dough, snacking on the veggies that I was cutting. But her favorite part was sitting in front of the oven watching pizza to rise and informing us every minute what was going on. She really behaved like a scientist – observing and predicting what will happen next. What’s best – she actually ate what she cooked for once, and generally her eating took turn for the better – with more raw vegetables and fruits and more meat. I hope the trend continues, so our little one can stop being the shortest child in her preschool class.
For more science, visit Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.