This year we decided to tackle the importance of nutrition. We had covered the basics several years back when the kids were in PreSchool and Elementary School but now it was time to get down to the science of it and why it is so important to eat right. I have found as your children get older just telling them is not nearly enough they need to know the why!
Here is how our 4 week block on Nutrition looked:
1. The first week and this would continue throughout the the next 4 weeks we would keep a food journal. Collecting data on all the foods we ate and what we drank.
2. We looked at all the major systems in our bodies; it is important to have your children learn these systems since our nutritional habits can effect each one. Here’s a list of what we used for the next three weeks.
- My Body: Anatomy for Kids (great for younger kids but we loved coloring all the pictured and mounting them into our main lesson book)
- Another place we found a lot of info on the body systems was Lessons Plans Inc.
- Education World page on The Human Body: An Online Tour was loaded with fun facts!
- National Geographic has several great videos sharing information on the human body.
- Science Kids has videos for each system in the body not overly detailed just enough to get the basics of what they do.
3. Fun for the kids maybe not for you! We decided to take a 24 hour period and eat nothing but JUNK FOOD. As we ate the junk food we documented our moods, how our stomach felt, how much energy we had throughout the day and lastly how we slept that evening. The good news is we ALL decided that junk food is not a very good addition to our diet(even Logan whose nickname is Dr. Doughnuts)
4. Lastly, we created a one month meal plan adding all the foods we enjoyed eating! Getting the kids involved creating the menu was a blessing they each chose a night to cook their favorite meals giving mom the night off♥
Just for fun: One day we went to our local grocer grabbed every exotic fruit and vegetable we could find. We had a ton of favorites like blood oranges, kiwi, star fruit, escarole & meyer lemons and only one dislike the durian fruit. Not a fan of the consistency, smell or taste at!
Join us each week for some SUPER SCIENCE FUN!