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Health, Safety, and Nutrition: See

Infants and Toddlers

Health, Safety, and Nutrition: Video 1

Observation

  • Describe the physical setting for this video segment (e.g., how space is arranged, toys and materials available). Who is taking part in the food tasting experience? What does the teacher say and ask as the two toddlers explore and eat the bananas? How do the toddlers respond to the teacher's comments and questions? What does the teacher say to the toddler who reaches for the avocado seed?

Application

  • Which teaching practices does the teacher use to engage the toddlers? Check the "Know" and "Do" sections for ideas.
  • What other practices does the teacher use to keep the toddlers engaged in exploring the banana (e.g., practices that support children's language, cognitive, and approaches to learning skills)?

Reflection

  • The video showed a food tasting experience involving bananas and avocados. Why might the teacher have chosen those foods for this experience?
  • What else might the teacher say to the children to help them learn about healthy and nutritious food?
  • What food tasting experiences have you offered to children in your group? How did you decide what to offer? What did you want the children to learn from the experience? Based on the video, what, if anything, might you do differently the next time you offer a food experience?

Health, Safety, and Nutrition: Video 2

Observation

  • Describe the physical setting for this video segment (e.g., how space is arranged, toys and materials available). What are the teacher and child doing? How does the teacher support the child so she can participate in the routine? What does the child say she wants to do? After the teacher lifts her up to see, what does the child say? How do you know the child has experience with this routine?

Application

  • Which teaching practices does the teacher use to help the child learn to hold a toothbrush and brush her teeth? Check the "Know" and "Do" sections for ideas.
  • What else does the teacher say and do to support skill development in other domains?

Reflection

  • What might be the next step in this child's progression toward brushing her teeth on her own?
  • What other healthy routines might this child be learning or be ready to learn?

Preschoolers

Health, Safety, and Nutrition: Video 3

Observation

  • Describe the physical setting for this video segment (e.g., how space is arranged, toys and materials available). Who is taking part in this exploration of tomatoes? Where are the teachers stationed? What comments and questions do the teachers make and ask? How do the children respond?

Application

  • Which teaching practices does the provider use to help the children learn about tomatoes? Check the "Know" and "Do" sections for ideas.
  • In addition to making comments and asking questions, how do the teachers facilitate this learning experience? Think about the materials provided to the children.
  • What other practices do the teachers use to support children's development and learning in other domains (e.g., practices that support children's language, math, science, and approaches to learning skills)?                                                                              

Reflection

  • Why do you think the teachers chose tomatoes as a food to explore?
  • In the video clip, you saw a short segment where the teacher and children engaged in a large-group discussion about tomatoes. What might she have said or asked to help children learn about healthy and nutritious fruit?
  • As the children explored the tomatoes, what comments or questions might the teachers have made or asked to help children connect tomatoes to other healthy food choices?
  • What food experiences have you offered to children in your group? How did you decide what to offer? What did you want the children to learn from the experience? Based on the video, what, if anything, might you do differently the next time you offer a food experience?

Last Updated: July 18, 2018