Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children

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Redleaf Press, Apr 1, 2009 - Education - 224 pages

To counteract the prevalence of childhood obesity and to establish lifelong healthy eating habits, this research-based early childhood curriculum is designed to increase children’s preferences for nutritious fruits and vegetables. The tested “seed-to-table” approach will engage preschoolers in all aspects of planting, growing, and eating organically grown foods. Also included are recipes children can help prepare and ways to involve the whole family in making healthy food choices. These activities can be tailored to fit any early childhood program, climate, or geographical region.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Foreword
3
Preface
5
Part I Preparing the Groundwork
7
Chapter 1 The Early Sprouts Philosophy and Approach
9
Chapter 2 The Nutritional Approach
23
Chapter 3 The Gardening Approach
33
Chapter 4 Preparing Staff for Planting Early Sprouts
45
Seeds and Planting Activities Weeks 1924
123
Chapter 12 The Family Recipe Kits
137
Part 3 Sharing the Harvest
167
Research Process and Results
169
Chapter 14 Adapting and Adopting the Early Sprouts Approach
181
Chapter 15 Parting Words
187
Appendix A Vitamins and Selected Minerals Chart
189
Appendix B Preparing the Garden Site
191

Chapter 5 Involving Families
53
Chapter 6 The Early Sprouts Target Vegetables
61
Part 2 Tending Early Sprouts Week by Week
73
Chapter 7 Introduction to the Curriculum
75
The Garden Activities Weeks 16
81
Bringing the Garden Indoors Weeks 712
95
Indoor Winter Activities Weeks 1318
109
Appendix C Recommended Organic Seed Sources
197
Appendix D Gardening and Vegetable Resources
199
Appendix E Books About Cooking With and For Children
201
About the Authors
203
References
205
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Karrie Kalich, assistant professor of health sciences at Keene State College, is a registered dietitian and earned her PhD from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. She is devoted to conducting community-based research aimed at helping children develop healthy eating habits in an effort to prevent childhood obesity. Dottie Bauer, EdD, is a professor of early childhood education at Keene State College. She has experience as a preschool teacher and an academic background in early childhood, special education, and human development. Deirdre McPartlin, MEd, is the academic program coordinator at Keene State University's Child Development Center. She has a background in preschool and kindergarten teaching and has been a child care administrator.

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