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Tip of the Week
Evidence from nutritionists and literacy experts suggests access to good nutrition and good books are the building blocks to early learning. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child's ability to concentrate and perform well in school. Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years, says the U.S. Department of Education. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, just as access to good books is key to literacy development. To encourage reading and learning about healthy eating, share these recommended books from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Buddig Lunchmeats with your children:
- “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food,” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. “How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up?” Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from mom and dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them.
- “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss. Sam-I-Am tries to convince a nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored - in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat - to no avail. Reading this timeless classic will help your child with phonics, rhyming and language development while learning it really can be fun to try new foods.
- “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” by Judi Barrett. In this whimsical tale there is no need for food stores because all the food falls from the sky. This children's favorite is great for a read-aloud and discussion about where food comes from and how it gets from field to table.
- “I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato,” by Lauren Child. When Charlie is asked to give his little sister, Lola, her dinner, he proves he's more than up to the task. This book explores the fun and imaginative ways Charlie finds to get Lola to eat. It's a great book for role playing and word games and may even get your picky young eater to try something new.
- “The Gigantic Turnip,” by Alexi Tolstoy. This delightful story based on an old Russian folk tale features a fable about planting and harvesting with a wonderful moral.
- “The Lunch Box Surprise,” by Grace Maccarone. When Sam discovers his mom forgot to pack him anything for lunch, his classmates share with him. This multicultural book features simple text perfect for beginning readers.
Family Movie Night
“Robot and Frank”
Length: 89 minutes
Synopsis: Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Violence/scary rating: 2
Sexual-content rating: 1.5
Profanity rating: 3
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5
Family Time rating: 3.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” by Jennifer E. Smith
Synopsis: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Did You Know
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 20 minutes of exercise a day for kids can protect them from diabetes.
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