Health, Safety, and Nutrition:
Becoming more self-aware begins with examining yourself.
We each bring our experiences, perspectives, and worldview to our work — the good, the bad, and all of the in-between. These are what make us who we are and influence our practice with children, families, and colleagues. We also hold in our minds a picture of our ideal selves. Knowing more about yourself can pave the way to becoming the person and the early educator that more closely matches your ideal self. This first Key to Reflection and Inquiry can help you become more self-aware and intentional in examining who you are now and who you want to become.
Explore the web site ChooseMyPlate.gov. Look for resources that support your program’s nutrition education program. If you do not currently have a strand in your curriculum planning process for nutrition and health, consider what it would take to add it.
Create a plan for nutrition awareness, using resources from this site as the underpinnings. Write the questions and topics that interest you. Explore them with families, with staff, and children. Identify five outcomes you could anticipate from your action. Write up the plan with interactive elements for all members of your learning community.