Photo of the Day: Fresh Vegetable Cutting

Letting Your Child Help in the Kitchen

Boy Slicing Bread

“Influenced, perhaps, by my early experience at a Montessori school… I am all for encouraging children to work productively with their hands…. It is good to give them knives, for instance, as early as you dare…. to slice a hard-boiled egg neatly and then to fillet a fish. Talk to children as you plan menus. Let their small, sensitive noses sniff the fish as you shop.”
β€”Julia Child, Julia Child & Company

Julia Child encouraged children as young as four years old to fillet fish! But, don’t worry – you can start small and work up to such gourmet endeavors. Young children have a keen desire to participate in everyday family life and love to help in the kitchen. With your guidance they can learn to do so much: preparing snacks and meals, serving, and cleaning up are fun activities that support your child’s growing independence and contribute to the family’s well-being.

The Child-Friendly Kitchen

A child-friendly kitchen includes a low table and chair for eating or working and a low cupboard equipped with child-size dishes, flatware, cooking equipment, and non-perishable food. Reserve a low shelf in the refrigerator for a container with prepared snacks such as cheese and apple slices, and a child-size pitcher of milk or juice. Show your child how to safely grasp, carry, and pour from the pitcher with two hands. Continue reading

4th of July Fun

Better late than never…I have to share a few photos taken last week during our Independence Day Celebration in our Primary Community. As part of our Summer Camp Theme “Natural Art”, our friends used recycled items to create holiday decorations. What a fun way to celebrate our country’s independence!

DSC_0929Red, white and blue fireworks were made using a recycled toilet paper roll as a stamp. (Glitter was added for special affect, of course!)

Fireworks_1 Fireworks_2 Fireworks_3 Fireworks_4Necklaces were made from pre-cut shapes, hole-punched and threaded onto a piece of yarn.
DSC_0915 DSC_0904DSC_0912 DSC_0909Festive red, white and blue garland adorned the room.
DSC_0906One of our friends chose to grade the color tablets in intensity of color, according to what he thought was most patriotic.DSC_0903One of our primary community members proudly displays her 4th of July crown hand-made from a paper plate and painted blue and red.
DSC_0901We hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day/Weekend with their families!

National Youth Art Month – HBMH Style

β€œCreativity is basically an attitude, one that comes easily to young, but must be sustained and strengthened lest it be sacrificed in our too logical world”. (Marzollo and Lloyd, 1972) In our student community, we encourage creativity through the use … Continue reading