Fresh from the Garden

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What’s on the menu today?

Fresh greens and vegetables from the garden, hand-picked and prepared by our very own Kiwi toddler students. Complete with fresh lettuce, parsley, basil, radishes, grape tomatoes, hand-tossed in a vinaigrette dressing. This, along with fresh, steamed carrots, complemented the pizza perfectly!

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Summer Camp at HBMH – 2016

Summer Camp at HBMH – 2016

Photo of the Day: Summer Gardening

Baby peppers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, fresh basil and beautiful flowers continue to grow in this tremendous summer heat! Thank you to our young friends for making sure our plants get plenty of water to drink each day!

Aug_6

Article: “Rise and Shine, What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast”, the New York Times

12EatersAllOver-ss-slide-67SD-master1050_1Very unique look into the variety of breakfast foods our children enjoy all over the world. You’d be surprised by what some people eat, however the photos make everything look delicious!

For breakfast, our HBMH friends enjoy nutritional options such as waffles, turkey sausage, fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, organic oatmeal, and all natural scones with sun butter and fruit, amongst many other things.

Excerpt from the post:

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

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Montessori in the Home: Food Preparation

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The food preparation cabinet used in our toddler community.

Adding a child-appropriate “food preparation” area in the kitchen is an easy way to bring Montessori into your home. This is a simple step towards making your home more “Montessori friendly”, and extremely practical to your family’s every day routine. A food preparation area can include anything from a small cabinet with a few simple kitchen utensils, plates, cups, etc. (keeping the tools within reach of your small child), all the way to a step stool in front of the sink. Preparing and serving food is a natural way for children to experience community. It teaches them that this is meaningful work, that there is a purpose in what they are doing; a true exercise in Practical Life. Continue reading

Chef’s Corner: Maria Montessori and Nutrition

Table SettingAs stated at the end of the Nutritional Mission Statement, you will be empowered with unbiased nutritional knowledge differentiating truths from myths by examining our nutritional mission statement: what does every word mean and why it matters.

“In order to protect the child’s development, it would be well if a large part of the child’s diet could be entrusted to the school.” ~Maria Montessori

I truly believe in Maria Montessori’s quote and I would take it a step further for accuracy and precision by saying “in order to protect the child’s natural development, it would be necessary that the child’s healthy nutrition be entrusted to the school, while in school”.

The Montessori method is the proven scientific observation of the child’s natural development and nurturing it by allowing the child to naturally develop in a natural environment free of artificiality.

My definition of food is natural substances consisting primarily of protein, carbohydrates and fat used in the human body to provide energy, promote health, nourish the soul, sustain growth and repair vital organs through the furnishing of essential nutrients. But, regardless of how food is defined, we all know and agree that food is energy; food to the human body is the equivalent to the fuel and the oil in a car, and it matters what quality of fuel and oil is put in a car. The car’s manufacturer list this vital requirement atop everything else and to make things more interesting every car has a diet of how often the fuel and oil should be replenished and changed, amongst other things, to optimize the performance and therefore the longevity of every car. Unleaded fuel is designed for regular cars and diesel fuel is designed for diesel engines, and even in some high-end luxury cars the grade of the fuel with added additives and the grade of the oil are listed for strict adherence to meet the mechanical needs and the age (mileage) of every car.

The quality and quantity of good natural food that we consume matters, to provide us with the good natural outcomes we desire in regard to sustained energy; mental sharpness; psychological mood and temper; and physiological growth.

Healthy Beginnings: Our name says it all for it all begins at Healthy Beginnings; healthy environment, healthy natural child development, healthy natural materials and healthy nutritional food. Our name was designed to make everything matter to include healthy nutrition and healthy food, it mattered to Maria Montessori and it should matter to you.