Last week was the off week for classes and this week we have bad weather + colds (sickness) = only a few students were able to make it.
However, the occasional small class day is a great chance to hang out before/after class. I really think the off-topic conversations are just as important as the learning planned for the day. This week the big concern for a number of mothers is going back to work. Since the start back date is April 1st we are going into the last month at home for many mums.
In today's Baby Signing Time class learned about bugs. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Itsy Bitsy Spider. I was hoping that today we could finally get outside but it was just too cold and wet. Since New Year's we've had either rain or snow on every day I teach!!!
In English class we talked about food for toddlers. It can be a real challenge to come up with healthy food that they will eat!
The first thing we looked at was the Preschooler Food Pyramid from http://www.mypyramid.gov. We also looked at the Canadian Food Guide which has the serving sizes in metric.
I also brought my favorite children's cookbook - Annabel Karmel's First Meals. I love that the recipes she has are mostly made from scratch so I don't have to worry about not being able to find key ingredients. And, as one of the students pointed out, the books has recipes from weaning foods up to 7 yrs. old. Most other books are either for babies and toddlers or for bigger kids. Other features that we all find helpful is the example week-long menus in the back the list of things to keep in your pantry.
Next week is thefinal week for the Mommies English class. Maybe we'll have to try out some of the toddler recipes?