In our Soledad location we use Love & Friendship to boost affective relationships in our children and to honour the value of friendship through a series of different recreational activities, contests and a fun menu to share.
This week in our Soledad location we worked on the habit of punctuality, teaching our kids some strategies that they can use in their daily life to get on time to different places, some the strategies we worked on were: the use of the clock, organizing a routine with the to-do activities and relate it to the times established for the activities of our dining room.
This week in our Soledad location, our nutritional activity had a different focus; we reinforced mathematical competences through fruits and vegetables, with the goal that our beneficiaries familiarize with these foods and at the same time they can strengthen their counting and categorization abilities with elements from everyday life.
In the cafeteria of the Soledad location, we continued reinforcing the food groups, but this time we used a train activity, in which the children had the opportunity to choose their favorite food and go through the seven wagons that made up the train, finding proteins, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, dairy and sugar. With these types of activities we seek to familiarize the children participating in the Food & Health project with the different types of foods and their nutritional benefits in order to strengthen healthy eating habits.
This week in the Soledad location, we worked with the families involved in the Food & Health project on reducing waste in the kitchen by using scraps, peels and seeds, checking our pantry, monitoring the state of our foods, keeping expiration and best by dates in mind in order to get the most nutrients possible out of our food.
At the end of the workshop we chose a few vegetables that are almost always in the pantry to make a salad using these root-to-stem cooking tips, counting on the participation of the parents in the preparation process.
This Thursday in the Soledad location, we developed the Educating at Home project with the parents, where we tackled possible conflict situations within the family dynamic and how to resolve them using assertive communication. Then, towards the end of the workshop we did a communication exercise with the whole group.
In the Soledad location we taught the boys and girls of the Food & Health program about the food groups through an educational roulette. This was a practical and fun activity that involved having them spin the roulette and call out a food that belonged to the corresponding group. As they played, the children learned about the importance of including foods from each group in one’s daily meals, keeping in mind the portion size relative to age in order to maintain a balanced diet.
This week in the Soledad location we carried out our nutritional activity through a fun word game where the children had to create words in the least amount of time possible. Through these activities the children not only learn about healthy nutrition, but they also develop their language skills like writing and spelling.
In the most recent Nutrition Workshop for parents, we made two delicious recipes that highlight the benefits of chickpeas, a protein that helps with healthy bones and muscles, and eggplant, which supports good eyesight if eaten frequently. These workshops promote sustainable and healthy eating habits based on the consumption of vegetable proteins and a variety of unprocessed or minimally processed foods, all of which help maintain good health.
The ‘Learning at Home’ workshops this month focused on dealing with emotions in daily situations using an activity called The Movie of My Life, in which groups created several everyday situations that one might face at home. Then, we came up with suggestions and relaxation techniques to reduce tension and return to a state of calm.