Let’s Move, Let’s PlayOur fitness and health curriculum incorporates exercise and fitness activities such as aerobics, dance, sports, yoga, gross motor skills, and balance. Children work out and learn about overall health, anatomy, nutrition, healthy food choices, and exercise. Children also build motor skills, learn about physical fitness, and lay the foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle. Teachers use the curriculum to help develop self-esteem and positive associations with exercise, healthy eating, and rest. The program begins in our infant classrooms with baby yoga activities and continues through the toddler, preschool, and kindergarten programs with fun developmental exercises, rhythmic activities, movement explorations, self-testing activities, and games to promote healthy development.
The nutrition component of the curriculum increases children’s food preferences for and consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy products, connects children to their food supply through a unique “seed to table” curriculum centered around a working garden, and addresses their fear of new foods through multiple exposures to fruits and vegetables. Teachers and children plan, plant, and harvest a center garden. Children engage in gardening, cooking, and taste tests activities. The curriculum includes resources for families such as parent letters, take home tasting kits, storybooks, and recipes to help establish an approach to healthy eating both at school and at home.