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Raising Healthy Kids

We all want what is best for our children. But, sometimes, what is best is not so clear. In this issue of Well1st Newsletter, we demystify five very common nutrition misconceptions for preschoolers, so that you can better guide your little one into a happy, healthy life:

Myth #1: Fruit juice is healthy

Think again. We often think of fruit juices as great sources of vitamins for our preschoolers, but we forget about the sugar load we are feeding them with. A cup of 100% orange juice has 6 teaspoons of sugar – the same amount as an equal serving of soda! The same is true for apple juice, and grape juice beats them both, with 8 teaspoons of sugar per cup. Excess sugar increases your 2 child’s risk of obesity and all its related diseases.

Solution:

Fruit is the best choice. All fruits are loaded with vitamins, have fiber that keeps their little guts healthy, have a third of the sugar that juice has, and most important, children love them! If you are having a hard time eliminating fruit juice from your child’s diet, limit it to 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day. If they are thirsty, the healthiest choice is always water.

Myth #2: I should limit my preschooler’s intake of fat

You might benefit from a low-fat diet, but that is not necessarily the case for your preschooler. Fats help build connections between the nerve endings of your child’s brain, which is necessary for brain development at their young age. Whole milk, cheese and yogurt are especially important for 1-2 year olds because they contain saturated fat, which plays a mayor role in building the nerve connections we mentioned earlier. Most children 2 years and older can switch to 1% fat milk and dairy products, which still contain a healthy amount of fat for their brains, while preventing excess weight gain. Fish, olive and canola oils, avocados and peanut butter are other examples of fat sources your child will surely love and benefit from.

Myth #3: Offering candy, as a reward for eating their veggies, is a good idea

Candy, chips, fries, ice cream – we’ve all offered them as rewards to our children for eating their veggies or finishing their meals. What we are actually doing, is teaching them that the unhealthy foods are more desirable than the healthy ones: “Ice cream must be great, if mommy gives it to me when she considers that I am behaving well”. This can also lead to seeking the so-called “comfort foods” when feeling stressed, anxious, or sad as adults. 

Solution:

Offer your child a variety of healthy options to pick from. Maybe they can pick between carrots, peas, or broccoli when deciding a veggie for dinner. They are more likely to eat a food if they were part of the decision-making process. You can also offer a healthy reward unrelated to food: “after we finish all of our veggies, we can go to the park.”

Myth #4: Once a picky eater, always a picky eater

Good news. Picky eating in preschool is not only common, but also a perfectly normal part of a child’s development. Children like security, consistency, and familiarity. It is no wonder that they pick the few foods that they know will assure them a pleasant experience. More than likely, they will grow out of this phase.

Solution:

It can take up to 10 exposures to a new food before a preschooler accepts and likes it. So don’t give up! Try to expose your child to one new food per week.

Myth #5: I have no power over my child’s taste and food preferences

On the contrary, you have a great deal of power over what your child will like and choose now, and as an adult. A child’s palate (taste and texture preferences) develops during the first 2 years of life. The foods they are exposed to during this time will shape what they crave in the future.
Solution:

Expose them to the foods you want them to like, and don’t forget the power of example. If your child sees you eating and enjoying veggies regularly, he or she will probably pick up on that behavior eventually.

Coffee Morning: Raising Healthy Kids:

100% Readiness Program by the State of Florida

Last year was remarkable for Edu1st preschools.

2014-2015 VPK Program Rate was 100% in all of our Broward preschools:

All are contributors to the amazing VPK scores of Edu 1st Schools:

  • VPK Teachers & Assistants: Delivery and knowledge of what needs to be taught and how
  • School Leaders: Guiding and coordinating of all details
  • Families: For their support and trust

 Everyone and everything impacts learning, the environment and the results! Hard work and effort is always worth it.

Congratulations to all the team! We are super proud of all of you!

 

 
 

LIVE WITH PASSION

We will celebrate this value by sharing this words from our Older Two's Teacher:

During our class discussions this little boy Christian always shared how he loved going to the beach or pool with his mom and dad. This represents how much fun he had during water play because of the connection with his parents and his experience with swimming.

#BeTheChangeLiveVESS

Pembroke Pines Preschool

Preschool Florida

Passion and Enthusiasm = Success!

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Our Corporate History

Education 1st Inc. is an educational organization committed to providing a challenging and enriching environment of early childhood education for children growing in a 21st impact not only on children, but also on parents, educational providers, and the community.

We are an organization with five Early Childhood Centers in South Florida, two international schools in Bogota, Colombia, and several partner institutions that have been inspired by our VESS Curriculum and are in training and implementing our proposal.

 

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WE ARE ONE!

English

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the company, teachers, directors and all Edu1st Schools’ staff, undertook the task of participating in recreational activities, which integrated and brought the team together.

During the event, the company’s values were presented and special awards were given to those who live Edu1st values day by day.

¨If I was excited about my work before; now, after this event, I'm much more excited. Thank you for motivating me to take my position in the preschool”, were the words of one of the teachers at First Steps International Academy, who participated in this event.

There is no doubt this event was a success for the company where the outstanding work of an entire team was admired and recognized.

"Thank you to everyone for your passion and dedication!! 15 years impacting the world and it is all thanks to this extraordinary team!!! THANK YOU!!¨ was what Ana Maria Fernandez expressed during her speech at the event, while saying thanking us for all the work done by Edu1st’s magnificent team.

Spanish

El 24 de Enero del 2014, el equipo de Edu1st se reunió para celebrar una ocasión especial en 1100 South Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317 Con el fin de celebrar el 15 aniversario de la compañía, los maestros, directoras y todo el staff de los colegios de Edu1st, se dieron a la tarea de participar en actividades recreativas, las cuales integraron y unieron a todo el equipo.

Durante el evento también se presentaron los nuevos valores que representan a la compañía y se dieron premios especiales a quienes muestran día a día estos valores durante su jornada laboral.

¨Si antes estaba emocionada por mi trabajo , ahora después de esto estoy muchísimo mas. Mil gracias por haberme motivado a tomar mi cargo en el preescolar¨ fueron las palabras de una de las profesoras del colegio First Steps International Academy, quien participo durante este evento.

Sin duda este evento fue un éxito para la empresa, en donde se admiró y se reconoció el extraordinario trabajo de todo el equipo.

¨Gracias a todos por su pasión y dedicación!! Han sido 15 años impactando al mundo y todo es gracias a este extraordinario equipo. GRACIAS!!¨ fue lo que Ana María Fernandez expreso durante su discurso en el evento, agradeciendo por todo el trabajo realizado por su magnifico equipo.