Breakfast: the Most Important Meal of the Day!

Breakfast is often the hardest meal for parents to get their children to eat. We have always heard that it’s “The most important meal of the day,” but is it really that important for you? According to numerous studies on child development and health, the answer is yes.

Why is breakfast so important?

Breakfast is important for healthy growth because it’s the fuel that your child’s mind and body needs.

Energy in the morning will help your child stay attentive and alert during school or play. Without breakfast, your child might doze off or get distracted during class. Ensuring they eat well before heading out the door can keep your child positive and prepared for their entire day.

Breakfast is good for keeping your child’s metabolism running smoothly too. Eating at the same time every morning can improve their metabolism. This can help your child stay in shape, decrease the chances of developing heart disease and keep them active.

Also, certain nutrients like fiber and healthy fats found in common breakfast foods act as brain boosters for your child! The brain needs fuel to perform and develop properly, just like any other organ in the body. Eating the right foods in the morning can improve memory and concentration for the day and keep your child’s brain developing.

What to eat for breakfast

Sometimes, it can be difficult to get your child to eat in the morning. Whether they’re not hungry or they just don’t know what they want to eat, it’s still important for your child to have breakfast every day. The best way to get them to eat is to start preparing something nutritious.

The most important nutrients for childhood development are complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here are a few examples of where to find them and what they do:

Complex Carbohydrates: Whole grains like brown rice or wheat fill our stomachs up with less calories than those that are found in white bread.

Protein: Lean protein from turkey, nuts or egg whites is great for muscle growth and repair.

Healthy Fats: These come from fish oil and some fruits like avocado, and are good for brain function.

Fiber: Eating vegetables and fruits that have skins will help the body flush out toxins.

Make breakfast exciting, but healthy

Some children don’t like breakfast foods, and others get queasy at the thought of eating so early. To get your child to eat in the morning, try thinking outside the box!

Do they want spaghetti and meatballs? Use brown rice pasta with turkey meatballs. How about a burrito? Wrap some chicken breast and avocado with black beans in a corn or wheat tortilla. Does your child like smoothies? Put strawberries and bananas in a blender with ice and a scoop of natural peanut butter.

You can prepare any of these nutritious breakfasts the night before or with your child in the morning. Changing up the menu, but keeping the healthy nutrients, can make breakfast an exciting start to the day for your child and ensure healthy all-around development!

 

How Prep Feels About Fueling Growth

At Prep Academy Schools, we are passionate about the overall development of each of our students. Our goal is to help children reach their full physical and academic potential at every point in the day, which begins with a nutritious breakfast that fuels fun and growth!

Sports: Benefits for the Body and Mind

Sports, or any physical activity, are crucial for a child’s development and well-being. Whether organized by a school, a club or just a few friends in their free time, sports offer countless opportunities for a child’s physical, social and emotional growth!

Physical Benefits

Getting active is important for young children who are at a stage in life where physical development occurs quickly. Specifically, sports help with physical growth in these ways:

Motor skills: Hand-eye coordination and timing come with movement and practice. Sports are perfect for training both.

Bone and muscle development: Occasional resistance stimulates the growth and strengthening of muscles and bones. Too much can hurt growth though, so don’t let your child go without rest.

Stronger vision: Taking in an appropriate amount of natural light will decrease the probability of your child developing vision problems in the future. But on really sunny days, a hat or glasses should still be worn to protect your child’s eyesight.

Social Benefits

Almost every organized sport is played with teams. The competition, and the team dynamic itself, comes with perks and lessons for your child:

Team skills: Communication, understanding rules and the importance of sharing are vital skills your child will learn when playing sports.

Friend group: Your child may not like every person on their team but spending time with other children at practice can foster strong friendships.

Confidence: Making friends is not always easy, but playing sports with other children offers opportunities for your child to practice introducing theirself and feeling like they are a part of the group.

Emotional Benefits

When it comes to developing emotional traits and qualities, childhood is an important time in a person’s life. Organized sports not only help build a strong foundation for emotional growth, but also have some added benefits:

Self-esteem: Being a part of a team can give your child a sense of importance, and going to practice to get better can offer a sense of accomplishment as well.

Lower stress: “Letting it out on the field,” is sometimes very healthy. Sports can be a physical outlet for stress, leading to improved sleep and a longer attention span.

Emotional recognition: By playing sports, children will learn that they must control their anger and recognize their emotions in order to keep a clear mind and perform well.

Choosing a Sport

Ultimately, it should be up to your child what sport they would like to play. Moreover, you should accept and support their decision. However, there will be times when your child will want to quit when things get hard. At that point it’s up to you to evaluate what would be best for your child’s physical, social, and emotional development.

To get started you can go online to find local clubs for age-appropriate sports, or find out what sports your child’s school offers after class. You can also observe your child during playtime and see what they like to do!

 

Sports and Activities with Prep

At Prep Academy Schools, we passionately seek to guide the growth every student through an innovative curriculum and a healthy balance of work and play. We have a variety of after-school enrichment programs that children can join to be physically active and develop important life skills.

5 Healthy Hobbies for Preschool Children

Hobbies are activities that are meant to expand the mind, develop skills and pass the time. They can reduce stress or be a creative outlet, but most importantly, they help with the physical, emotional and mental development of children.

Hobbies give preschool children the chance to express themselves in healthy ways that let them practice setting goals and planning how to achieve them. Allowing your child to explore their interests and put them into practice can bring out the best in your child, especially when they dedicate themselves to a hobby that is geared towards growth.

Here are 5 examples of hobbies that are healthy for your child’s development:

Origami 

This is the art of folding paper into particular shapes. There are instructions online, and even books, on how to make boats, dogs, 3D shapes, almost anything! This is a hobby that works as an age-appropriate challenge for any child because there are so many structures to fold with varying difficulties. Origami develops fine motor skills, exercises patience and ends with very satisfying results that you can see and hold. Plus, all your child needs is paper!

Drawing 

This is a classic pastime for children because it can be done anywhere at any time. While the results might not be very organized for every preschool child, the actual process of putting pencil to paper is sometimes the most fun part. Whether it’s about what they make or how they do it, drawing teaches children how to express themselves in as many ways as they can imagine.

Collecting Rocks 

Any kind of collection would work, but rocks are a great place to start. There are all sorts of rocks of different colors, shapes and sizes that may catch your child’s eyes, and they can be found anywhere you go. It requires careful observation of nature and ordering skills. As a parent, it tells you a little more about your child too.

Gardening 

Getting your hands dirty is one of the best forms of learning by experience. It’s highly involved and very satisfying, especially when your child sees the fruits of their labor, literally! Gardening requires care and responsibility, which will benefit your child’s development in the long run. It’s good for the earth, produces healthy food and can be relaxing if your child wants it to be.

Reading 

If your child wants to further explore their interests, books are some of the best tools for it. There is so much information on pretty much anything your child could think of. All they need is a book, a quiet reading nook, and some time to themselves. Reading improves language skills, vocabulary and sometimes, creativity. They can read stories to play with their imagination, or books that show them how to make things. If knowledge is power, then books are batteries.

 

There are so many hobbies to choose from that help children grow and learn. They just need your help to get started! Many of these hobbies have lessons to learn already built in. Talk to your child and watch them carefully to see how they express their interests. You might be surprised by what they like to do!

What Prep Academy thinks about Hobbies

At Prep Academy Schools, we want to bring out the best in all of our preschool students. With the help of our caring, nurturing and certified teachers, we dedicate ourselves to finding out what each child needs to grow and develop their passions. Through hobbies, technology and experiential learning, we believe in helping our children excel.