Attending live Seminars is highly recommended, as it is important to your academic success. The Seminar allows you to review the important concepts presented in each unit, discuss work issues in your lives that pertain to these concepts, ask your instructor questions, and chat in real-time with your fellow classmates. In this course, there are graded Seminars in Units 1 through 9. You must either attend and participate in the live Seminar or complete the Seminar Alternative Assignment in order to earn points for this part of the class.
Making Healthy Food Choices
“Rachel Quick and Maria DeCasa, two friends in Cara’s 4-year-old class, bring lunch to school every day. Maria brings meals prepared at home: rice and beans, a piece of fruit, and a thermos with a cold tropical juice drink. Rachel usually brings a store-bought brightly colored, pre-packaged children’s meal with processed meat and crackers, a sugary dessert, and a soda.
Maria wants to eat lunches like her friend at school and has become disinterested in her own food. Mrs. DeCasa expresses to Cara her concern with her daughter’s interest in pre-packaged foods and does not want her daughter to eat those kinds of “American” meals. As an aside, Rachel’s mother and father are busy executives and do not have time to prepare lunches for their child to bring to school.”
As an early childhood professional, how can you reach out to the families about this situation?
How can you help Maria’s mother understand Rachel’s family situation?
What can Maria’s mom do to make Maria’s meal more appealing?
What can be done to encourage Rachel’s family to send her to school with healthier foods?
Share two activities will help children and their families understand the food choices of different cultures.
To earn Seminar credit for this unit, complete oneof the following options below:
Option 1- Attend Seminar:
You are strongly encouraged to fulfill your Seminar requirement through this option if possible. Many students find the synchronous discussion very helpful because the instructor will clarify the unit information and your classmates may pose questions that you also have about the material.
Option 2- Alternative Assignment:
If you are unable to participate in the live Seminar, submit a 200–300-word essay answering the Seminar questions listed above. Seminar Option 2 postings need to be in Microsoft Word and incorporate the text material. Your response to the Seminar questions should be composed in complete sentences and paragraphs. Be sure to answer all questions and include references to earn your Seminar points. Please refer to the Seminar rubric for grading details and contact your instructor if you have questions about anything covered in the Seminar.
The Option 2 Assignment should be completed and submitted to the Unit 3 Seminar Dropbox before the unit deadline (Tuesday night)