Today, I got to read two stories to the morning kindergarten class about eating healthy foods. My TA usually reads the children a story while they eat their snacks and I’ve always noticed the different types of food they bring. Ever since my first day, I was happy to see a majority of the children snacking on plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Of course, they also have treats such as candy or chocolate from time to time but overall, snacks in class have been pleasingly healthy. The stories I read simply explained which foods are good and which shouldn’t been eaten everyday according to the food guide pyramid. I then led a little “discussion” at the end where the children made comments and asked questions. Being in front of the class and addressing 10 raised hands at a time was quite an experience for me- I learned how to pick out students at the right time, listen attentively, and provide an appropriate response. Some students would talk about a completely unrelated thing while some would even wait to be called on. However, for each student who raised their hand, I was thankful I was learning how to be adaptive, thoughtful, and firm in my manner and responses. I highly enjoyed story time today because the topic of healthy eating is so important- I think it’s great how my TA teaches them the value of a healthy lifestyle at such a young age and exemplifies it herself. She brought wheat grains for the children to taste and showed us how to make cream cheese out of yogurt using a coffee filter. She explained how when yogurt is filtered, whey is produced which is good for their growing muscles as protein. Ms. Beeksma has made eating healthy very fun for the children with activities such as keeping track of all the different colors of fruits and vegetables that they eat. “Eating the Rainbow” is such great way for kids to develop healthy habits right away and I’m glad to be a part of it!