We got our responses from the survey we sent to the parents of the kids, and they all came out extremely positive! The parents responded with a lot of overwhelming support for our project, which is super uplifting to hear. They said how their kids loved the book and snack, and how they found the steps in the parent sheet extremely helpful. Some of the parents also made some of the healthy recipes from our parent sheets, and they said that their kids loved them!
Then, after we went, we analyzed the data a put it on a poster we designed for the fourm, and it explained what we did for CBL. Overall, the forum went amazing! All of the people who came to our station where amazed with our work, and were super interested in the work we did with the kids and the research we conducted with the kids. They really liked how the snacks came out, and they totally bought into the idea!
Wow! We have come such a long way. We had our presentation and it went extremely well. Kiki went to Paige's house on Wednesday (May 10th) to practice the presentation. Kiki slept at Paige's home and they planned on cutting the fruit in the morning, which allowed it to be as fresh as possible. We finished writing the book this week, and while it took a very long time, the finished product looked great. We used materials from the Create Studio to add finishing touches. The three of us practiced the presentation and were finally ready to present to the kids!
When we first arrived at the Center for Early Education, we went to a kindergarten class to meet to the students. We introduced ourselves, and did a greeting activity with them. We later went outside to start presenting. We presented to them during their recess time, and the kids then came up to our table to watch our presentation. We started by talking to the kids about healthy foods, and what healthy means to them. We then read the book to them made the snacks with them. The kids seemed very intrigued and loved the book. They loved making the snacks, and even used so much creativity to make different animals out of the fruits and vegetables we provided. We sent a survey to the students parents asking a few questions about that their children thought of your presentation. The responses were very positive, and received great comments. We had such a memorable and experience with the children, and the three of us were extremely happy we were able to make a positive impact in the community.
We are doing veg - cespitonaly well! We are finishing our illustrations for the book, and doing our final revisions and edits to the parent shee. We are also setting up the schedule for the class presentation. We all have been using our science class time very wisely, and only doing the things on our priority list Pia made. So far, the book illustrations are very cute and good for kindergarteners. We also came up with the idea to project the book on the projector in the classroom so that way if the kids are in the back of the class and can’t see the actual book, they can look up at the board to see what we are reading. We also edited the website a lot, and we added some new things, such as a venn diagram telling about the steps and descriptions of each part of our project. This Friday our whole group is going over to Paige's house, to work on the project. We are also sleeping over so we can get as much work done as possible. We are planning to finish and print the book, make the final edits to the parent sheet, and prepare our lesson for the kindergarteners at the center. Overall, the process is going great, and we hope to have a successful day at the center next week!
This week we have made tremendous progress! Pia contacted the Center for Early Education to figure out a date for our group to come to the school and read to the children. The school responded and told us they were open to us coming any date. We emailed them back and gave them 3 specific dates at the beginning of May. We are still trying to confirm a date. This week we were able to finish writing the book in class. We learned that feedback is very important and getting ideas from one another about the book, will improve the book even more. We each revised the book and read over it several times to make sure everything was written the way we wanted it to be. At times, we struggled with writing very basic language, because this book is meant for very young children. We had to keep in mind that the sentences and words need to be very simple and basic.
Kiki started drawing the illustrations for the book in class. Pia and I gave her feedback and also pitched in ideas we thought would improve the drawings to make them better. In class, we finished some illustrations, but still have more to do. This past week was extremely productive, and we were able to accomplish a lot of work that needed to be done!
We have chosen to work on helping young children choose the healthy option of food. In the beginning, we weren't sure what we wanted to do and struggled on choosing one particular problem. We first decided to do the problem of Childhood Stress. More specifically, Anorexia that is caused by stress. We quickly changed our problem because we realized that we weren't able to find a solution. We talked to some adults and found a new problem. First, we decided on children not having access to healthy food, but then we changed it to children who have access to healthy food but choose unhealthy food instead. We talked about several solutions, like making a survey so we could see what people are eating, and making a competition to see what grade would eat the most healthy food. It was a long and tedious deciding on our problem, but we were able to work together as a group and make a final decision.
We decided to make a book about vegetables and read it to a kindergarten class. This book will encourage the kids to eat healthy, and always choose the healthy option! After we read the book, our group will do an interactive and engaging activity. The activity will be making snacks out of fruits and vegetables. We will led a lesson explaining how to make the snacks and guide the kids. We also made a packet of information about kids eating healthier food. The packet also includes the recipe to make the snacks we made with the kindergarderners. We will give the packet to the children, and they will give it to their parents. The book is going to be about a blushing tomato who always gets bullied by unhealthy foods like french fries and a hamburger. Eventually the healthy foods tell the unhealthy foods to stop bullying the tomato. This story will teach the kids about choosing the healthy option. On Sunday we all met at Paig's house to do more work. We also finished the packet for the parents and came up with the activity We finished the final solution sheet, and the blog at her house. We were able to get a tremondous amount of work done.