multi-sensory learning

Fun with Whole Foods

Nonna Joann • November 24th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

7 Whole Food Activities Using The Forest Feast
The Forest Feast is a whole foods storybook. The characters, Try Rannosaurus® and Betty Baby BitesTM, love to eat whole foods, especially veggies. Naturally, reading the story again and again will reinforce this concept.
Your child doesn’t have to be a “picky eater” to benefit from The Forest Feast. Children are constantly bombarded [...]

Kids in the Kitchen

Nonna Joann • November 5th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Today’s Food for Thought: Let Your Kids Help You in the Kitchen

Healthy eating is encouraged when all the senses are used. When introducing healthful foods to any child, especially a picky eater, you’ll want to have them help prepare the food. Learning to eat nutritious foods is a process, in which all the senses must be engaged. [...]

Multi-Sensory Learning & the Picky Eater

Nonna Joann • October 16th, 2009 • Food Battles No More

Multi-sensory learning is vital for the picky eater.

Dr. John Medina says in his book, “Brain Rules,” that multi-sensory learning is powerful. He states, “Extra information given at the moment of learning makes learning better.”
This is especially important information for parents of picky eaters, who inadvertently reinforce the wrong concepts.
Repetition is basic for memory. Have you ever had to memorize a  poem, [...]

Children Play to Learn

Nonna Joann • August 25th, 2009 • Food Battles No More

Alison Gopnik wrote an August 15 op-ed piece in
The New York Times titled “Your Baby is Smarter than You Think.” Gopnik explains new research which found babies and young children learn quite differently than we once thought.
She says, “New studies, however, demonstrate that babies and very young children know, observe, explore, imagine and learn [...]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nonna Joann • August 11th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

How’s your garden?

It’s midsummer and gardens are producing. My neighbor, Mark, just brought over nearly a pound of green beans from his garden. Jackie (my daughter) is now harvesting, among other things, lettuce and zucchini.
Families with home vegetable gardens eat more fruit and vegetables. The home garden supplies fresh fruit and vegetables and at the same time saves grocery [...]

5 Strategies to Get Kids Eating Veggies

Nonna Joann • July 21st, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Children refusing to eat vegetables is a concern for many parents. This plea from a mom on is typical, “My 3-year-old daughter will not eat vegetables at all…I’m afraid that if I don’t get this under control soon, she will be eating chicken nuggets and French fries every day for the rest of her [...]

Playing With Food

Nonna Joann • July 9th, 2009 • Food Battles No More

You’ll never say “don’t play with your food” again once multi-sensory learning is incorporated into your picky eater’s mealtime. Fussy eaters can’t resist loving veggies when all your child’s senses are engaged.
You can change dinner conflict with your picky eater to fun, multi-sensory, memory-making mealtimes. Play is the way children learn and directed-play allows you to incorporate foods your picky [...]

Delight Your Picky Eater’s Senses

Nonna Joann • June 29th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Farmers’ Markets Engage Picky Eaters 
Farmers’ markets are not only fun for the entire family, but they can be a wonderful source for multi-sensory learning. One of the most effective methods for developing healthy eating habits in your kids, especially picky eaters, is to involve them in the entire food process, beginning with your purchase of the [...]

Meal Prep Is Fun For Kids

Nonna Joann • June 16th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

The days are warm and long. The kids are home and need something to keep them busy. It’s the perfect time to include your kids in meal preparation. Meal preparation is an opportunity for your youngster to have hands-on experiences with various foods.
“Multi-sensory learning” is involving all the senses in the process. When kids have chores in the kitchen, [...]

Affordable Healthy Baby Food

Nonna Joann • April 14th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

It’s never too early to begin a baby’s journey to healthy eating. By introducing and then continually offering your baby whole foods, you’ll steer clear of many of the common pitfalls often made by parents. In addition, when the Baby Bite steps with multi-sensory learning are incorporated from the beginning of your baby’s eating experience, picky eating will never become a problem.
It all [...]