A growing body of research suggests that physical fitness and nutrition are linked to cognition. There is a strong correlation between wellness, physical activity and students’ ability to learn. For this reason, Smart Start is proud to be a health oriented center. A typical day includes organic breakfast, morning snack and two afternoon snacks. Fresh, organic juice and smoothies made in house are offered regularly. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m but if for some reason, your child has not eaten breakfast and arrives after 8:30 a.m., please advise us so that arrangements can be made for your child. All snacks consist of fresh fruits or vegetables and at least one other nutritious food group such as pasture raised, organic boiled eggs, organic fruit bars etc. Milk, water or juice is offered with each snack and throughout the day.
Parents are asked to provide lunch in a lunch box/thermos with an ice pack marked with their child’s name. Each classroom is equipped with a refrigerator. Please make sure all items are marked with your child’s name.
Spring plans include a garden where kids can further learn healthy eating habits and also to promote physical and intellectual exercise, cooperation and teamwork. Gardening teaches kids not only about growing tomatoes but the patience of seeing a plant grow from seed. A garden also conveys the fact that seedlings need proper care if they’re going to become strong plants. Not a bad message to instill in kids’ minds!