CS I a:
I did not design the lunch menu for my center; however, I serve it to my children on a daily basis. We use the CRMC food service, which has many benefits. One positive aspect is that there is no extra cost to the center, and enough food is delivered daily so that each child is served the appropriate proportions. My center works with the hospital to create a “short cycle menu,” a menu that is different everyday and repeats itself after a certain number of days, specifically a one-week cycle menu that is chosen by our director with faculty input. This cycle menu shows strengths because the children seem to enjoy a shorter cycle of fewer foods, and our director is able to control the menu to ensure that quality foods are served.
The food served each day includes the food groups required for a balanced diet with whole milk. None of the meals contain potential choking hazards and all food is cut with food scissors for my age group. Each month, our center updates our allergy alert sheet, which is posted in every classroom. The staff complies to each child’s needs everyday at lunch and snack. I would not change my centers lunch menu because it promotes a healthy diet, meets their nutritional needs, and the children like it.
CS I b:
I believe children learn best through discovery and play. I arranged my room knowing that when children feel comfortable in their physical surroundings, they will venture to explore materials or events around them. My room allows for the children to be engaged and feel secure, and facilitates predictable, consistent and intimate care for each child. My room design guides and encourages children to learn through play while shaping their beliefs about themselves and life. My room design enables me to create learning environments by introducing new and exciting activities and spaces such as object bottles for infants, a shallow ball pit for mobile infants and a dramatic play area for toddlers.
As my children and their curiosity grow, I adapt my room by putting out new toys in the centers or rearranging centers to allow for exploration, challenges, and practice of new skills. Quiet areas are separated from noisy play areas to ensure that the children can become fully engaged in their activities without disruption. I believe that children love to explore and discover, but they also rely on a certain level of predictability, which my room environment provides through routines and a consistent daily schedule that allows time for transitions.
CS I c:
I provide an environment that promotes optimal learning by using my weekly lesson plan, which provides a variety of experiences and focuses on seven developmental domains while incorporating my centers curriculum. My lesson plan shows that all areas of development and learning are important. I adjust my lesson plans based on the fact that learning proceeds at varying rates. My lesson plan is developed based on the belief that children learn in a variety of ways, and their experiences shape their motivation and approaches to learning. Infants have many individual opportunities each day to interact with me through eye-to-eye contact and nurturing touches. Activities within the weekly plan are adjusted for each age group so that they are age appropriate.