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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Pre-kindergarten curriculum
Alt. Title:Let’s Read About Healthy Eating
Pub. date: January 2006 - updated 2012
Includes: complete curriculum
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:The Show-Me-Nutrition curriculum reinforces behaviors that support a healthy weight for kids such as being more physically active, spending less time watching television and playing computer and video games, eating a healthy breakfast eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking less soda and sweetened fruit drinks. The curriculum is a sequential nutrition education curriculum intended for pre-K through grade 8. This curriculum supports Missouri’s School Wellness Policy and meets the State of Missouri’s Show Me educational standards for health and physical education. Activities align to reinforce communication arts and math GLE's. Curriculum materials are available as printed copies for each of the grade levels. While a binder is not included, the print materials come hole punched with accompanying dividers, cover and spine labels. This review will cover the pre-kindergarten curriculum only.
Funding Source: University of Missouri funds and USDA's Food Stamp Program
Developer: Candance Gabel
Organization: FNEP Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension
Pilot Testing: Educators with the University of Missouri provided feedback.
Assessment instrument Used? yes, go here.
Reviewers Comments: Show Me Nutrition is a comprehensive nutrition curriculum that teaches youths from preschool through junior high how to have a healthy lifestyle. This set is for pre-kindergarten age children and is designed to encourage children to try new foods and make healthy food choices through reading books with healthy eating messages. There are 11 lessons total in the set. Each lesson is based around a different children’s book with a theme of healthy eating, which is furnished with the curriculum. In addition, there is an extensive book list included with over 90 titles, summaries, and ordering information for additional books that reinforce the lessons in the curriculum. The curriculum also contains family newsletters that can be copied and sent home with the children.

Each of the lessons include a knowledge and behavioral objective, a physical activity, a food-tasting activity, an opportunity to review the previous lesson, and a chance to practice healthy habits like hand washing. The lesson plans in the curriculum are relatively short in descriptions, leaving time for children to ask questions and discuss topics that interest them. They are designed to fill about 30-45 minutes, but can be made shorter or longer depending on the number of activities used or time spent with each activity. Each lesson includes 2-3 core activities and 2-3 additional activities. All of the activities are different and include songs like “Ode to Peanut Butter”, games such as “Musical Food”, art projects like “Pasta Jewelry” and demonstrations such as “Ah-Choo!”. These activities vary in length and complexity, and many can be used separately from the lessons with which they are accompanied.

At the end of the lesson plans are “classroom connection” for each lesson, which includes handouts, visual aids, recipes and other enrichment activities to help support the lesson. It is also recommended that the MyPlate for Kids poster is hung in the classroom. The curriculum strives to make the lessons as easy as possible for teachers to teach, by providing instructor tips with many of the activities, including advance preparation directions, and offering background information that can be reviewed as needed before teaching the lesson.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: TX364 .S525 2006
    Go to Request Library Materials
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Missouri Cooperative Extension
    Mail: Extension Publications, University of Missouri,

2800 Maguire Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65211

    Phone: (800) 292-0969
    Order URL:
    Cost: 20.00 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:call for bulk rate 800-292-0969

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