Monthly Archives: April 2010

School Lunch Menu Nutrition

Students who eat nutritious meals perform better in school, and demonstrate fewer behavior problems. The federal government has issued certain guidelines for school lunch nutrition. Plus, they have issued the National School Lunch Program to ensure nutrition to children with families that struggle financially. However, many feel that the the health quality of their child’s lunch menu leaves room for improvement.

School lunch regulations require that individual states implement menus which include at least 5 items and represent the four major food groups. Additionally, no more than 30% of the meals calories can be from fat, and they must provide one-third of the daily requirements for calories, protein, and some of the major vitamins. The governments goal is to make sure that all children get at least one balance meal a day to maintain health.

However, if you have visited the your child’s school lunch room lately, you may have seen cause for concern. Many school lunches do not include high quality foods. Often meals come off the cafeteria line high in fat, highly processed and full of preservatives. Nearly 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese, suggesting a serious need for change. However, schools are constrained by their budgets when it comes to feeding their students.

The Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization this year. On March 17, Senator Blanche Lincoln revealed her new version of this act, which called for $500/year boost in child nutrition funding. Many are concerned that this will not be enough for the school lunch reform that is needed, as President Obama had initially proposed a full budget of twice this amount. However, this bill could mean a record investment is child nutrition. Parents are urged to contact their local senators and ask for support in this matter.

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Homeschool Psychology

Psychology is about human behaviors and what dictates it. Learning how the human mind works offers answers to life’s questions that we naturally seek, providing explanations for what motivates people to take certain actions and how to be happy. Plus, psychology is a science with a long history of contributers that demonstrate the different processes of experimenting and research. In recent years, teaching psychology has become part of the curriculum for most high school educations. However, in the past, studying psychology wasn’t a requirement. So, many homeschooling parents find it difficult to teach this subject that they have never studied themselves.

Before beginning a homeschool study program for psychology, it is important to do some research and consider all options. Check with your state’s Department of Education for their guidelines relating to the subject. Also, consider that while there are many text books and modules available for homeschool psychology, there are also online courses available as an alternative. Many of those online programs that are provided through accredited intstitutions provide Advanced Placement classes for psychology, helping high school students earn college credit for their work.

Additionally, many of today’s public highschools welcome homeschooled students to learn some of their subjects in a public education classroom. If parents have explored possible homeschool curriculums for teaching psychology and still don’t feel adequate in their abilities to teach the subject, utilizing the public education system may be another good option. Psychology is an important part of high school education and should be emphasized in the same manner as other subjects.