Our Year with Together Counts

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Playful Learning: Well Being

We all want our children to make healthy choices when it comes to taking care of themselves. I have always found that when they understand the reasons behind the choices we want them to make, they are more enthusiastic and empowered to do the right thing.

It is for this reason that I was excited about becoming a Together Counts Ambassador. Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. They have incredible resources, activities, and printables for helping to teach children about developing healthy habits.

Now that my year with Together Counts is coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to reflect on our journey…


Playful Learning: Energy Balance

We started out the year by learning about energy balance… Sometimes we assume that children understand the basic concepts of nutrition. Although we talk about healthy eating all the time at home, I realized that the girls didn’t have a solid grasp of the concept that the food we eat  gives us energy that we use to live active lives. This activity set the stage for understanding that the food we eat, gives us the energy we need to live fun and active lives.

The understanding of energy balance changed they way we view the energy we take in and the energy we put out on a daily basis…

Playful Learning: Teaching Blalnce

As a family we started looking for ways to make balanced choices about the foods we eat

One way to inspire children to make wholesome choices is to involve them in the process of selecting and cooking their own food. Over the last year we started spending a lot more time in the kitchen, cooking together as a family.

Here are some great doses of inspiration from the Together Counts team:

Playful Learning: Energy BalanceWe also started thinking about and exploring fun ways to get our energy out! The goal being to do something active, together as a family, everyday.

Here are some great ideas that we and other Together Counts Ambassadors came up with:

It has been a great year filled with learning, growth, balance, and most importantly, quality time together as a family!

* This post is sponsored by Together Counts. Playful Learning only works with companies  and organizations we know and love.

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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