This week, we learned how to keep ourselves safe and healthy from Experience Early Learning (formally Mother Goose Time’s preschool curriculum). We had a fire drill, we practiced dialing 9-1-1, we learned how to brush our teeth, and we learned how to keep ourselves well. I thought the lesson on staying healthy was very fitting for this time of year. I had quite a few students out sick this past week. Fortunately they were all here for my lesson on how to keep ourselves healthy.
My mom is a nurse and gave me this awesome idea for teaching kids about germs. First you teach kids that germs are what make us sick. We can get germs from others when they sneeze, cough, or if we touch something and stick our hands in our mouths. Then, you show the students visually what this looks like. You can use cotton balls or pom-poms and tell the kids that we can’t see germs, but we are going to pretend that the pom-poms are germs. I grab a huge handful of them, then pretend to sneeze. When I sneeze, I throw the pom-poms all over them. It always gets a great reaction. A few students yell, “Gross!” But the majority of them cry, “Pom-poms! Yay!” And start playing with the pom-poms. Then I say to those students that touched the pom-poms, “Now you have germs. And you have germs. And you!” Those students then realize what they were touching and quickly throw the pom-pom down. Our community challenge was to toss tissues in the air and catch it. We could play by ourselves or with a partner. I used the pom-poms instead of tissues.
I then took it a step further. I squirted hand sanitizer on my hand when they weren’t looking, pretended to cough or sneeze and went around touching each student’s hand or arm. The looks they gave me were classic. “What was on your hand…??” They are always super grossed out after this lesson. We practiced sneezing and coughing into our arm. And we practiced washing our hands. It’s a good start to teaching them about health, staying healthy, and not spreading germs.
We also talked about keeping our bodies healthy by exercising. I taped a triangle on the floor for each of them to stand on. I gave them multi-step directions using the triangle. For example, “Jump over the triangle, then stand in the middle of the triangle.” Or “Walk around the triangle, do 5 jumps inside the triangle, then sit down.” They have to remember all the steps. Then, the students took turns calling out different exercise moves and we all did that move for 10 seconds or we did that move 10 times (depending on what the move was). If it was a stretch, we would hold the pose for 10 seconds, and if it was jumping jacks we would do 10 of them.
One last activity we did this week was pretend to be doctors and fix the broken letters. I had strips of paper and tape for the students to use. I had originally told them to tape the strips together to make the letter D, but that was difficult for some of them. So I told them to make any letter they wanted. A lot of them did do D. I also got E, L, and M.
This week has been fun learning about health and safety. Here are a few more pictures that show some other activities we did this week:
** I receive curriculum from Experience Preschool (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 5th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Preschool with Mother Goose Time!