Hello Sagol Families!
For this week and next week, we are learning all about healthy bodies. Since we already had a nutrition unit, we will be talking more about taking care of your body in other ways like hygiene, sleep, and exercise. This week, we explored how to take care of your teeth and protect yourself against germs.
On Monday, we began the week by discussing germs and various ways to protect ourselves against them. We talked about how we can’t see germs with our bare eyes, but they’re everywhere. Some germs can get us sick, but a great way to protect yourself is proper hygiene, sleeping well, eating healthy, and exercising.
We did an experiment with water, ground pepper, and soap showing how soap can push the “germs” (pepper) away. If you want to see what we did, here a video of someone else doing it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ho0o7H6dXSU
Later, we celebrated Shavuot by painting flowers with brushes and using forks for stampers to make the flower pedals.
On Tuesday, we focused on what exactly teeth are and how we brush them correctly. A demonstration with many toothbrushes and model teeth always helps.
- Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
- Brush the top, back, and front of every tooth
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes and twice a day, once in the morning & once before you go to bed.
Later, we performed a puppet show about learning how to identify when you are frustrated and ways to help yourself when you feel this way. Then, we did some free drawing time with our coloring boxes and paper.
We reviewed what we learned the last couple of days on Wednesday, what cavities are, and how they form. During group time, I also read a big book called “I Keep Myself Healthy.” After, we had music class with Rabbi Crimmings in the sanctuary upstairs! It’s fantastic to join other classes in song again.
Later, we did another second step lesson (social-emotional development) about learning how to identify frustration and ways to manage that emotion. Then we made toothbrushes with construction paper, our coloring boxes, and glue.
Thursday, we focused on flossing, including how and why we floss. Flossing removes plaque and food in between our teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Then, we played a matching game using “feeling cards.” We tried to find and match the two cards that show children having a frustrated face.
Later, we did an activity where we used floss (white string) to get food (playdough) out of pretending teeth (mega blocks). We read “Just Going to The Dentist” by Mercer Mayor and sang teeth-related songs during our training.
On Friday, we wrapped up the teeth part of our healthy bodies unit by discussing what foods are beneficial for our teeth. Sugary foods and snacks are not tooth-friendly because they stick to teeth and help cavities form. After group time, we went upstairs and had Shabbat in the sanctuary! Later, we did a coloring page activity where they colored in the good foods for your teeth. We also read a big book called “A Healthy Day.”
Have a great weekend, everyone! Next week we will continue our theme of healthy bodies.
Mr. Benny and Ms. Maddie