Friday, October 30, 2020

Health & Wellness

    Due to COVID-19, SMART START has enhanced its existing health and wellness curriculum. Educating our young learners on maintaining the well-being of themselves and others is our priority. 

Read below to learn more about our recent comprehensive unit:


Hygiene 🧼
    Pupils have been sporting their PPE (personal, protective, equipment) while participating in overall good hygiene habits such as handwashing, sanitizing and covering coughs & sneezes. 

    The class enjoyed learning the necessity of these practices during outdoor storytime. All have been encouraging one another to do their part in order to prevent the spread of germs. 


Nutrition 🍎
     Novice nutritionists have been considering what comprises a healthy diet. Foods containing essential nutrients and how they affect the body were discussed. All applied acquired knowledge to create a meal using a plate template and stickers of the four crucial food groups: protein, fruits, vegetables & grains. 


     Chefs mixed a variety of snacks to make a delicious and nutritious trail mix. 


    Preschoolers enhanced their math skills playing "Count the Cookies", an addition and subtraction game while Prekindergartners and Kindergartners engaged in a literacy lesson making "Sight Word Sandwiches." 


    Books and other related materials were observed at the themed display. 


    Problem solving, sequencing and concentration skills were increased while completing fruit patterns. 


    Peers played "musical strawberries" to songs about the importance of eating fruits. This music and movement activity was a rendition of "musical chairs." 


    The group gathered in our outdoor classroom to listen and learn about all things nutrition



    Classmates classified food groups by sorting items into five categories: protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables and grains. 


Human Body 🧠
    SMART START scientists studied all about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Internal organs and their functions were taught through an informational read aloud. Each had a turn to wear our "What's Inside Me?" costume which portrays inside parts such as the heart, intestines, the brain and more!


    Future physicians examined X-rays using magnifying glasses, matched organs using magnets and tended to the needs of their "patients". All used their newfound understanding of the human body during this hands-on activity. 



    Students used stickers of internal organs to precisely label their human body template. 


    Prospective surgeons strengthened their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while playing the classic game "operation". This time also served as a pretend play opportunity as all wore gloves, medical masks and imagined they were performing an actual surgery.


    Friends had fun assembling and creating their own bodies using potato head toys. 



     


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