Thursday, February 28, 2013

Health and Wellness

An overarching theme for the month of February was love, love of family, friends, self and the world around us. Aside from talking about our relationships and preparing for valentines day we have discussed loving ourselves and what that entails. To go along with our health and wellness theme we created and played out scenarios in bathroom dramatic play. Here are some pictures...
"Toilet," "bathtub," and "sink" with real props such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towels, toilet paper and other hygeine related items for the class to explore.
Vocabulary included body parts, toiletries and words related to hygeine. After looking at the flashcards and books and conversing in the dramatic play area we were able to sound out, write and discuss the words during activity time in our journals.
We talked about caring for ourselves and others-exercise, sleep, healthy and unhealthy foods to eat, washing up and brushing our teeth. Here Kimberly, Miguel and  Esther care for their babies. Above Kimberly cleans out her baby's ears with a q-tip and below reading a story after bathing the babies.

Esther giving the baby a bath with soap and water in the "sink".

The class really enjoyed playing out scenarios related to health and caring for the self and others in bathroom dramatic play. We learned the vocabulary quickly with this hands on approach that allowed the children to make the connection between the word and the physical object. I was impressed and proud of how quickly the class grasped the concepts and were able to say and write the words.

We will continue the theme by talking about what is inside the body, how we grow and health issues as we move into doctor dramatic play next week.

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