February: Healthy Bodies

Our February theme was Healthy Bodies. We explored the theme through a variety of activities, including:

  • A doctor’s office in the dramatic play area
  • A field trip to a dentist office
  • Discussing many different aspects of keeping your body healthy, such as healthy foods, playing outdoors, exercise and movement, and learning to listen to our bodies
  • Height and weight charting
  • An eye chart and color blind chart
  • Sensory experiments like smelling different scents or walking blindfolded to see what it would be like to be blind
  • Discussing their 4 and 5 year old check-ups
  • Using glitter to watch how germs spread.
  • Discussing healthy habits when you have a cold (such as “catching” your cough in your elbow)

We worked with parents to support the Curriculum at home by discussion the following:
Children don’t always understand what they are feeling. It is important to talk to kids about listening to their bodies, and to help them do some detective work to interpret their feelings. If they are feeling out-of-sorts, is their body telling them that they need something? Are they hungry? Are they tired and need to take some quiet time? Are they restless and need to “get their wiggles out” and play outside? Do they need a hug? Do they need to talk to someone? Help them to stop and think about what their body is feeling and help to vocalize what they need.

We focused on the following vocabulary: Stethoscopes, otoscopes, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, scale, vaccines, bandages, doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, X-rays, etc