Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Here are two books that have made the kids laugh a lot, while covering some important safety tips… Things like…
- Don’t take rides from strangers.
- Never stand on a swivel chair.
- In case of fire — Get outside as fast as possible and don’t stop to take along your favorite things.
We borrowed a book from the library that was so funny! It’s called Dinosaurs Beware! A Safety Guide by Marc Brown. It’s got those reminders that you want every child to remember… Never play with electric sockets and plugs; always put tools back where they belong; during a thunderstorm stay out of the water and away from trees, etc. but the illustrations make the book really hilarious! The kids and I both laughed aloud quite a bit!
On a similar note, my kids really love Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. Officer Buckle is a policeman who gives safety speeches at local schools with a dog who helps. Again, this book make me (and the kids, of course) laugh pretty hard!
Two thumbs up for both these books!
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Thursday, March 8th, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I saw some cute preschool activities about dental health at 2 Teaching Mommies, I was inspired! We didn’t get to Amber’s ideas, but we did fit in the science activities from 1st grade with Miss Snowden. After talking about the germs in our house (see this post), it seemed fitting to talk about the germs in our mouths.
I hard-boiled six white eggs and we chose soda, grape juice and coffee for our science experiment. We poured the liquid into six glass cups and let them sit for about eight hours.
At the end of the day it was time to check out our “teeth.” I had the kids predict whether their “teeth could be cleaned and which liquid would leave the most lasting stains on their “teeth.” Then the kids scrubbed away. They had a blast and worked hard at it for nearly a half-hour.
In the end, they were able to get much of the stain off, but not all of it. And, as it was the end of the day, they headed off to brush and floss their own teeth!
Above are the “coffee” and “soda” stained “teeth.” The grape juice looked the worst initially, but became surprisingly clean.
If you want to do a dental unit with your preschooler or kindergartener be sure to check out the Dentist Preschool Unit over at 2 Teaching Mommies.
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Monday, March 5th, 2012
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Germ Experiment: I saw this germ experiment on Homeschool Share and knew we had to add this into our unit on First Aid. After all keeping ourselves healthy is as important as patching up the injuries, right?!
The experiment called for gelatin, sugar and petri dishes. We didn’t have petri dishes so used paper cups and covered them immediately with glad wrap in lieu of a cover.
- Boil 1/2 cup of water
- Add 2 tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of unflavored gelatin
- Stir until dissolved. Spoon into the cups (I had about 1 cm or 1/4 inch of gelatin in each cup.)
- Cover immediately with Glad wrap to keep it clean and as uncontaminated as possible.
- Chill for 24 hours
The next day: Label each cup. Then go around the house with cotton swabs and choose areas to collect germs. Take a swab of the area. Rub the swab gently on the top of the gelatin. We chose to swab the following: the toilet, a door knob, nothing (as a control), a plant, the kitchen sink, the inside of LD’s mouth.
Set it aside in a dark, warm place for 5 or 6 days. I stuck mine under the sink in the guest bathroom.
The results really, really surprised me! So, of all the things we did what do you think had the most germ growth?
- the toilet,
- a door knob,
- nothing (as a control),
- a plant,
- the kitchen sink,
- the inside of LD’s mouth
LD and ED thought the toilet would have the most germs.
DD thought the inside of the mouth would have the most germs.
Dad and I have seen shows and thought the kitchen sink would have the most germs.
And the winner was…
the plant!! (center pic) Followed by the
sink (top left) and door knob (top right)
and the mouth, toilet and nothing coming in 4th, 5th and 6th places.
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
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A few days ago our first aid topic was on snake, spider and tick bites.
First we went over the venomous snakes in our area and then went over some other venomous snakes they might encounter in America.
Then we went over some of the basic first aid measures you should take if bitten by a venomous snakes. In the picture they are trying to take off my ring. We also talked about the fact you should
- remain calm
- immobilize the bitten arm/leg/finger and keep as still as possible to keep the poison from spreading
- if possible have the limb lower than your heart
- apply a splint to keep the limb from moving (loosely to allow blood flow)
- remember what the snake looked like
- call 9-1-1
ED did a little spider craft while the others were working on their math. Then we talked about how to identify the more common spiders to be worried about black widow and brown recluse spiders.
- try to identify the spider that bit you
- clean the spider bite site with soap and water
- apply a cool compress
- elevate the bite
- look for signs of chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain
Finally we talked about why it is important to check for ticks. They can carry bacteria that cause Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We talked about how sick that can make you.
The kids practiced taking a tick off me (a bean that I taped to my arm). They actually loved that! We talked about why it’s important to remove the head as well.
We used a lot of our first aid tips from the Mayo Clinic First Aid section.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
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We were quite overdue for a review of some basic fire safety rules. Even though we’ve lived here for a year and a half, we hadn’t made a family meeting spot outside in case of emergency. Nor had we gone over in detail how the kids can escape from their room in case of emergency.
We talked about what to do if your clothes or hair catches fire. Stop! Drop! Roll! One source suggests covering your eyes. We also talked about how to help if someone is on fire. Making sure to issue the orders to stop, drop and roll. To get something like a blanket to cover them, roll them, and smother the fire. Once again we all took turns calling 9-1-1 and giving our name, address and describing the emergency situation.
We then talked about being low to the ground if the room were smokey. We practiced crawling quickly across the room. We also talked about checking a door before opening it to see if it were hot to the touch. We talked about how oxygen feeds a fire.
Next we went to each person’s room and had them see if they could escape through their window if need be.
This was especially important for ED because her window is tough for her to open because of her height. We had her practice pushing the window down by using a couple of board books.
We wrote out some our fire safety tips and then I had the kids go over all of them with Dad. Dad brought up a good point about what to do in case of a forest fire (since just six months ago a neighbor lost their house to a forest fire). Dad also suggested that we have a fire drill one day soon.
We went around testing our smoke alarms.
ED really liked this simple preschool page about fire safety. There’s a screenshot to the left. I wasn’t impressed, but she wanted to do it over and over which is what matters, right?!
Finally we talked about what to do in a smoke-filled room. We talked about how difficult it would be to see and how you need to stay very low to the ground. Then the kids did one of their favorite activities… one we do most every time we talk about fire safety. They took turns crawling blindfolded through a maze of objects trying to get to safety. It’s a fun activity, but they really do *get it* and remember that they would have to stay low or crawl in case of a fire.