DENTAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE TAKE HOME BAG

DENTAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE TAKE HOME BAG Student Name: Student Number:

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· Image of ideal Healthy Take Home Bag is provided.  Selected bag is appropriate, and bag and chosen theme are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more games are provided.  Games are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· Two or more children’s books are provided.  Books are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in two fully developed paragraphs.

· One or more sets of manipulatives are provided.  Manipulatives are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more dramatic play sets are provided. Dramatic play activities are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more sensory play experiences are provided. Sensory play activities are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more science experiments are provided. Science experiments are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more recipes for healthy snacks are provided. Recipes are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· One or more additional resources are provided. Resources are appropriate and easily accessible to families, and are explained in a fully developed paragraph.

· APA references page, title page, in-text citations, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format are appropriate.

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Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag

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Student number #

Course Name and Number: Dental Health and Hygiene, Lesson 3

Project number: (580803) Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Nice title page! Please consider including a submission date with each new submission.

Without a doubt, dental health and hygiene ought to start with the very first tooth that grows in the baby’s mouth. Although these milk teeth’s will fall out within a couple of years, they hold the space for the child’s permanent ones; therefore it’s significant that the child should have a healthy mouth upon arrival of those permanent teeth. As a consequence, within this paper, a theoretical dental health and hygiene take home bag for a preschooler classroom to be taken home with learners each week with a different child throughout the school year. In particular, the discussion is focused on planning so that the take-home bag contains vital ideas, knowledge, and activities; letter to families; and various responses to be involved in a child’s learning. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Since identifying information was included in the title page (which is great!) there is no need to include this information within a header. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: This phrase sounds as if children are receiving this take home bag as a punishment. Please consider rewording. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Please consider this sentence is incomplete. All sentences must contain a subject and a verb. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Thank you for this introduction.

Why I Chose This Theme & Bag:

Studies have indicated that, appropriate dental health and hygiene are part and parcel of to the overall children’s health entire body, therefore ascertaining that learners have the best dental health and hygiene can not only make certain that they have great smiles, but also that they are protected from the negative effects of poor dental health and hygiene as well. Devoid of proper dental health and hygiene, can lead to decay of the child’s teeth and cause a host of problematical issues, including throbbing teeth and gums; gum disease and inflammation; difficulty in chewing, sleeping, and eating; and above all keeping learners away from school, which can lead to poor performances as lessons will be missed. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: As this sentence indicates the information comes from ‘studies,’ an in-text citation must be present to support where the information was obtained, as well as the source having a listing on a Reference Page at the end of the assignment.

For that reason, as a professional early childhood preschool teacher who advocates for children and their families healthy choices, resources and ideas to support them towards having a sound understanding of how to live healthy lives. I believe that this dental health and hygiene take home bag, is one of the best ways to set up healthy and safe environments for children as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle. The health bag selected to take home bag is designed to be fun but centered towards the provision of informative ways for the preschoolers and their families to share dental health and hygiene literacy and learning experiences. This take-home bag has also a high inclination towards fostering a home-school connection that is a significant part of dental health and hygiene part of teaching and learning. Furthermore, apart from teaching preschoolers with appropriate dental health and hygiene practices, it will also offer support and education to families at home. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Thank you for providing this information.

Figure 1: Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag

Source: Smile Makers (2018) Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Nice picture!

Letter to Families:

Dear Family,

Hello Parents! I firmly do believe that home is the first classroom and parents are the first teachers. Today, your child has brought home the “Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag.” Please read to and participate with your child in the fun activities to teach him/her about dental health and hygiene. The activities will provide skill reinforcement and exciting, hands-on activities to build upon and supplement what the children are, or have been, learning in class.

The take-home bag will go home on Mondays and are to be returned on Friday of every week. Please complete the five activities, one per night, and return the bag on the assigned due date. Please ascertain that all books and materials are taken care of and returned to the bag. Each bag contains a materials list and parent feedback form. Kindly find attached the bag contents and an explanation of the activities.

I am confident that you and your child will learn from and enjoy the dental health and hygiene take-home bag. Thank you for your support and have a wonderful evening!

Sincerely,

I grant permission for my child…………………………to participate in the dental health and hygiene take home bag activity. I recognize the significant role I play in my child’s dental health and hygiene education and I agree to participate in these activities with my child. I further do understand that if my child loses or damages the bag contents, I will be fully responsible for their replacement.

Parent’s Signature:…………………………………………………… Date:………………………

Student’s Signature:………………………………………………….. Date:……………………

Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag Contents:

Activity #1 : Game: Brushing and Flossing Together:

Description: As a parent, you will illustrate to the child effective teeth and tongue brushing techniques, as well as flossing. This can be made funnier by making a rhyme about keeping teeth clean.

Materials Included:

· Toothbrush

· Toothpaste

· Water to rinse

· Rhyme about keeping teeth clean

Expected Outcome:

The child should be equipped with effective dental and hygiene brushing & flossing hands-on skills. Therefore, able to brush and floss his or her teeth every morning, after every meal, and before sleeping. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Please consider that although this does represent an activity, it does not represent a game to be played. Also, all information needed for each item should be provided, so the rhyme about brushing should be provided by the teacher (you).

Activity #2: Children’s Literature:

Description:

As a parent, you are required to read the following books and participate with your child in the fun activities to teach him/her about dental health and hygiene. These books will make dental health and hygiene a funny experience but centered towards fostering a home-school connection that is a significant part of dental health and hygiene part of teaching and learning. Furthermore, apart from teaching preschoolers with appropriate dental health and hygiene practices, it will also offer support and education to families at home.

Book Summary Book Cover
The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller III, Holiday House Publishers: 2008. This exciting picture book makes dental health and hygiene learning a funny experience, but focused on how to take care of teeth. It’s packed with straightforward advice and colorful art, it also delivers accessible advice for taking care of teeth. Image result for The Tooth Book: A guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller III, Holiday House Publishers: 2008.
Melvin the Magnificent Molar by Julia Cook, Laura Jana, & Allison Valentine, National Center for Youth Issues, 2010 The book is written for ages three and up, this book is perfect for teaching kids about caring for teeth. Melvin is a lovable tooth who shows readers how to make sure they will always have happy teeth and healthy smiles. Melvin the Magnificent Molar

Activity #3: ManipulativeTooth Printing

Materials Included:

· Tooth shaped stamps,

· white paint;

· various colors of construction paper

Description:

As a parent, you will support your child to dip tooth-shaped stamps into the paint and make a dental health picture; which as a parent you should be able to explain to him/her why taking care of our teeth is important. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: This is where a dialogue, or transcript, of what the parent should say should be included. Parents may not be able to explain certain topics to their children.

Expected Outcome:

The child should be equipped with effective dental and hygiene brushing & flossing hands-on skills. Therefore, able to brush and floss his or her teeth every morning, after every meal, and before sleeping.

Activity #4: Sensory PlayTooth Themed Painting

Description:

Together with your child, you will help them to paint pictures of teeth, going to the dentist, the family smiling and smiling with peers.

Materials Included:

· Tooth Shaped stamps

· White paint

· Various colors of Construction Paper

· Crayons of various colors

Expected Outcome:

The child should be equipped with effective dental and hygiene brushing plus flossing hands-on skills, and be able to understand why visiting a dentist to check the teeth is vital; which is related to this theme. Comment by Swenson, Tammy: It is unclear how this represents a sensory activity. Perhaps providing more information, and step-by-step instructions, would help.

Activity #5: Science Experiment; Acidic Teeth

Description:

The parent will conduct this simple science experiment in collaboration with the child, in order to equip him/her and the family as well, with how some foods destroy our teeth thus the need to apply effective dental health and hygiene such as brushing and flossing after every meal to protect their teeth

Materials Included:

· One hardboiled egg;

· Glass jar;

· White vinegar

Procedure:

As a parent, you should be able to accurately explain to the child that some foods are what we call “acidic” and can hurt the enamel of our teeth

· Place the egg in a jar and pour in enough vinegar to cover the egg.

· Let it sit for 24 hours. The child should observe it throughout the day, to see small bubbles forming on the eggshell.

· The next day, take out the egg and rinse it.

Observation:

All of the eggshells will be gone.

Explanation:

As a parent you should be able to explain to your child that, the vinegar is an acid that decalcifies the eggshell much like acids in food do on our teeth’s enamel; which is a semi-transparent glossy substance that covers and protects the crown of our teeth.

Activity #6: Recipes for Healthy Snacks

Description:

As a parent, you will illustrate to your child the significance of eating a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean protein such as beans or fish, dairy, and whole grains in order to keep their teeth healthy. Furthermore, that eating a variety of these healthy foods do provide the much-needed nutrients and minerals for healthy teeth such as calcium and phosphate for our teeth enamel. In this activity, you will prepare with your child Strawberry Basil Popsicles as an example of a well-balanced healthy snack diet that contains nutrients and minerals for healthy teeth such as, calcium and phosphate for our teeth enamel.

Ingredients Included:

· 1 cup of almond milk,

· 20 fresh basil leaves

· 1 cup of strawberry puree

· 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

· 1 tiny pinch of sea salt

· 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed collagen

Instructions:

1. Place the almond milk and 12 of the basil leaves in a small saucepan and bring it to barely a simmer (slight bubbling around the edges of the pot). Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. The almond milk will be slightly thickened and creamier as it cools.

2. Stir the almond milk and basil and then pour the contents through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Press the basil leaves to extract more flavor.

3. Make your strawberry puree. Then add the vanilla, sea salt, gelatin, and almond milk to the food processor or blender and process until well mixed. Add in the remaining 8 basil leaves and process until the basil is chopped into little green flecks.

4. Pour into your Popsicle molds and freeze.

5. Enjoy!!

Additional Resources:

These website give seven ways and healthy teeth best foods to make dental health and hygiene learning for kids fun, that can constructively support you as a parent towards gaining supportive dental health and hygiene information to accomplish this intervention more successfully, the website has also referrals links to credible and easily accessible websites in need of more information be such as healthy foods that contain nutrients and minerals for healthy teeth such as, calcium and phosphate for our teeth enamel, and foods to avoid.

Website #1https:// www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/7-ways-to-make-dental-hygiene-for-kids-fun-0613 Comment by Swenson, Tammy: Since this letter will presumably be given out in hard copy form, providing links for websites would not be sufficient. Maybe listing the websites, and then explaining where on the site the parents could go may help. Other resources could also include pamphlets, books, newsletters, etc.

Website #2: https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/healthy-teeth/best-foods/

Website #3: http://www.highlandskidsdentistry.com/blog/2016/02/the-importance-of-oral-health-care-for-your-child

How the Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag Works:

1. Choose a book and read it together

2. Select an activity to learn more. You can do any activity in any order you want. Each activity is labeled and there is a corresponding instruction with simple-to-follow steps. I do suggest that you do one activity per day. But you can do as many or as few as you want. In addition, you can repeat and extend many of the activities

3. Have lots of fun! Learn together! And Get smarter!

4. Please return the dental health and hygiene bag every Monday morning.

Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag Parent and Student Feedback Form:

Upon completion of these activities, please complete this form and return it to school with the bag on Monday morning.

Parent Feedback:

My Child and I enjoyed:

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My child was capable of completing the following activity(s) with ease:

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The activity (s) that challenged my child was:

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Please Note any damaged contents in the dental health and hygiene take home bag:

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Student Feedback:

My favorite activity(s) was/were:

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One new thing I learned was:

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Dental Health and Hygiene Take Home Bag Check Out:

Name of Student Date Checked Out Date Checked In Comments:

*Repairs Needed; Materials/Contents Missing

*Student’s knowledge & skills to be reinforced

Conclusion:

Without a doubt, dental health and hygiene ought to start with the very first tooth that grows in the baby’s mouth. For that reason, it’s significant that the child should have a healthy mouth upon arrival of those permanent teeth. As a professional early childhood preschool teacher who advocates for children and their families healthy choices, resources and ideas to support them towards having a sound understanding of how to live healthy lives. I believe that this dental health and hygiene take home bag, is one of the best ways to set up healthy and safe environments for children, as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The health bag selected to take home bag is designed to be fun but centered towards the provision of informative ways for the preschoolers and their families to share dental health and hygiene literacy and learning experiences. Furthermore, apart from teaching preschoolers with appropriate dental health and hygiene practices, it will also offer support and education to families at home.

References

Smile makers. (2018). Custom toothbrush floss paste bag. https:// www.smilemakers.com/marketing-your-practice/take-home-bags.html