ERIC Number: ED395680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Dental Health Curriculum.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
This curriculum for Head Start programs provides preschool learning experiences that teach about dental health. The majority of the curriculum guide is devoted to the following lesson plans: (1) "Introduction of 'Smiley the Super Pup'," an optional puppet character which may be used to review the concepts covered in each lesson; (2) "Visiting the Dentist"; (3) "Awareness of the Mouth"; (4) "The Important Functions of the Mouth"; (5) "The Importance of Keeping Teeth and Gums Clean"; (6) "Toothbrushing"; (7) "The Importance of Fluoride and Sealants"; (8) "Wise Food Choices for a Healthy Mouth"; (9) "Keeping Teeth Safe"; and (10) "Reinforcement Activities for Dental Health." Each lesson contains sections on purpose, materials needed, background information for the teacher, starting the lesson, and classroom activities. A lesson review using the puppet story (optional) and a parent letter are also included in each section. Additional sections in the guide are: (1) "Resources", a list of organizations from which to obtain additional information on dental health; (2) "Home Visit Activities"; (3) "Your Role in Helping Children with Disabilities"; and (4) "United States Public Health Service Regional Head Start Dental Directors." A questionnaire designed to provide feedback to Head Start regarding this curriculum concludes the guide. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.