Teaching Kindergartners About Oral Health
Have a child in Kindergarten? KidSmiles Pediatric Dentistry found some fun resources for teaching kids about oral health!
National Kindergarten Day
National Kindergarten Day is celebrated annually on April 21st. This day honors Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel (April 21, 1782 – June 21, 1852) who is credited for starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel was a German teacher and a student of Pestalozzi who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the “kindergarten” through play and activity institute as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school. His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in “children’s gardens” like plants in a garden. Today, most states in the United States offer free kindergarten to children ages five and six. Kindergarten is a fun and memorable time in the “social experience of the transition from home to school.”(www.nationaldaycalendar.com)
Online Resources For Teaching Kindergartners About Oral Health
The American Dental Association has a great section of their website entitled “Mouth Healthy Kids. There, you can find tons of resources for educators of kindergartners and kids ages preschool through eighth grade, including printouts, posters and stories! CLICK HERE
We also found a cute video from Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures, called “The Tooth Chart” in which children learn that loosing teeth is a natural part of growing up! “The Tooth Chart”
And, there’s always good old Elmo to brighten your kindergartener’s day and to teach them the value of brushing their teeth! Here’s Sesame Street’s “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Brushy Brush PSA”
There are also an abundance of resources on Pinterest for Kindergarten and Dental Health. You can access those HERE
We’ve also put together a FREE printout of dental-related songs kids can sing to help put a fun spin on oral health. Click HERE for those!
KidSmiles Pediatric Dentistry knows that healthy oral habits start at a young age. We encourage you to use the abundance of resources available online to educate your children about the fun aspects of oral health! Happy educating!