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Dr. Seuss, beloved author in many parts of the world, wrote a telling poem in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
The poem empowers children with these lines:
“Congratulations! Today is your day,
You’re off to great places; you’re off and away.
You have brains in your head,
You have feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
In school, teachers are in a great position to help steer kids in directions that will benefit their development, like adopting healthy habits.
Mind Your Brain! - What’s the connection between “minding brains” and helping kids adopt healthy habits? It’s a no-brainer! Brain function impacts children’s success in school.
Healthy kids have greater capacity to stay on task in class. Properly cared for brains don’t just have what it takes for one-day learning; they become storage factories of information and skills for the future.
Make a Brain Box – Help children grasp these concepts with a fun activity. Make a Brain Box.
Directions for Making a Brain Box:
* a child or children sleeping
* a container of cereal and one of milk
* Optional: pictures of other healthy foods
* people being active indoors and outdoors
Steer Students Towards Getting a Good Night’s Sleep - If you work with children in the early grades, try this…
Read Dr. Seuss’ poem, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” aloud to the class.
Announce that Dr. Seuss would be proud – you’re certain – of students who choose to steer towards adopting healthy habits.
Write the title, Dr. Seuss Steers Us In the Direction of Healthy Habits on a board in your room.
Below the title start a list of healthy habits like getting a good night’s sleep. Ask students to suggest additions to the list.
How else can you steer kids towards adopting healthy habits? (more…)