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Amber, 12th grade
Health instruction is essential and builds the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It can also be a fun class that is less rigorous than your core courses.
Before you set out to purchase or design your own health course, check your science scope and sequence. With many publishers, health is built right in to your science textbook.
However, if you don’t find it in your science curriculum, there are five major topics covered in most health courses. Touch on these through discussions, field trips, or using a specific course purchased through a homeschool curriculum site such as www.curriculumexpress.com.
- Meal planning. Have your child plan out the meals for a week and do a nutritional analysis on the ingredients.
- Read the labels for your favorite snacks and chart out your findings
- Visit a local health food store–many store owners will enjoy sharing their knowledge with a captive audience.
- Personal Hygiene
- Encourage regular hygiene–hair, skin and nails
- Brushing teeth
- Visit a dentist office to discuss potential dental problems
- Research various difficulties and diseases associated with unclean nails, hair, and body parts such as worm, lice, rashes, etc.
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Discuss the dangers of drugs and alchohol
- Essentials of gaining the right amount of sleep
- Exercise–a fun activity: exercise every day for one week, then take a week off. Note the difference in how you feel.
- Set up an exercise challenge–lay out goals and chart progress
- Fire Safety–This is a biggie and should be included every year. Use books like No Dragons for Tea to teach young children proper responses to a fire; visit a fire company; request fire safety books from your local fire company; have your child draw up an escape plan outlining the escape routes from all rooms in your home; conduct a few fire drills throughout the school year–be sure to cover this topic. Believe it or not, I have seen schools push to have students placed back into school on this issue alone.
- Bike Safety
- Safety in the home–using a stove, using knives, unplugging appliances, etc.
- Growth and Development
- For younger children: make a book about the human body with this pdf file. http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/profbooks/ bodybook.pdf
- Discuss the growth and development process at age appropriate times.
If you are a member of Bridgeway Academy, visit our Members Only site and link to a fun and educational health site for elementary students or take our free health elective designed for students in grades 6-12.
Jessica L. Parnell is a homechool consultant and evaluator as well as the principal of Bridgeway Homeschool Academy, a fully accredited international homeschool academy that has been serving the homeschool community since 1989.? For more of? Jessica’s thoughts and ideas visit her personal blog at ? Homeschooling Help – From One Homeschool Mom to Another