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Service Learning Project

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Rachel Rombalski

on 2 April 2013

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Personal Hygiene and Staying Healthy Service Learning Project None of us have worked with kids before (no projects or fieldwork). We were allowed to visit a kindergarten classroom at Townsend North in Vassar.
Katelyn Bilbee got us into contact with her mom and she gave was 4 times to choose from on March 25th, 2013.
Health and hygiene is something that needs to be constantly addressed with kids.
Use of visual aides, handouts, open discussion and activities for the age group (5-6 years), for 1 hour. Hygiene Kits Combs
Hand Sanitizer By: Amy Londry, Rachel Rombalski and Tonya Young Hand Washing General information (when and why you should do it)
How do you wash your hands? (information, sing happy birthday)
Germs are everywhere!
Activity (spray water on their hands and make them touch things to see how easy germs are spread and that you cannot see them) Brushing Teeth Explanation of a good toothbrush (soft bristles and gentle)
Technique (give them their toothbrushes and pretend to brush teeth)
When to brush (at least twice a day)
Activity (read Brush Your Teeth Please, by Leslie McGuire) The Morning Routine Importance of Bathing and Washing All Body Parts (discussion, how different animals bathe themselves)
Brushing Hair (discussion, what it helps)
Washing Face (discussion, wakes you up)
Eating a Healthy Breakfast (activity; sort good and bad foods) Completed by Tonya Completed by Rachel Completed by Amy Choosing a Topic Celebration Healthy snack (oranges and fruit snacks) Distribution of Certificates Reflection Prior to the celebration, we asked open discussion questions to review what we discussed: Personal Reflections Should we brush our hair every morning?
Who can tell us a healthy breakfast snack?
When should we wash our hands?
Should we brush our teeth before school? Before we gave out certificates we asked each of them one thing they learned during the presentation. Different things we heard from the kids were: How often to bush your teeth
How rhinos get clean
When to use hand sanitizer
Sing Happy Birthday while washing hands Rachel Tonya Amy Overall, I felt that our project went really well. Throughout the program I have always done my projects with the elderly population, and I wanted to work with children for this project. I am glad that we did because we all had so much fun. The children were so smart and they had a lot of knowledge about healthy habits. When we did the healthy/bad food sorting, each of us (Rachel, Tonya, and I) worked with a table to help them, but my table didn’t need my help at all. They had correctly sorted all of food within a minute. I was very impressed. When I was going over the proper way to brush their teeth, one student said, “ya and you need to do it for 2 minutes!” Again, I was very impressed by that. All of the students were very interested in the storybook that I read to them and seemed to really enjoy it. I could tell that all of the students were proud of their certificates because they all took really good care of them and they really took the time to look at them to see their name. Evaluation Process Comments from Students Improvements Mrs. Bilbee stated that the presentation went very well. She also stated that her students were spoiled today with the presentation and the kits they received.
The students were able to answer all of the evaluation questions we used.
Many of the students said that they were going to go home and brush their teeth as soon as they get to Grandma’s house.
One little girl said that doesn’t have soap at home and that she was going to use the hand sanitizer she received in her kit. We felt that next time; we would make some of the interactive activities a little more challenging. Especially, the food sorting activities since the students were so knowledgeable about healthy foods.
We also discussed that we would alter the germ spreading activity, since many of the students didn’t understand what we wanted them to do. We sprayed their hands with water and wanted them to pretend that the water was germs, and then have them touch objects and other people to see how germs are spread. But, we actually happened is when we sprayed their hands, they just sat there with their hands out, not knowing what to do. So, we would change the activity slightly and give a little different direction, if we were to do this again. Evaluation Process We learned that kindergarteners today, have more knowledge about healthy habits/hygiene than we did when we were in kindergarten 16/17 years ago. Eating healthy and having healthy habits is now threaded into the curriculum at a much earlier age than it used to be.
We learned how to communicate/educate younger children and how to create a lesson plan for a school setting.
We learned that many of the things that we may take for granted, others may not have. For example, we were telling the students that they should wash their hands before each meal with soap and water and one little girl raised her hand and said we don’t have soap at home. Survey of Students Lessons Learned Prior to our project presentation, Mrs. Bilbee told us that there were 20 students. On the day we attended, 18 students were in attendance. Even though I had anxiety in anticipation of presenting this presentation, I feel that it went great. I am so glad that we were able to find a classroom that accommodated us into their daily routine. Mrs. Bilbee was very helpful and facilitated our presentation. This was a population that none of us have gotten the opportunity to work with yet and I feel that it was a good stepping stone before each of us are working with kids in our level II’s. The one thing that I feel could have been changed was how challenging the presentation was for these kindergarteners. They knew all of the answers to our questions, but still enjoyed every second of our presentation. I also feel like they would have liked it if we put in more open discussion. In my portion, I allowed time for open discussion and asked them a lot of questions that they could relate to. They also really enjoyed it when we went up to them when they were eating their snacks and discussed what they learned and whatever they wanted to tell us. The need was determined by OT students’ interests in working with kids and the importance of hygiene and health for kids should constantly be reinforced. Involvement of Kids This was a very interactive presentation, so the students were involved throughout the entire hour. The students had opportunities to share stories, ask questions, and answer questions. With each lesson plan we had an activity to allow the students to be interactive. We had the students get up and move around so they did not lose focus. Most of the students were able to stay on task and attend to the lesson for the entire hour. Needs Assessment Cost and Budget The overall cost for out project was $60 for all of the supplies in the hygiene kits. There were 3 of us in our group and we decided that we could each spend $20 to provide hygiene kits for each student. We felt that it was necessary to provide these children with the means to achieve the end goal which is proper hygiene. Our reasoning was that if the children have the knowledge on how to be clean and healthy but they do not have the necessary supplies (such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc.) they will not be able to follow through. Description of follow-up At the end of the lesson, we distributed a healthy snack and we asked the students what they should do before eating their snack. They all said that they should wash their hands.
We had the students wash their hands and when they were washing they begin signing Happy Birthday without any cues from us.
While they were eating their snack, we passed out certificates for being healthy kids. Explanation of follow-up We decided to do a small celebration because we felt that it was important for the students to feel good about being healthy. We decided to give them a snack because it was a way for us to see if the students were able to apply what they learned, such as washing their hands before eating. We also wanted to show them that having a snack throughout the day can be healthy. We gave them certificates because it was something tangible that they had to show what they learned. We also thought that this was something, along with the handouts that we gave them to take home, they could show their parents. We hope that by showing their parents what they learned at school that this would further prompt discussion and follow-through with their parents. For example, we gave them a hand washing chart to track when the child is washing their hands and we gave them a sheet of the steps of hand washing that need to be put in order. We also gave them a sheet with visual pictures of all the areas of the mouth and teeth that should be brushed; this is something that parents could hang up in the bathroom for their children. Conclusion Overall, we were not only pleased with the results of our project, but we were proud of our project. We all now feel very comfortable developing a lesson plan for kids and implementing it even when we do not have any direct ties to the audience. If we got the time and the opportunity, we would love to do it again! Like Rachel, I too was nervous in anticipation for this presentation. I have never worked with children before so it was all a new experience for me. In my opinion, everything went very well from start to finish. Mrs. Bilbee was very welcoming and eager to have us in her class. The students were also extremely excited to have us come as well. They all participated and interacted with us and every activity we had them do. The excitement had to be redirected sometimes as the kids would get a little off track because they all wanted to tell us their stories of who was sick in their family and their pets. I was very surprised at how much the children already knew about healthy habits. I don’t think I knew that much at that age because those concepts were not emphasized like they are now. I think it is only beneficial for the children that they are taught all of these concepts at such a young age. The kids also enjoyed their snack we brought for them as well as the goody bag they got to keep and take home to reinforce the concepts we talked about. The Lesson Plan:
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