Friday, November 30, 2012

Teaching Kids about Lyme Disease (post #1)

A little nervous teaching my first group!
Hi all! This past Monday I visited a school to teach a small group of kindergarteners about Lyme disease and the affects it can have on the body. This was just a small trial run but boy, I had to really think about what I was saying! Many children don't know what disease means or what a tick is so I had a lot of explaining to do.

I really love using the "Timothy Tickfinder and his dog Bullseye" characters and program because it really works with kids in elementary schools. It makes it easier to engage the younger kids because talking about bites and sicknesses can be a little heavy and kids may not really connect very easily. My proudest moment was when I asked, "what is one way we can avoid getting bitten by a tick?" and one of the little girls said, "bug spray!" It was too cute. 

We had a little quiz on what we learned and then we did a few activities that included kindergarteners' favorite thing to do! Coloring. After they were finished, we came back to the rug and everyone got a little certificate for graduating the class and joining the Tick Prevention Patrol. I also gave out bookmarks for them to show their parents that had more facts about Lyme disease. They seemed pretty excited about it and I can't wait to teach more children about this disease.

Showing the kids my giant microbe, Lymie
Here is one of the children's homework folders that his teacher sent me today. He kept his little bookmark right in his folder.

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