Health Education - Kindergarten
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In kindergarten, Health Education is the introduction to healthy behaviors. Students will begin learning information in four strands:
- Health Foundations and Protective Factors of Healthy Self (HF) is intended to be the foundation of the Health Education Core. Protective factors are attributes such as skills, strengths, or coping strategies which increase the health and well-being of children. Students with strong protective factors are less likely to develop mental illness or substance use disorders. Students will begin building strong protective factors to support their health and wellness in school.
- Mental and Emotional Health (MEH) teaches students how to advocate for the mental and emotional health of self and others. Strategies to help students manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are key components of this strand.
- Nutrition (N) helps students understand the vital role food preparation and consumption will have on their health throughout their life. A healthy diet supports the immune system and reduces the occurrence of many diseases. Proper nutrition is linked to learning readiness, academic achievement, and decreased discipline and emotional problems. Students will learn the importance of food choices and how to properly fuel the body.
- Human Development (HD) teaches students how their body changes throughout their lifespan, and how to care for and protect their bodies in a way that is developmentally and age appropriate. The focus will be hygiene and appropriate touch.
Core Standards of the Course
Strand 1: HEALTH FOUNDATIONS AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS OF HEALTHY SELF (HF)
Students will learn characteristics of a safe and healthy relationship.
Identify trusted adults (for example, parent, guardian, relative, teacher, counselor, clergy) and describe how to recognize the characteristics that make them trusted and safe.
Describe how to make friends and be a good friend.
Communicate respectfully with others.
Strand 2: MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH (MEH)
Students will identify emotions and how to appropriately react to different emotions.
Identify how different emotions feel and how the body reacts to those emotions.
Practice methods to calm down (for example, deep breathing, counting to 10, mindfulness).
Strand 5: NUTRITION (N)
Students will understand what people eat and why food choices are important for health.
List a variety of healthy foods from each food group.
Explain the importance of choosing healthy foods and beverages at each meal.
Discuss the importance of trying new foods.
Strand 6: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (HD)
Students will learn basic hygiene skills and how to interact with others appropriately.
Describe why oral hygiene, washing body and hands, and wearing clean clothes are important for a healthy body.
Explain different methods (for example, booster seats, seatbelts, helmets, safety equipment, visiting healthcare providers) for keeping the developing body safe and healthy.
Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate touch.
Discuss how to clearly say no, leave a situation or interaction, and identify and talk with a trusted adult when feeling uncomfortable, afraid, or unsafe.
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