It’s important to teach children about eating healthy and being physically active from an early age. Children who develop and learn these healthy habits at a young age are more likely to have a healthy lifestyle as adults. In Thomas County, Hand in Hand Primary School is doing just that with their Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
One favorite is Healthy Habits Day, which occurs every October at Hand in Hand. Similar to field day events, students travel around the school campus to participate in fun physical activities, such as an obstacle course, parachutes and soccer. Local law enforcement give safety tips to students, and the nutrition staff prepare healthy snacks.
Pre-K students have an opportunity each year to participate in a Healthy Habits Day field trip to learn about healthy food choices and the importance of physical activity. Each class works together to make a shopping list for various items they will need to create a nutritious snack, and then they visit a local grocery store during the field trip to purchase those items. The grocery store employees give students a behind-the-scenes tour of areas like the freezer and produce room. Students end the trip by visiting a local YMCA to play at the park and participate in a Zumba and gymnastics class.
“The Healthy Habits Day field trip is a great experience,” said Kadee Collins, support teacher. “It helps teach kids about healthy living and exercising choices. Both the students and teachers thoroughly enjoy it.”
In addition, Hanah Taylor, physical education teacher, is always thinking of creative activities for students to gain new skills in her physical education classes. Some of the students’ favorite activities include basketball, mini golf and scooter relays. She often collaborates with classroom teachers to incorporate math and sight words into color sorting and toss games, making PE a fun place to learn.
All of the teachers at Hand in Hand also participate in a positive reward system for students called “Star Bucks.” Students can cash in their earned Star Bucks for a variety of activities, such as visiting an old teacher or playing an iPad game. Students can also use the bucks to be “Coach for the Day” alongside Coach Hanah. Students can play an extra game of their choice or come to the gym during free time for extra physical activity.
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