It Takes a Village
Have you heard the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child”? Now, I don’t have a child, but I have nieces and nephews and can tell you that the quote rings true in more ways than one. Parents are essential in raising a young person. Without parental figures, children seldom receive the guidance needed at a young age. With that being said, there are other members in the community that support your efforts as a parent. This week, we celebrate American Education Week. It is a special nod to the other members of the village that contribute to the education of your child. This can be substitute educators, school administrators and yes, other parents who are also essential in your kid’s life. Today specifically is deemed “Educator for a Day”. On this special day, members of the community are invited to come to public schools and stand in for the many teachers who are working to educate our future. If you have chosen to participate in “Educator for a Day”, you’re in luck! We have just the activity for you to do with your new “class”. Stay Away Tooth Decay Materials
- One hard-boiled egg for each child or one egg for each 3 students.
- Tooth brushes for each child or several to share. (Get these at a dollar store.)
- A cup for each child or a cup for each egg
- A dark soda
- Explain to the children that the egg represents their teeth right now (nice and white). Tell them the soda resembles the bad things for their teeth (soda, sugar, candy, etc.).
- Have each child drop their “tooth” into the dark soda. Ask them what they think will happen to the egg overnight. The next morning look at the eggs. What happened? Why?
- Have each student take a tooth brush or their group. Put toothpaste on it. Tell them to gently brush their tooth (the egg). What happens when they use good brushing skills? The egg becomes white again.