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This curriculum for Head Start programs provides preschool learning experiences that teach about dental health. The majority of the curriculum guide is devoted to the following lesson plans: (1) "Introduction of 'Smiley the Super Pup'," an optional puppet character which may be used to review the concepts covered in each lesson; (2) "Visiting the Dentist"; (3) "Awareness of the Mouth"; (4) "The Important Functions of the Mouth"; (5) "The Importance of Keeping Teeth and Gums Clean"; (6) "Toothbrushing"; (7) "The Importance of Fluoride and Sealants"; (8) "Wise Food Choices for a Healthy Mouth"; (9) "Keeping Teeth Safe"; and (10) "Reinforcement Activities for Dental Health." Each lesson contains sections on purpose, materials needed, background information for the teacher, starting the lesson, and classroom activities. A lesson review using the puppet story (optional) and a parent letter are also included in each section. Additional sections in the guide are: (1) "Resources", a list of organizations from which to obtain additional information on dental health; (2) "Home Visit Activities"; (3) "Your Role in Helping Children with Disabilities"; and (4) "United States Public Health Service Regional Head Start Dental Directors." A questionnaire designed to provide feedback to Head Start regarding this curriculum concludes the guide. (KDFB)

Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Dental Health, Disabilities, Learning Activities, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education

Author: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families DHHS, Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9635&id=ED395680

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