Health

Promoting a healthy lifestyle is a goal that Lower School faculty and staff members are committed to undertaking in various ways throughout the school day. The Lower School fosters self-confidence and responsibility in the learning and social environments structured specifically for children. Students are encouraged to make increasingly informed and independent decisions, and to better recognize the outside influences that affect their personal health. In formal and informal ways students develop interpersonal skills, learn scientific knowledge essential to a healthy lifestyle, and gain fitness and confidence through physical education.

Health goals necessarily overlap somewhat with previous sections on personal and social skills, science, social studies, and physical education. This accurately reflects that health is an integral part of the Lower School curriculum. The following goals promote the interpersonal skills, scientific understanding, and social understanding that underlie a healthy lifestyle.

Health - Early Childhood

The major goals for early childhood students in Health are to:

  • demonstrate personal hygiene skills
  • differentiate between safe and harmful substances found at home and school
  • learn habits to prevent spread of head lice
  • apply coping strategies when feeling overly excited, anxious, or angry
  • demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings

Health - Kindergarten & Grade 1

The major goals for kindergarten and first grade students in Health are to:

  • demonstrate personal hygiene skills
  • demonstrate safety skills appropriate to different situations (e.g., classroom, pedestrian, bus)
  • differentiate between safe and harmful substances found at home and school
  • learn habits to prevent spread of head lice
  • know how to call for help in an emergency
  • demonstrate knowledge of the food pyramid and recognize that nutritious food provides fuel for the body
  • build effective interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills

Health - Grades 2-3

The major goals for second and third grade students in Health are to:

  • demonstrate personal hygiene skills
  • demonstrate safety skills and accident prevention appropriate to different situations
  • learn habits to prevent spread of head lice
  • know how to call for help in an emergency
  • demonstrate basic first aid for minor injuries
  • recognize and employ positive approaches to conflict resolution
  • study human genetics and reproduction

Health - Grades 4-5

The major goals for fourth and fifth grade students in Health are to:

  • demonstrate personal hygiene skills
  • understand how media techniques, culture, peers, and family influence decision-making about health
  • recognize and employ positive approaches to conflict resolution
  • learn the basic structures and functions of the human body's systems
  • analyze the effects that risky behaviors, including substance abuse, have on personal and family health
  • understand the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health
  • understand the nature and causes of peer pressure and teasing and develop strategies for building a safe and caring community
  • demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills to build and maintain healthy relationships
  • describe physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescence
  • develop increasing awareness of human sexuality and increased ability to discuss it openly

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