The students continue to surprise us coaches with their knowledge and enthusiasm on our third outing! They were extremely receptive to what we had to teach on the topic of hygiene.
Throughout the week, us coaches introduced the components of daily hygiene in a fun but informational manner. Students attempted to clean their paint-filled hands with hand sanitizer, only to realize that it isn't as effective as washing their hands with soap and water! They also tried to clean peanut butter off their hands, learning that if they kept their fingers together, peanut butter would still be left between their fingers. This was a representation of their teeth and what happens when they don't floss!
We also gave the students some time to sit back and work on a hygiene crossword puzzle and were pleased when the students became really determined to complete the puzzle. They had fun exploring familiar and new terms and concepts relating to hygiene. Us coaches then tackled the concepts of male and female hygiene; although this wasn't as interactive and fun as the other activities, the students kept their interest and learned quite a few things!
Last but definitely not least, we performed skits displaying characters with both good and bad hygiene. It was up to the students to determine which character was hygienic and which one wasn't (i.e. sneezing into their arm vs. into their hands). The student were quick to catch on and made very accurate judgments on what was hygienic.
The students learned a couple things from our past week of outings. For most of the hygiene concepts we introduced, the students seemed to already have an elementary understanding beforehand, but a friendly reminder doesn't hurt!
Our outing, once again, was a great success, and we can't wait to discuss mental health in our next outing!