Whittier Wellness Wednesday
Do you know the difference between what an occupational therapist does and what a physical therapist does? Try asking your Whittier school student--he or she might surprise you by being able to tell you how the two roles vary. This week Nurse Farrell's Whittier Wellness Wednesday Lesson focused on the roles of different workers in the school building. I bet you can guess which two she started with.
Every Wednesday morning the entire Whittier School Family is greeted by Nurse Farrell on the loudspeaker system. She delivers a brief health lesson which is almost like a public service announcement. This lesson is reviewed by the classroom teachers. In some classrooms the vocabulary included in the lesson has become part of the weekly spelling tests.
Every month a timely an important health issue is presented during these brief Wednesday morning lessons. September’s lessons reviewed hygiene and hand washing routines. October is devoted to the study of bones. November is American diabetes Month and we focus on diabetes. December is flu—how to prevent it and what to do if you think you have it.
This curriculum is aligned to Core Curriculum Health Standards. Some classrooms have incorporated the medical vocabulary into their work, post the words and sometimes test them. As of January we will post the words on this site so that parents can speak with their children about these topics.