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The presentation you did was extremely valuable for our grade one students! Many of our students have not had the opportunity to visit a dentist yet and you are their first “teacher” of dental hygiene other than their classroom kindergarten and grade one teachers. I believe the information coming from you (a Dental Professional) is more “meaningful” to our students than information coming from us as classroom teachers.
Our students very much enjoy your presentation because they can understand everything you are explaining to them (you do a great job of talking to 6 year olds!) Mr. Molar was a bit hit!
Regarding the time of the presentation- I think 45-50 min would be just about right. That way it doesn’t seem rushed and the kids have a chance to ask questions.
As teachers, we plan our guest speakers but of course let our principal know who will be coming in and the purpose of the visit.
I think this presentation would benefit all grade one students in our division and it would be great if you could visit more schools!
Also, the bags provided were excellent and I know many of our students would have benefitted from their new toothbrush!
Taken from Program of Studies:
demonstrate positive hygiene and health care habits; e.g., habits to reduce germ transmission, habits for dental hygiene
If you have any more questions or I can help further, just let me know.
Grade One Teacher
To Whom it May Concern;
I am a kindergarten teacher at St. Marguerite School in Spruce Grove Alberta. For the last seven years, my classes have had the privilege of learning about dental care from Tennille Needham. She provides an excellent presentation for students to help them learn how to care for their teeth. She has made herself available to our students in her own time as she is passionate about promoting dental health for our children.
In her presentation, Tennille has prepared different activities to keep student interest and encourage dental hygiene. She brings with her many props and teaching aides to engage student interest. Her interactive backboard has colour pictures of sugary foods VS better choice foods; and a large felt tooth with felt pieces of plaque for visual cues. The kids love watching how she flosses the germs off with the large yarn thread that fits in the board. She also brings an interesting story that the children enjoy listening to, a large toothbrush and teeth set; and other props like photos, a dragon stuffie, timers, and a tooth costume “Mr. Molar” who pays us a visit.
As she puts on a mask and gloves and demonstrates how she checks teeth with real dental tools, the children can see that a dentist and hygienist will “tickle their teeth” to make sure they are healthy. She also brings a “loot bag” for the children with toothbrushes, flossers, cleaning chart, colouring sheet, a little book, and a dental information pamphlet so parents can review what their child has learned, and how to contact a dentist in our community.
I would absolutely recommend Tennille’s program to any and all schools. This presentation is a great reminder to all children of how to properly care for our teeth. As Tennille asks our kindergarten students how many children have already seen a dentist, it is interesting and shocking to see how many more children need to have their first visit to the dentist. As these children are five or six already, it is very important for children to know that they should be seeing a dentist to have their “teeth tickled” and to make sure they do not have any cavities. It is helpful for parents to be reminded, even by their children, that they need to book an appointment, and having a dentist card in the bag, might be what they need to get the wheels in motion.
I know Tennille’s presentation sticks with kids as they talk during snack time about which foods help clean their teeth! She is a great asset to our health program and I think that all classes that get to have her come in are lucky to have her share her expertise. I have really appreciated her efforts in encouraging proper dental care.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
St. Marguerite School, 395 Grove Drive
Spruce Grove AB T7X 2Y7