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6. Be a Good Example
Children watch people around them. They pay attention to what you do,
as well as to what you say.
Be a good example.
Take care to do
yourself what you
are teaching to your
Your family can be
a good example for
• Clean your teeth carefully every day. Also, help your children keep
their teeth clean.
• Make a garden near your house and plant a variety of vegetables and
fruits in it.
• Buy only good, healthy food from the store. Do not buy sweet foods
and drinks for yourself or your children.
7. Make the Community Part of Your Classroom
A child’s home and his community are really more important to him
than his school. Learning will be more interesting for a student if the
day-to-day needs of his home and his community are part of school
Let students find out more about problems
at home and in their community.
• How many small children have
cavities or red, bleeding gums?
• How many stores have mostly
sweet snack foods on their
• Why do the people not grow
and eat more local food?
Back in the classroom, students can record what they find. Ask the
children to think of ways to solve the problems they found. If they can
think of a program to help solve a health problem, let them go back into
their community and try it.