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Healthier Happier Life Skills: Classroom Edition (COMP)

Pennie Sempell
Pennie Sempell & Company
http://www.healthierhappierlife.com/resources

This curriculum is for grades Pre-K through 3. It consists of three DVDs (Health, Happiness, and Relationships) and a spiral bound Teacher's Guide. Also included were three DVDs on the three individual subjects stated above, along with the same episodes and songs as in the Classroom Edition. Each episode on these DVDs consists of a discussion of the subject matter, and a Broadway song that illustrates the concept. There is some information given about the origins of the songs. Worksheets and activities are given to go along with each episode. The covers of the DVD contain the statement "holistic wellness for young children," and this statement sums up the content of this curriculum. Health, relationships, emotions, feelings, social interaction etc. are covered in the lessons.

For example, the lesson entitled, My Emotions, uses the song "When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along." The episode on the DVD talks about positive emotions. There is a template provided for a book that the children can make, in which they draw pictures of times when they had a positive emotion.   Another lesson, entitled "Sense of Smell" under the Science Activities section, uses the song, "Grandma's Feather Bed."   The object is to have students identify smells that evoke positive emotions. The activity is to put different scents (vanilla, lemon, peppermint, etc.) on cotton balls, and put them in individual baby food jars. Have the children identify the scents. The take-home activity sheet for this one is called "I Smelled It First Game." The lessons are geared more to classrooms full of students, but can be adapted to individual homeschool students.

I think this would be a wonderful curriculum for use in a preschool or Christian school, but the cost might be prohibitive for homeschoolers. The Classroom Edition, with the Teacher's Guide, is $249. The individual home edition DVDs are $19.95 each, and would be more feasible for the average homeschool family. There are additional resources available on the website. I will enjoy using this in my homeschool, as I have a preschooler who loves music. Broadway show tunes will be right up her alley!



Product Review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2012


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