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TA K E H O M E FAMILY INFORMATION THE PARTS OF ME! Young children are curious about their bodies and enjoy nam- ing and counting their body parts. Movement games, such as Simon Says and Follow the Leader, and movement songs, such as the “Hokey Pokey,” are fun ways to join children in movement as they learn the names of body parts. Help your child use correct terms rather than nicknames for body parts. This skill is very important for times when your child is injured or does not feel well. Knowing the correct terms will help your child tell you, a teacher, or a doctor what part of her or his body is hurting. PROTECT YOUR BODY Clothing helps protect our bodies. Dress your child in layers of clothing that can be removed if he or she gets hot while playing. Choose shoes that cover the entire foot and that close with ties or self- stick straps. Shoes that support and protect feet allow your child to run faster, jump higher, and have more fun! Teach your child how to protect body parts. Helmets help pre- vent head and facial injuries and are worn while bicycling, skating, or skate- boarding. Elbow, knee, and wrist pads can prevent serious joint and bone injuries. Many sports and athletic activities also require protective gear. Many communities have bike safety events and may provide free hel- mets. Check with your local police or fire department or city hall office. Remember that your child watches what you do. Modeling safe behav- ior is the best way to teach young children! From Body Care by Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett, © 2014. Published by Redleaf Press, www.redleafpress.org. This page may be reproduced for classroom use only. 17