What do teachers who have used the Health Education for Youngsters (HEY!) curriculum in the past have to say about how it impacted their students?
“I really love listening to my kids feed me back the information that they’ve learned, using words like amygdala and being able to point it out on the Brain Map.”
- Kristen, St. George’s Episcopal
People often forget how impressive children can be. Children have minds like sponges that are wired to learn everything from language to math to biology. All they need is information that is presented in an age-friendly fashion. HEY! successfully teaches children challenging scientific topics by engaging students in the learning process. Children get to learn about their bodies and environment through playing together, doing hands-on activities and sharing in circle time. This early education gives them a foundation that can help to later success in STEM fields.
“They were just so excited about healthy foods!”
“They took what we were learning in class and applied it to their own lives.”
Young children are brimming with natural curiosity and ambitious dreams like becoming a firefighter, astronaut or ballet dancer. They want to learn how to be their best, and they can get really excited about having an opportunity engage in making healthy choices regarding their own nutrition, exercise and social development. HEY! helps to build lifelong healthy habits and taste preferences by getting children interested in these concepts today.
“They go home and teach their parents what they have learned. At the grocery store, they want to buy snap peas and broccoli because that’s good for their brain.”
- Cynthia, Trinity Child Development Center
Children can have a big impact on their families’ health habits and nutritional choices. In fact, a recent study shows that a child can influence up to 50% of a family’s grocery purchases! By introducing children to new healthy foods and nutritional concepts, HEY! helps to empower entire families.