A few weeks ago, we had a special visitor come to our school. This special visitor is one that usually children don't get the opportunity to meet, THE TOOTH FAIRY! Now, our Tooth Fairy is not just any old ordinary Tooth Fairy. Our Tooth Fairy comes to our school and teaches our students about proper oral care in a fun, but gentle way. The kids had an awesome time brushing giant teeth on Nemo with a giant toothbrush and pretending to be "teeth" while the Tooth Fairy used a scarf to "floss" them!
We were supposed to have our field trip earlier this month, but our trip got postponed. Dr. Perry very generously rescheduled us. Friday, we visited Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. What an office! We were scheduled to go on a morning with no patients, so we had the full staff to show us around. What an awesome experience for the kids. We split the kids into two groups and half got to do the tour first and half got to experience the waiting room first, just like when they visit the dentist. What a treat! A puzzle area, reading area and play area, along with a gameroom filled with a bank of child appropriate video games!
The group that visited the dentist each got to sit in the chair while the Dental Hygienist practiced everything that would happen during a real visit. The Dental Hygienist used each child's finger as the "tooth" for the practice run. The children got to examine and operate all the tools and instruments. Are you surprised that the water squirter was a favorite?
I was especially tickled that as the hygienists worked, none of the kids realized that the "Tooth Fairy" was sitting there right in front of them! A few of them even told her about the visit she had paid us as the "Tooth Fairy"!
At the end of our visit, each child spun the prize wheel and got to get a prize from Dr. Perry's special toy to remember their visit. The children were sent home with little backpacks filled with toothbrushes, pencils and dental health coloring pages.
I have been teaching early childhood for about 20 years. I love what I do---it's the best job in the world!!! Where else can you go to work each day and do art, play games, have snack and get hugs regularly AND get paid for it?! I love to share ideas with other teachers and see what they are doing in their classrooms. Teaching is the best profession---we love to share!