A big thank you goes out to our expert guest speakers who visited us on Monday and shared their knowledge and expertise about Health. We learned so much from all of you and we are all feeling more confident in being able to answer our essential question!
Thank you Tania for sharing your knowledge about the spine. We now know that we have 24 bones in our spine. We also learned that we need to make sure we have good posture so our spine doesn't get crooked as we grow. We also You also shared how important it is to get outside and exercise instead of sitting in front of a computer or ipad when we get home! We don't want our spine to curve and look like the letter C as we get taller or have lots of neck pain!!!
Thank you Michael for sharing your rules about what we need to do to be an elite athlete - we listened as you are both a professional sportsperson and coach and know what it takes to be great at what you do! You taught us to #1 Have fun #2 Listen and Learn #3 Eat the right things, exercise and make sure you stay hydrated if you want to be a top sportsperson!
Thanks for sharing what we need to do to keep our eyes healthy Lisa. We learned that we always need to protect our eyes no matter how old we are. We also learned that the vision you have at 8 years old is the vision you will have for life - so if things seem a little fuzzy or aren't quite right when we are looking at things or reading now, we need to tell our parents and get our eyes checked!
Estelle was lucky today as she got to have a massage during Tarsh's speech! We learned that you need to know a lot about the body and muscles to be a massage therapist. We also saw what each type of massage looks like - from a relaxing massage, to a sports massage to a remedial massage. Massages are great because it ensures you get fresh oxygen to your muscles.
Brain Gym is a great way to make sure your brain stays healthy. Did you know that we have on average 70,000 thoughts a day! So it's important to keep our brains working properly. Thanks to Debbie, we got to exercise and find out why the brain is the most important organ in our body and we need to protect it. She also explained why we need to make sure we have enough water and eat the right foods every day to make it the best brain it can be!
Gus and Bianca shared with us what it takes to be elite sportspeople. They have both won medals at either the Olympic Games and/or Commonwealth Games. Gus now coaches Olympic athletes and Bianca recently won silver at the Commonwealth Games (can you believe she can squat 120kg and can jump 6metres!!!)
They told us that to be and stay healthy we need to think positively, eat and drink the right things, exercise and train every day and never say I CAN'T...but say I'LL TRY MY BEST!!!
Jo works with the hearing impaired and the deaf. We had to concentrate really hard to try and understand what she was saying when she was speaking to us in AUSLAN (using her hands to talk!). We worked it out in the end though 🙂 Her message about keeping our ears working properly is to always make sure our headphones and music are at HALF VOLUME and not to listen to music for too long. We only have around 40,000 hair cells in our ears and once they are damaged they can't be fixed!
We learned sooooooo much today about the body!!! Our brains are so full with new information - we'll sleep very well tonight! - Did you know kids our age need 10 to 11 hours of sleep every night!