What are personal hygiene worksheets?
Personal hygiene worksheets are essential tools for teaching children (as well as adults) how to develop proper daily personal care. These worksheets may be used both at school and at home, as they are fairly simple and inexpensive to design and print, and are useful in keeping a daily record of good personal hygiene habits. Some of the learning goals outlined in a personal care plan may include identifying essential daily personal care practices, describing the most important ways of keeping the body clean, listing the benefits of good personal care, maintaining an agreed personal care plan, enumerating reasons to care for personal possessions, and selecting appropriate clothing items for an array of activities at home and in the community.
The personal hygiene worksheet will highlight keywords like personal care, cleanliness, hygiene, health, good, bad, poor, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, gel, shampoo, conditioner, towel, face cloth, clean, dirty clothes, and others. Furthermore, the students will become aware of a wide variety of personal care resources and how to use them to take care of their bodies, teeth, hair, feet and private parts. At the same time the teacher/parent/adult in charge will explain what ‘taking care of oneself’ means in terms of three main areas; namely, ‘myself’ (personal hygiene, dental, hair and feet care), ‘my clothes’ (why change from dirty to clean clothes), and ‘area around me’ (disposal of tissues, coughing, sneezing).
Several questions should be explored within the worksheet, such as why (why personal care is important for oneself and for the people around one), when (how often to wash, shower, brush, floss, change clothes), who can help (parents, teachers, nurses, dentists), where (at home, school, public places), &c. These questions should be answered and discussed at length, encouraging input from all participants. Personal hygiene worksheets may be either text-based or pictorial, or both, depending on the target audience.
In addition to discussing the contents of the personal care plan, teachers and students may take a more active approach and engage in demonstrations and role-playing. Finally, there may be a few follow-up activities, for instance continuing and reinforcing the personal care plan, filling in a visual personal care schedule for a period of time varying between a week or a month, discussing the benefits of being clean and healthy, and a daily reinforcement of the information previously given.