Choosing a healthy lifestyle as a kid is not a natural, ingrained tendency, but must be cultivated by the family to make wise choices. With reviewing MarshMedia, which is an online health education website for students in grades k-8, I have come to the conclusion that some topics are better reinforced by an outside source. Currently, MarshMedia is giving us the opportunity as homeschoolers to take advantage of a special offer being made exclusively for us, which is a Homeschool Special.
*The Homeschool Special is a subscription that will give you exclusive access to stream 59 of the most requested video programs. There is a one time fee of $50, and you may view whichever programs you choose as many times as you would like. Hurry as this incredible deal will only be available until 12-31-17, so you sure do not want to miss out!
My review is based on three, out of the 59 video programs I chose that would be a great fit for my family, they are Wash Those Hands, You’re Not A Little Kid Anymore, and Go Slow Whoa!
~The videos, my kids ages (9,7,5) choose to watch, were really lighthearted and very entertaining. As they were engaged in previewing each video, some of the concepts I have tried to instill in them were being reinforced as to why we need to make the choices we do. Sometimes we think our children are not always listening, which proved to be false when a few days after my 9-year-old had previewed one of the videos he shared with the family that the ice-cream we were about to eat is a Whoa food! So YES my kids are listening and YES they are learning, and thanks to MarshMedia for helping us along on our healthy lifestyle journey.
~The first video we previewed was Wash Those Hands!
I am working on having my kids remember to wash their hands before eating a meal, after playing outdoors or when they sneeze, cough, and wipe their nose. With its simplistic way of presenting the information my kids were taught some very practical ways of how to effectively wash their hands. The need and how important it is for hand washing was greatly reinforced.
- Bacteria and How It Spreads
- Where Germs Exist (phones, toys, pets, friends)
- Correct Way of Washing and Length
- Correct Way to Rinse
- Everyone Should Wash Hands
- Clean Hands With Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth
- Use Hand Sanitizer or Wipes If Water and Soap Are Unavailable
~The second video was You’re Not A Little Kid Anymore!
This video was a great choice for my 4th grader who is at the age of not being a little kid anymore. Some of the questions that have been asked I believe were answered in this video, as to the ‘why I have to’ and ‘the importance of taking care of your body.’ Personal hygiene is one area that needs some training with kids, because not all of them understand or know how to care for themselves!
- Sweat Glands and Bacteria
- How to Properly Shower & Wash Your Hair
- Pimples and Clean Skin
- Clean Clothes, Underwear, Socks & Shoes
- Caring For Your Teeth With Brushing
- Keeping Your Fingernails Clean
- Protecting Your Hearing & Eyes
- Clean Hands
~Our third video was GO Slow Whoa!
We really had a good time with this video and learning about Go Foods, Slow Foods and Whoa Foods! Teaching my kids the importance of nutrition is best learned when they know how each food or food group affects their body, and when they should eat it. It is neat to hear my kids say to each other now when eating food whether it is a Go, Slow or Whoa food!
- Basic Food Groups
- Effects of Sugar
- Importance of Water
- Too Much Salt
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Healthy Portion Size
- Limit Snacks
Other K-8 Video Topics Include:
- Students With Special Needs
- DVD’s Available in Spanish
~Teaching children to have & maintain a well-balanced lifestyle takes a lot of time, patience and reinforcement. The saying ‘More is Caught Than Taught’ is absolutely true, so be the example for those that follow!
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