Malodorous or fetid? Foul, smelly or rotten? All of these are practically synonyms, but for some reason these words crack children up. Even babies laugh when their parents pinch their noses and say, "eeewww" or "pppeeeewww." And some times, children enjoy making things smell badly. For some reason, my son used to enjoy throwing his sweaty socks behind his TV. Why? Who does that?
In researching smells, rotten food and children, I came across a book entitled Stop And Smell Your Children: Laugh and Enjoy the Little Years by Leah Spina. As the mom of an almost 22-year-old, I always encourage parents with younger children to cherish every moment. They are quickly fleeting. Additional advice is to spend time creating home lessons centered around literature.
This Spring, I am promoting my children's book, What Is That Stinky, Winky Eeewww Smell? The lesson I have crafted to share with students includes explaining the following:
causes and symptoms of eColi, Salmonella and food poisoning
safe food temperatures and leftovers
importance of reading and following expiration dates.
I'll encourage children to research the following topics:
why eggs are called eggs
humans consume eggs from how many animals
how have the uses of eggs evolved since Ancient Egypt
why are eggs sold by the dozen
how many different ways do Americans eat eggs
which cultures preserve boiled eggs for hundreds of years?
And for the question I've been wanting to know since I was a child, what in the world, Dr. Seuss, are green eggs? And, Happy Belated Birthday!
As I left a classroom on Wednesday, the teacher chose to read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. There was a bit of confusion, so she clarified, "That was Dr. Leverette who read What Is That Stinky, Winky Eeewww Smell? Now, we're reading Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. One four-year-old asked, "Are they related?" There was so much laughter that I didn't get to hear if she thought the books were related or if the authors are related. Either way, that was a compliment. I walked out, smiling...