High & Low

Hurricane Matthew Food Distribution

After we began our food distribution efforts to the Bamboula Beach residents, as a result from hurricane Matthew, Les found out that the inland residents were the only residents that received the food.  Those residents living on the beach would not attempt to go to the magistrates house which is located on the left veering curve in the neighborhood area that you must drive through to get to the beach house.  We had dropped two loads of food.

Upon hearing this, Les made arrangements to pick up more food.  Just recently, we distributed two loads of food to the beach dwellers; however, this time Janette, the magistrate, came to the beach house to hand the food out and the inland residents refrained from coming.

This brings back memories to us of when we lived in a remote village called Maraingyur in India.  It had two sections, a high caste area and a low-caste area, which was divided by a 2-3 mile long foot/bike path.  Separating the two sections of the same village were agricultural rice paddy fields.  If you have been to the beach house in Haiti, you will have recognized a similar set-up.  How ironic – that no matter where you live, there is a segregation of sorts: low, middle, and high-class societies.

Janette, the Magistrate, is on the right. Denise, on the left, comes to help with yard work and other grounds upkeep

When Janette came, she tore open all the boxes and in neat piles laid out a portion of meals per household.  When she was ready to receive the residents, she sat down with a pad of graph-style padded note paper and a pen.  As the people came, they gave her their name and took their portion. Janette watched as each household took their portion.  When they left she proceeded by asking for the name of the next household name.  In the end 110 inland residents were fed and 148 beach dwellers are fed.  We praise God He has trusted us to be His instruments to make a difference anywhere we are.

Reflecting on this whole situation, we are reminded what we read in Romans 2:11 which says that the Lord God is not a respecter of persons.  Every one is important in his eyes.  If only we could follow the cultural system the Bible lays out for us to have, how much better off we would be.

 

Manna Packs Laid Out In Stacks Per Household
First Small Group Of Recipients
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Are You Standing?

I didn’t think we would ever use the Armor of God armor suit that Les put on when we did the Armor of God choral reading as a family.

Just recently we finished studying each piece of the Armor of God.  During the series, we had a different girl volunteer each time to put on the pieces of the armor up to the point of the material we were covering.  For easier understanding, lots of pictures were used to describe the meaning of each armor piece and scripture to explain it as well.  Here is a small sampling of the images used.

 

 

 

 

 

We always end a bible study series with a quiz/final review in a game format, which they all really get into.  It really becomes deafening with all the screams and cheering on one side or the other for the team members especially when they get it right.  The closer we get to the end of the game, the louder it gets.

04/24/17 Les and Katia – throughout the drama Katia followed Les.  As he put on the armor so did she.

Now, here we are years later, and Les used the same armor suit to help illustrate in practical demonstration how to fight the spiritual battle that we all wage using the appropriate scripture while putting it on.  The drama did look a little different from our family version and there was a bit of excitement added.  The drama included satan’s accusations with Les, the soldier, responding to the fiery darts.  Graciously, Zachery’s friend, Alex, visiting from Mt. Zion school of ministries, helped fill Satan’s role and portrayed and prowled around like a lion looking for that weak, open spot to attack, and how he would devour the soldier, Les.   He came from within the crowd of kids with a big roar and even stalk the kids a little.  Les was  taunted, accused, and stalked by the devil.  He used his shield to guard himself and somewhat steer the “lion” away.  He remained attentive and alert.  I think they enjoyed it and now have a better idea how to use each armor piece.

The LORD God has given us such a huge gift with this armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. I, Catherine, learned a lot as I prepared for each lesson.  This has to be one of my favorite studies.

Being followers of Christ, we are all soldiers in His army.  What kind of soldier are you?  Are you fitted well with your armor on?  Is it in good shape: polished, sharpened, and fitted?  Are you practiced up?  Are you prepared for the “spiritual battle” that is waging around you?  Are you standing strong and continuing to stand?

May the LORD God help us to STAND FIRM in our faith in “the day”.

  • Thank you Les for being a “good sport” and playing the part of the soldier.
  • Thank you Zachery for helping translate such important truths for these young soldiers.
  • Thank you Alex for your willingness in the last-minute request to participate in the drama.
  • Thank you Olga for recording this drama.
  • Thank you Lael for the special picture.
  • Thank you Mom DeRoos for finding it, getting it ready, and sending it to us.

Sewing Basics

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Sewing Dots

For some, sewing is just a hobby, it is therapy.  For these girls it means a possible future trade or keeping their hands busy with a useful project.

I began basic sewing classes 06/2013 with the oldest six girls here at the beach house on Friday’s after school.

The basic five hand/mending stitches that were in the line-up to learn were: the running stitch, the half back-stitch, the full back-stitch, the hem stitch, and fringe stitch.  The first class was a great learning lesson for me.  I tried to teach all five stitches and quickly learned I needed to slow down.  I ended up teaching only two stitches that day.

I thought I had prepared well enough with pictures to demonstrate.  I had used Google Translate to help with my Creole instruction to go with the pictures, but Google Translate used words that they were not familiar with, and it was too early in my language learning to know better.  While, pictures are a great way to instruct, I ended up using the best method for the circumstances.  I demonstrated the two stitches with each of the six individual girls.  I was kept hopping around the table for three hours with questions like “Konsa? Sa bon Madam Katrine?”  (“Like this? This good Madam Catherine?”) Some were getting it and some were not, even after the up close personal demonstration.  The poor dears seemed to want to do a “good job and do it right”, and I wanted to help, but felt a bit discouraged because that needed one-on-one instruction.  My approach was simply not working.  I was worn out. *#:-S whew!I felt like I had run a marathon and my feet were hurting. There were really too many of them for me to handle correctly and teach effectively.  There were four that needed more of a one-on-one instructional time, and a couple of them needed very little one-on-one time.

Sewing Kit
Sewing Kits

On another day, after talking with Madam Djoune and sharing my struggles, she shared that when she learned to sew by hand, they were taught with using dots and numbers.  The first image shows my original dots and numbers with the instructional postcard that I created for each of them.

One of the fun things for me in teaching my own children was to learn how they learn.  I was learning the personalities, their interest levels, and learning styles.  The most important factor for them was being able to get out regardless of the interest level.

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Sewing girls: Lordine, Atinia, Yvelande, Willienne, & Sophonie

When school was out 06/29/2013, I ended up teaching them on an individual basis at the Center.  That was so much better.  Part of the class practice was spent mending some clothes, mostly school uniforms.

Now, fast forward, and here we are with five of the girls at the beach house.  I guess I didn’t learn my lesson the first time; however, the problem is that there is really no good place at the Center to do this.  I worked with the five who had already taken lessons before but quickly found out that I had to refresh their memories because it had been a while.

Each one of these girls will hand sewing their own sewing kit bag with pockets to have a place to put each sewing kit tool.

A huge thank you to Carolee Franzkowiak and Mom DeRoos for putting these sewing kits together.

Our babies are growing up!

James 1:27 has had its first babies graduate.  The next stage has begun. (see photo’s below)

They are now all attending pre-preschool, which begins at three years of age and seem to be adjusting very well.  At the beginning of the school year, these graduates moved to their new home either at CCH or at Joshua House.

It all began in early 2013. Les and I were sitting in our living room on Mia Road.  We had not moved to the beach house yet.  Eddy came for a brief visit on his way to the Center just to tell us where he had just been.  He had just seen babies in a hospital in a corner being thrown away and left to die and a couple of babies with jaundice laying in the sun, getting a sunburn.  My heart broke.  It was then that I began praying for a way to help these helpless babies. Les and I talked with Eddy and Djoune on what to do to help.  None of us had an answer to this so we all committed it to the Lord in prayer.

One day Eddy asked Les about having a place for widows.  Les responded and said, “what about the babies as well?”  Eddy said, “I was thinking about that, but didn’t know how you would feel.”  That’s when the vision of the James 1:27 Center was birthed.

In January 2014, Baby Reuben came.  The James 1:27 Village was not yet ready to house babies and Eddy could no longer say no.  So one of the CCH dorms received Baby Reuben with open arms. There has been a steady flow of babies coming ever since.  Here are a couple of ways you can help if so moved:

  • These nine graduates are currently not sponsored.  Annual sponsorship at CCH and Joshua House is $2,000.  If interested, please contact us for the necessary information.
  • James 1:27 – Since adoption is not possible yet, here are some continuous ways to meet James 1:27’s daily needs:  Diapers, Wipes, Lotion, Powder, Enfamil and Isomil Formula, and Financial Sponsorship.

Please pray for these grads and their continued adjustment to their new home and their schooling.  Please continue praying for the little ones at James 1:27 and for their needs.  Please pray how the Lord would have you be involved in their lives.

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B.R.I.G.H.T. Lights

B.R.I.G.H.T. Lights is a bible study that encourages a serious walk with the Lord and to grow in him. B.R.I.G.H.T. is an acronym for Being Radiant In Godliness Holiness & Testimony.  Every Friday afternoon is when we get together.  The first time they attend, each person receives a notebook and a pen and with these they write scriptures, take lots of notes, and write commitments.  These are very special tools to them and they are very excited when they receive them.  I try to make this fun too by bringing color pencils for them to use to do underlining and highlighting.  They don’t underline or highlight in their bibles because they think somehow they are compromising the Word of God.  Some of their notebooks are pretty colorful.  It was important for me to provide these tools because when you write things down, you slow down and tend to think more about what you are writing.  

Another tool used is a big white wipe off-board using very colorful markers.  With this I have noticed that anything written down ahead of time is promptly written in their notebooks.  I pre write important information to save time, but there is a problem with this.  They get distracted in what they are writing and then they aren’t able listen as well as they should.  So this idea has backfired a bit.  I  have noticed that some of the brief notes I write down ahead of time are written down exactly as I have literally written it, which was not the intention.  As is usually the case, the teacher often learns along with the students, how they think and how they learn.  It seems I cannot abbreviate ahead of time some written portions of the lessons just to save time.  It isn’t always the best way.  Sometimes taking the time to write things down as something is being explained is.  I need to slow down and take one step at a time to make sure they are getting and not worry about saving time.

This Bible study material has five sets.  The first set of topics are included in the following list.  We have already covered the lessons that are in bold.  

  1. Being Strong for the Lord in Your Youth
  2. Developing a Close Relationship with the authorities in your life 
  3. Gaining a Clear Conscience
  4. Developing a Disciplined Walk with God
  5. Understanding the Fear of the Lord
  6. Accepting God’s Design for You
  7. Total Dedication to God

It is enjoyable for me to prepare this study each week.  It has been a long time desire of mine to do a digging deeper bible study like this.  One of the challenges I face is that their education structure is not driven by interaction.  They are prone to take the information they can get by just listening.

Please keep this bible study in your prayers.

  1. Pray for Catherine as she prepares and teaches and to find effective ways to share.
  2. Pray for receptive hearts of the girls and boys attending.
  3. Pray for understanding of the material and for spiritual growth.
  4. Pray for each one to be able to apply what is learned.

May the Lord bless all the efforts above and beyond anything I could ever imagine.

In the name of Jesus.  Amen!

Moringa Booklet in Creole, HOT off the presses

Doliv Booklet
Doliv Booklet

WOW!!  It is here.  The first ever, Moringa Booklet of its kind in Creole.

          I don’t even know where to begin.  I am so excited for this accomplishment.  It has taken me about four years to get to this point.  It is the first step to get this valuable tool into the hands of Haitians so that they can begin understanding the wonderful blessing God has given them for health and wellness through the Moringa Tree.
          The story is a long, frustrating one, but good gifts don’t always come in easy to open packages.  Yet, miracles do happen along the way for encouragement.
          My first instructional class took about five minutes in the beginning of March of 2013 with the CCH Madams.  It was a quick showing of the tree, how to clean the leaves, and
letting dry them in the shade.
          Three months later the Country of Haiti endorsed the Moringa Tree as a source of great nutritional benefit, animal feed, and a help with reforesting Haiti.  Digicel, the National leading telephone company sent an endorsement of the Moringa Tree to each one of its customers in the country as a text.  It was truly an answer to our prayers as we seemed to hit dead ends as we tried to promote the benefit of Moringa.
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Moringa Potassium Benefit

          After discovering that pictures and storytelling were best approach to teaching in Haiti,  I began praying for a way to do this.  The Lord knew my dilemma and sent Dan LeBlanc on a team who was a cartoonist.  How do you like that.  Gifts do fall from heaven.  After sharing my thoughts with Dan, he was gracious to work with me on nutritional concepts in cartoon form. This was no easy task, as I was still learning what would make sense to the Haitian in art form.

          Late November of 2013 I received the first art-work from Dan.  Once I had these, I began putting together a picture book about the nutritional benefits of Moringa.  It wouldn’t be until halfway through the next year that I would have another opportunity to teach the Madams.  I tried only twice to find that our schedules were not cooperating well.  Finally, Madam Kada just asked for a book.
          PowerPoints also work very well here, so I had begun putting together a Moringa PowerPoint in English and was ready to go, I just needed a translator.  Les had gathered all the older girls and housemothers for the first official teaching of Moringa and its benefits.  This was two weeks before our return home for Christmas 2014, and I thought I could do the whole thing then in two Saturdays…or so I thought.
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Doliv Instructional Page

          Jackson, a young man who we have helped to learn English, came to the rescue to help translate for me; but during the seminar, of all things, the sun came out and was so bright in the chosen room, you could not even see the images well enough to benefit the class.  Then, the sheets that I gave Jackson to follow along with got into the hands of the girls and they got mixed up. This half hour to 45 minute seminar took three hours.  I could see the expressions on the housemothers faces.  I knew they had to get back to work.   I felt so bad and so discouraged.  It was obvious that the intended two, half hour to 45 minute sessions on back to back Saturdays would take longer than anticipated. Really, the nutritional benefit of Moringa deserves more than a flying attempt to “get er done”.  I truthfully also needed to get the PowerPoint and booklet translated into Creole.

          Knowing how busy Djoune (Eddy’s wife) was, we had a friend in Haiti who had just translated a book into Creole and asked for his help. When I finally finished that project, I showed Djoune the book, and she said she also wanted to help. So, I gave her the book.  It took me months after that to complete the PowerPoint because we suddenly left Haiti in September to take care of my tooth issues.  We returned to Haiti January, 2016 and four months later April of 2016, I printed the first Creole Moringa master copy.  I was gearing up to begin the Moringa seminars again. Then…in April my computer died.  I was stunned.  All that work was gone just like that.  You can read about that whole episode in Glitches, Hiccups, Setbacks.

          About a week ago, I just decided to get the master copy printed and there you have it, with lots of sweat and tears.  Hot off the presses on May 26, 2016, is this beautiful book.  May God bless it to bless others.  The rest of the story is yet to be unfolded.  I am still waiting for my computer and ALL of the information safe and sound on it.  Please pray for the right people and the right tools necessary to fix this problem.
Dan LeBlanc, Thank you for your willingness to use your artistic gift to help with this project.
Djoune, Thank you for your help in proofreading the Creole.
Cory Thede, Thank you for your efforts in translating this valuable material into Creole

We aren’t in Kansas anymore Toto

Cultural Differences

Not one day is the same in Haiti.  Plans change as quickly as they are made and attitudes can go south quickly too. Like mine did.
We were headed to the Center for Bible Study Monday night the 29th of February.  We were stopped by a young man in the small community on the way to the main road.  He gave us an envelope which requested rock to fix the road we lived on.  Our thoughts were, sure we can “help” with the road repair.  However, we were running crunched on time and did not take the time to deal with the letter until we were confronted with it about a week later.
Les was on his way to a meeting to deal with another issue and there was a huge yet peaceful demonstration with a group of people digging a hole in the road and standing in the way so he could not pass.  Les turned around went another way and found some help to deal with the situation from a police friend. After calling a police friend of ours, they began yelling and screaming outside our gate.   In cultures like Haiti, running to the police is usually the last resort, because the police are usually corrupt and extort the people.  When we called the police, this sent them the message that we were their enemy and not their friends and were not here on peaceful terms.  Their actions showed us they were not on friendly terms with us.  Our different ways of dealing with things clashed.
Other 3rd world cultures are the same way but not to the same level.  They were showing us that they wanted an answer and they wanted it immediately.  It all got resolved through the police friend, but Les had to explain that because he didn’t know Creole enough to converse with them, he needed help to talk about the situation.  He also shared that we would like to see the community pitch in and help.  The community was glad that their voices were heard and peace has been established in the community once again.
Haitians are a reactionary people, yet still my attitude wasn’t any better with my heart turning sour quickly because of their actions.  I felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit who spoke to my heart and said, “Aren’t you being quick to react with your own attitude?”  We all live in a fallen world which is full of sin.  My silent heart reaction was no different from their outward, loud demonstration. We all react in different ways and many times it is quick and irrational.
Yes, we may be seasoned missionaries, but we are still learning and still fight the sinful nature of man.

James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:..”


What’s all the Commotion?

Over the years we have had a number of people ask us, why they don’t see any cats in Haiti.  Dogs are everywhere, but cats seem to be almost nonexistent. We recently had this question answered in a real way while we were home one day.  It was a quiet, peaceful day, when out of nowhere, we heard a lot of commotion.  Six men were pursuing something within our compound.  Les and I exited out the front door to see what was happening.  Most of the men by then were out of sight except Michel (Meeshell), one of the men that helps maintain the grounds at the beach house.  When inquiring about what had just happened, we were told that there had been a large cat that had made its way into our compound.  These six men chased the cat down.  It never had a chance.  It was going to be their supper for the night.
Animals serve a different purpose in other cultures.  In Haiti they have specific jobs and are not known as “pets”.  Dogs are guards for the home, and on rare occasion, cats are used for rodent control.  The way dogs and cats are treated is so different.  Imagine a population where the family has a difficult time keeping food on the table for themselves…food for animals makes no sense at all.  As it turns out, cats are a delicacy in the Haitian diet.  So maybe that is why we don’t see that many cats.

Oral Care Camp 4

All the oral care fun has come to an end, that is at least for the girls.  The next group to instruct is the Joshua House boys.

One of the first questions I asked is what the most feared thing was for them upon entering the dental clinic?  It was unanimous!  THE NEEDLE!

I immediately explained that the only reason the doctor would use a needle is if they had a bad tooth and that THE NEEDLE was really their “friend”.  It was used for numbing the area so that the doctor could help them with their bad tooth.  I encouraged them to do a good job of brushing, flossing, and eating healthy foods so that all they needed was a good cleaning.

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Showing a special dental model for teaching looks and feels like the real mouth with soft tissues with Madame Bernadette’s help.
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Dental Clinic Tour with Jackson helping translate.

I then showed them another tooth model.  This model looks and feels like the real mouth with soft tissues.  With this small area the dentist needs helpful tools to look at each of their teeth so he could see well in such a small place.  Using the model, I inserted my small mirror with a light and demonstrated what the dentist would do and say upon what he was seeing.  Using these tools he could tell what teeth were good and what teeth were bad or the teeth that needed a little help.  The dentist would also use a special tool to measure pockets in the gum and see how healthy their gums were: The higher the number the worse the condition.  The lower the number the better it was.

I gave them a quick oral quiz of the most important things I covered during the four weeks and then gave them a tour of the dental clinic showing the whole process, the chair, the light, the X-ray, and the tools.

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Group One – The smallest girls with Madame Bernadette holding the Hydrogen Peroxide.
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Group Two – Jackson with the middle aged girls.

Before handing out to each of the attendees’ their own personal Oral Care Kit with tooth brush, floss, and toothpaste, I showed a film of a real cleaning.  Again, I encourage them to take care of their teeth because they are very important for their overall health.

Another thing I gave each housing unit was a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a very timely gift from another ministry in Haiti that was moving and getting rid of a lot of their medical supplies.  The house mothers and girls were instructed to use this to clean their tooth brushes at least once a week.  Equally important are all those who donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss to made this camp a success.

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A special thanks to Dr. Tom Bieber, DDS, from Lake Dental Associates in Clear Lake, IA, for donating the tooth model. It was another great hit.
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A special thanks to Arise Haiti for their timely donation of Hydrogen Peroxide. It was truly appreciated by the girls and house mothers.

Oral Care Camp 3

The Internal Toothbrush

It is my opinion that knowledge is empowering, and if there is a way to share even difficult to understand subjects, one should try.  This is why I like using pictures.  These pictures are incredibly valuable teaching tool to help explain these difficult concepts, especially very helpful for my younger audience.  No matter what age, I think that all ages appreciate and benefit from this style of teaching.

Oral Care Camp 3 002I began with a summary of the past classes and shared that we know about the external toothbrush.  But I said there is another toothbrush to know about.  It is called the Internal Toothbrush which is just as important as the external one or maybe even more important.

So yes, you guessed it, I talked about the tooth anatomy and that our teeth are living and hungry, so they need nutrition just like the rest of our body does.

sensitive-teethUsing a straw as a model, I described how each tooth has thousands of straw like tubes that feed our teeth nutrition from the foods and drinks that we consume.  I showed pictures of these tubes inside of the tooth.  How it works is like tree and its root system. The tree is fed by the water and soil nutrients by sucking the nutrients up through the roots “straws” to feed it to be healthy.  The right nutrition creates the right conditions for health.  The “straws” in the teeth do the same thing so we can feed our teeth and give them health.

Now here is where I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share about nutrition.  After all, that is my specialty.  I talked about the kinds of foods that our teeth need and the kinds that our teeth have a difficult time staying healthy with.  This included showing pictures of processed foods and drinks that contain sugar in them and how sugar feeds all the bad bugs in our mouth.  Also included were pictures that showed the right foods and how they help the teeth, because those foods have the vitamins and mineral nutrients in them that the teeth need to stay healthy.  I encouraged them by saying that Haiti is a special place even though it is very tiny dot on the world map.  God has given them many gifts, two of them include Moringa and Cacao Chocolate, which are both trees that grow in Haiti and I thought that they should use these gifts that God gave them.

Oral Care Camp 3 011In conclusion, I did a scientific experiment which included two eggs, coke, and vinegar.  I explained that the eggs represented our teeth because our teeth are made of the same minerals as the egg shell.  After I poured the coke and the vinegar in each glass and I walked around the room showing them all the bubbles. I told them that these bubbles were acid that was eating the egg shell which represented the outer enamel layer of their tooth.  I dismissed the class saying that I would conclude the experiment by showing them at Monday Night Bible Study what happens to the eggs

Oral Care Camp 3 013Well, Monday Night Bible Study rolled around and a number of the little girls were relaxing on a trampoline in their recreation area said, “Do you have the eggs?”  Girls of every age were sitting in the centralized gazebo living area said, “Where are the eggs?”  Hahaha, they were excited, but I said after the Bible Study, I would show them.  I was hoping they would be able to concentrate on the Bible study.  They did just fine. *:) happy At the right time, I brought out the eggs.  I took a toothbrush and put toothpaste on it and started brushing the egg with the coke stain just like you would to brush your teeth to show them that it is important to brush long enough (at least 2 minutes softly) and that brushing regularly to help keep the teeth white and remove the sugars that the bad bugs like is important.   Then I got out the egg soaked in vinegar and gave each of the girls that wanted to a chance to touch the vinegar egg.  Exclamations, wows, gasping, all explain their reactions.  Some even seemed a little nervous touching the egg.  I traveled around the gazebo to different groups showing how the egg was rubbery and could now bounce because it was soft and rubbery.  In showing the final group how it bounced a few times, the egg finally broke.  I explained this experiment shows us how acid can destroy and damage teeth.

I was very pleased with the overall receptivity and reaction of the girls.  Between helpful pictures and a few simple experimental items, this took what could have been a boring and difficult presentation into an enjoyable learning experience.

May I encourage you to use your internal toothbrush to create a healthy smile.  I think you will be glad you if you do, because “A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.”

 

Oral Care Camp Week 2

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Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, but images are great for empowering, implanting and enhancing memory.

Showing them microscopic images of the “bad bugs / bacteria” that live in your mouth resulted in many wrinkled faces and gasps with all age levels.  Every bit of information was building upon itself for the climactic ending that I will share in a second.

After doing a quick review on brushing, when to change your toothbrush and how to clean your toothbrush, because it too harbors these bad bugs after brushing, we covered the how and why we should be flossing, because every part of the tooth doesn’t get clean by just brushing.  Two volunteers performed live demonstration of the two front teeth and Zachery using his arms to show how not to floss and how to floss.

photo 4At the very end we did an activity.  I had them chew Red Cote tablets for 30 seconds and had them spit it out.  They then were to return to the classroom to receive an explanation on the purpose of that tablet.  An image was showed to them and an explanation as to what your teeth should look like if you had brushed well and what they would look like if they had not.  It was truly fun to see them laughing and smiling at each other with red mouths and teeth.

Word spread quickly after the first class about the Red Cote tablets. It was wonderful to see my class fill up quickly and not seem like “pulling teeth” to get them there.  No pun intended.

After explaining the picture to them, we encouraged them to run to the bathroom and look in the mirror, then finish brushing their teeth where they had missed. They did just that.  I should clarify that the younger girls were all smiles and giggling, but the older girls didn’t want to open their mouths.  When Les went to the area where the girls living area is, there were all kinds of girls grabbing their toothbrushes to do a better job.Michaela3 (1)

Three of the house mothers were able to attend, but the others were busy preparing food.  They had heard news about the class and wanted their own Red Coat Tablets.  I said I would arrange for a class with them another time and I would hand them their own.