For Teachers

Elementary and Middle School Teachers

The word “doctor” comes from the Latin “docere,” which means to teach. There are many types of doctors in the world. In addition to medical doctors, there are dentists, veterinarians and doctors of philosophy (in both the sciences and non-sciences). Of course, if you see an ad for a “Bike Doctor,” you might wonder if the use of this epithet has gone a bit too far.

As a pediatrician, I spend lots of time teaching children how their bodies work and ways to stay healthy. I also teach parents how to help their children get better when they are sick.

A few months after I began writing for KidsPost, my editor (Tracy Grant) gave me a wonderful compliment: “Howard has a keen eye for identifying gross subject matter that kids are naturally drawn to and turning it into instruction on biology and science. Kids wind up learning without even knowing it!”

Over the past few years, many friends and patients have told me they use my KidsPost articles for school reports. I hope you find them useful as well.

If you or your class has an idea for a KidsPost article, please send it to me. My editor has the final say in this matter, but I love the idea of having students and teachers suggest topics for the column.

Preshool Teachers

Although my KidsPost and Jack & Jill columns are for older kids, my picture books are written for 4- to 6-year-olds. These books deal with health-related themes that may be helpful for classroom units such as doctor’s visits and going to the hospital. And don’t forget “It Hurts When I Poop,” which helps young children who are afraid to use the potty because of constipation.

Have a Topic Idea for KidsPost?

Send to me below and I’ll get back to you.