Dental Health Resources for Awesome Educators

Hi friends, I wanted to pass on to you a couple fun resources to make your #Dental Health Month fun

Christmas in September is Here! 100 Shoebox Campaign!

In my last post I mentioned that my Educator YouTube friends & I have been gathering some of our

Post #1 2021 Christmas Now! Educator Collaboration

Hi, I want to share with you the beginnings of a Collaboration with some of my educator friends from


Free Hand Washing eBook Plus

February 12, 2020 in Music with Kids

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And here is a link to our sing-a-long lyrics PDF  Don’t Spread Your Germs Around






Enjoy this great resource by Deb Chitwood on circle time songs;

Check out our Lessons & Songs, which also includes child friendly activities & crafts.

Valentines Day Love for Home & School

January 28, 2020 in Nurturing the Child

Ah, how can we resist lovable #babies. Just a reminder of the awesome privilege we have of working with impressionable young children. We should guard our attitudes and the educational climates we create for these little ones. Let’s choose our words wisely, encourage and nurture their development and their beautiful free & innocent spirits.

Nothing like children to spread a little love. We have a Free Singing Nurse Valentines Day Poster for you and a sheet of Valentines for Kids. 

Have an awesome Valentines Day. Now go and spread a little love.

For Healthy Families & Kids


Ms. Dawn

Free PDF: Lyrics & Pictures of “Don’t Spread Your Germs Around” Song.

More Info on: TSN Lessons & Songs which includes activities & crafts

#BabiesAreBeautiful #BuildUpChildren #ECE #Parenthood #Teachers #Parents #LifeIsAGift #ValentinesDay #Valentines

Eat the Colors of the Rainbow!

April 23, 2019 in Children's Health Education, Cooking/Nutrition

There is nothing more health promoting than getting your children involved in healthy meal preparations. Check out the excellent informative kid produced video below.










Here’s the link to the well produced kids video by Shannon if needed.

#HealthyIsAnAdventure Please sent us a picture of your healthy veggie meal. Maybe we’ll share it with our friends.

Have a great week, enjoy the warmer weather, Yay!

For Healthy Kids & Families,

Ms. Dawn

For some of my favorite plant based doctors, recipes and gardening hacks checkout my playlist on my YouTube channel called “Lean Green Nurse“.

Broccoli, Bean & Sweet Potato Lasagna

December 17, 2018 in Cooking/Nutrition

I recently made this yummy dish. The dish was so delicious I just had to share it with you. I have created it in a multitude of ways but not with broccoli. It is so easy to make.

Ingredients you will need:

Spices: Nutritional Yeast (Bragg brand), garlic power, pepper, fresh basil (or dried)

1 large deep dish glass pie plate (double the recipe and use a 9×13 glass baking dish)

Sweet potato sliced & steamed (cut between ¼-½ inch thick discs)

1 15.5 oz can of black beans rinsed (choose low sodium, rinsing will help to lower sodium)

1 ½ cups chopped steamed broccoli (about ½ a head, use the stems too)

1 24 oz. jar of your favorite marinara sauce (choose low sodium & low fat or no oil added)

I love my steaming pot by Farberware. It does a great job steaming the sweet potato and broccoli.  Try not to overcook to prevent your veggies from falling apart. It will cook more in the oven later right? You can run cold water over your sweet potatoes then placed them in the freezer to stop them from cooking further if you need to. And if you accidentally cooked them to a mushy state just put them in a bowl and mush those babies together, it can still be used to make layers. Steam the broccoli and sweet potato separate.




Pour about ¾ c of sauce in the bottom of your pie dish and place a layer of sweet potato discs.








Add your cooked broccoli next, sprinkle with Nutritional yeast, garlic power & pepper







Add your beans next with more marinara sauce & fresh basil (or dried)


Add whatever sweet potato you have left, top with marinara, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, pepper & fresh basil

Bake 30-40 mins. @ 350 degrees until it bubbles and browns a bit.

Broccoli, Bean & Sweet Potato Lasagna

Add a salad and you have a scrumptious healthy meal.

This is a simple way to add different veggies to your meal. You can add a layer of lasagna noodles as well. I’ve also made it several times with spinach instead of broccoli (no need to cook the spinach though).

We hope your holiday season is filled with family, friends, joy & peace.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Merry Christmas, & A Health New Year!

Ms. Dawn aka The Singing Nurse


More Christmas Activity/Gift making ideas you may like:

Candy Christmas Tree

Christmas Snack Tree

Poster Board Christmas Card

“True Love” music video by TSN Link Here

Below are some links to items I really like & use. Purchasing via TSN website will not cost you more. The Singing Nurse is an Amazon Associate and receives a small stipend from Amazon to help keep things rolling here at TSN website. Thanks for participating.


New Video! “The Tick Song” Lyme Disease Prevention!

September 2, 2018 in Children's Health Education, Music with Kids, The Singing Nurse Music

I know many of you are saying “Lyme Disease, Its September”?  I recently finished up a video of my song “The Tick Song” so I decided to do a little extra research as to the status of Lyme disease. Actually I wanted to have some back-up as to why I made this video at the end of summer instead of the beginning of spring. So if you think I’m late save this for your lessons in spring, but if you realize that we are still spending time outside read on.

Yes the CDC says the busiest time for ticks is spring through early fall.

It’s never too late or early to act in prevention to the bite of those pesky ticks and the diseases that they bring like Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Lyme disease. It is no picnic any time of year.

The Song says it all and the lessons help you teach it to your kids in a fun way. The Lyme Disease Prevention lesson for kids, tick graphics and color sheet, letters to parents and “The Tick Song” are all included and now you can share this fun & catchy video lyrics song with the kids, I promise they will astound you with what they remember.

Lesson link here.

Where ticks like to bite CDC.









Disease cases by state @ CDC

Purchase “The Tick Song”

Purchase Lesson & Song

Have an Awesome School Year

Healthy Is An Adventure!

Ms. Dawn aka TheSingingNurse

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Salad Anyone? Healthy Is An Adventure!

May 29, 2018 in Cooking/Nutrition

Hi friend, It is mid spring and our local community garden is about to start it’s season. I know the first offerings are going to be from the salad family so I decided to share with you some salad ideas. I know many of us are very busy, but with a little effort we can make our salad look and taste awesome. I feel if it is pretty enough almost anyone will be willing to try it.

I bought a large tub of baby chard, spinach and kale mix by Olivia’s Organics, any healthy greens will do. I thought it was kind of cool that Olivia’s gives back to the community through their foundation. You can check it out @ Olivia’s Organics Children’s Foundation.

Remember anything you have on hand in the fruit and veggie family will do. Try to add different colors, tastes and textures to your salad. I love Chef AJ (find her on my Lean Green Nurse YouTube playlist)and many of her awesome videos on YouTube(you can learn most anything on YouTube right?)she talks about layering your flavors. The recent cooking class I completed by ForksOverKnives also taught this technique.



My Super Salad! #HealthyIsAnAdventure My Husband says “yum!”

Ingredients:  Greens, sliced bell peppers, avocado slices, orange & apple slices(I left the white on my orange, I just love it, I also left some as slices and some as  small bite size), chickpeas (rinse & drain), carrot sticks

Nuts: dry toast in a pan ¼c chopped almonds, ¼c sunflower seeds

Add: a couple shakes of cumin, garlic powder, pepper and 1-2 tsp of coconut liquid Aminos(Braggs brand, kind of like soy sauce with coconut flavor)

Topped with cashew cream dressing-soak ½ cup of cashews in h20 for about 45-60 mins, rinse & drain, add 1/3 c ponzu sauce(it’s near the soy sauce @ the grocery store) 1/3 c rice vinegar, 1 tbs maple syrup, 1 tsp Dijon mustard-blend in blender until smooth, add a little h20 if needed.   #WFPBEating

I like learning what I’m eating and you will be surprised by the nutrients in this salad. Check out the protein in the beans & greens(many people are concerned about getting enough protein.) Did you know that 2 cups of green has 3 g of protein. Dr. Barnard from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says it well about protein and how much we really need.










I like this nifty app called NUTRITION Info. When I start talking about a veggies with a child I pull out the app on my phone and type in the veggie name and it gives all the nutrition value. Fun and educational right?

Healthy post you might like:

Cooking with Kids : carrot cake energy balls recipe

Yummy Fruity Frozen Smoothy plus

7 resources, Healthy Living in Your own Backyard

Fun Workout with the Kids : using fun props

Have a great end of the school year,

Healthy Is An Adventure!

For Healthy Kids & Families

Ms. Dawn.


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Merry Christmas! What’s up now?

December 28, 2017 in God - Faith - Hope - Love, The Singing Nurse Music

Hi Friends,

Hi, what’s up and did you have a great Christmas? Below is a picture before we opened presents this year. We gathered as a family, combining 4 families and all the kids gifts. We have such abundance don’t we?

The days preceding Christmas we traveled 14 hours along highway 81, snacked, ate, spilled, bickered and tried to synchronize our potty stops, yeah right?
We ate and ate, tried to sleep, rock climbed(inside of course because it was in the 30’s brrrr in Tennessee),went for walks to help kids expend energy, wedged in naps and ate some more.
We saw the “Polar Express” movie, very fun movie with awesome 3D effects, baked cookies for the local fire department and took a walk to deliver them, the kids really enjoyed it.
We did a lot of laughing and watching how the kids interacted with each other, cute and very entertaining and did I say eat? Of course, lots of eating and snacking.
We love our kids and grand kids but it is good to be home and get back to “normal”.
So what else have I been up to? I created some cute t-shirts for the grand kids…”Strong Kids Eat Plants “ with pictures of all of them making muscles with a carrot, apple, pear and broccoli, and gave one to each of their moms and auntie.

If you have any interest in having one let me know. It can also be customized with your child/children’s picture.
So what about the future in 2018…
I am taking a Plant Based cooking course in January because in the past couple years I changed to a Whole Food Plant Based way of eating and I am enjoying the health benefits like lowering my cholesterol. I’m a nurse right? I want to learn more tasty ways to get in more fruits, veggies, beans, potatoes, legumes and quinoa etc., you know all that healthy stuff that comes from the earth. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about it.
I continue to do fun projects with my patient that can be transferred to home or classroom activities with your kids.
I would love to hear how your Holiday Season has gone. Do you have any funny stories any healthy recipes, any questions or ideas?
All of this sharing to bring us back to what Christmas is really about. Here are the words to a Christmas song I wrote awhile back when I was getting sad one Christmas. It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialism and activities of the season and miss the point.

“People and Presents” Lyrics

People and presents, all around the tree
But what Lord, oh what, have You received from me
A sentimental mind, thinking only of me
Wondering what gifts I’d receive
Forgetting all about You

Did you get the gift, you felt you deserved
Were you let down, or were you hurt
A sentimental mind, thinking only of me
Wondering what gifts I’d receive
Forgetting all about You

And on that star filled night
When shepherds came to see
The One who came to die
For you and I, for you and I

Well we almost missed, the point you see
The gift God has given, for you and for me
What shall we give to Him, on this very day?
We give You, we give You our praise
We give You, we give You our praise

What shall we give to Him, on this very day?
We give You, we give You our praise
We give You, we give You our praise
By Dawn Ginese 1980’s

I hope you had an awesome Christmas and Holiday season,
Blessings to you and yours…
Have a Happy New Year too!
Ms Dawn, The Singing Nurse

Link to a personal Christmas video on YouTube
Link to a germ lessons & poster
Link to TSN songs

Yummy Blueberry, Banana, Swiss chard Frozen Blitz

September 30, 2017 in Cooking/Nutrition


It’s still warm out but getting cooler, how about a healthy snack for the kids or your husband. Good all year really, right? I used what I had on hand to create this yummy frozen drink.

You can consume it right after you create it or freeze it and eat it with a spoon.

Set it out about 5-10 mins for easy scooping.

What you will need:

1 banana

½ an apple

½ cup of frozen or fresh blueberries

A handful of raw almond or other nuts

4 dates chopped

2 cups of Swiss chard or spinach

½ cup of almond milk or other plant milk

1 cup of ice cubes

Optional: 1 T Flaxseeds, 1 tsp Tumeric

Blend until smooth.

Add some to small cups and place them in the freezer for later.

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Are you a foodie or a buy and go gal?

For Healthy Kids and Families,

Ms. Dawn


Make Your 12 hour Shift fun by Recycling Medical Supplies

September 25, 2017 in Creative Adventures

Mr. K’s Physical Therapist just had surgery so we decided to create a “get well” card for her. Kids that have lots of hours to fill enjoy doing for others and creating something thoughtful for them. We used #medicalsupplies that are always around in abundance. Can anyone guess what these items are?

If you think you know, email the answers to and put “recycled card project” in the subject. I’ll through your names in a hat and send the winner something fun. Hint: ask your #nurse friends for help. There are 3 items.

Have a great day and stay healthy,


Look around you might find some more fun projects, health lessons and fun songs to bring your day to life.

More about Mr. K & #SMA1

Cooking with Kids

June 14, 2017 in Cooking/Nutrition

My granddaughter Julia and I spent the morning cooking and we wanted to share our happy experience with you.

We made Carrot Cake Energy Balls. They were made of carrots of course, dates, walnuts, coconut and spices. No cooking involved, you’ll just need a food processor and good old hands on rolling. Julia really liked that part. I love Anja and her awesome recipes and videos that take you through them step by step. Julia and I thought they were um, Yum!  Mom and one of her brothers liked them too.

Give it a try, go to: CookingwithPlants for the recipe


For Healthy Living,

Ms. Dawn

PS This is the first of many posts to come about food and nutrition. I decided to add another healthy aspect to The Singing Nurse website. I will be sharing some yummy recipes I’ve been trying and share fun ways to get the kids to eat their fruits, veggies and other healthy plant based foods. I recently finished a nutrition course with Cornell online based on “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell PhD & Thomas Cambell MD which was really awesome and eye opening. So, I will be passing along some great info that I know will encourage and challenge you.