Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Now that it is summer we MUST reinforce safety rules with our children.  Be it sun care, water safety, bike safety, or stranger safety, summer is a great time to remind children of the ways to stay safe.  This month, I will share with you some books and activities that you can share with children to help teach them about staying safe!

Reading Time:
(**curiosity, patience, cooperation, *oral language development, print concepts, phonological awareness, letter sound knowledge)
v     Excerpts from: I Can Be Safe by Pat Thomas and Stranger Danger by Cynthia MacGregor
I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety (A First Look at...Series)I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent resource for teaching young children about being safe.

Stranger Danger (The Abduction Prevention Library)Stranger Danger by Cynthia MacGregor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A necessary book for teaching young children about the potential dangers of people they do not know.

What if I am lost?
Who are safe strangers? Who can you go to if you are lost?  We will talk about safe strangers and finding help. (Show images of Firefighter, Police Officer, Librarian, Teacher, Doctor, etc.  Talk about how only parents or a parent-chosen adult should take children anywhere.)

v     Reading Time:
           Elizabeth Imagined an Iceberg by Chris Raschka

Elizabeth Imagined An IcebergElizabeth Imagined An Iceberg by Chris Raschka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fictional story teaches children about the very real dangers of adults they do not know. This is the tale of an empowered child who trusts her instincts and uses her own strength to escape the unwelcome attention of a stranger. This book is probably best suited for K-2- however I use in in preschool Stranger lessons and, with a little paraphrasing, it works well.

  •  NO, GO, YELL, TELL!: We will practice what we should do if a stranger ever asks you to go with them. (Role play: Pretend to convince children they should go with you and have the kids act out screaming, shouting, running away- etc.)

 Reading Time:
Little Red Riding Hood retold by Harriet Ziefert
What mistakes did Little Red Riding Hood make in this story? (she told the wolf where she was going, she talked to the wolf)

Little Red Riding Hood (Easy-to-Read, Puffin)Little Red Riding Hood by Harriet Ziefert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An effective early reader story to teach children about the dangers of strangers.

What mistakes did the adults make? (Mom sent her into the woods alone, Grandma opened her door to a stranger etc.)

Important Links and Resources!

Y DVD 613.6 SAFE
The safe side / created by Carol Cordova and Julie Aigner-Clark ; directed by Doug Aarniokoski ; written by Carol Cordova ; produced by Julie Aigner-Clark.

This video is an EXCELLENT resource and I would argue that EVERY elementary school should show it to their students.

Remember- this lesson must be taught repeatedly in order for children to retain the skills they need to stay safe!

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