This week we are learning about safety habits. This post highlights the purpose of our lesson plan and a few activities you can practice at home.
Key Focus: Why Safety Comes First
Keeping your child safe is a fundamental concern for every parent. While it might be wonderful to hold your little one’s hand every second of the day, they will soon venture out on their own. As their activities increase, so do the risks. This does not mean you have to limit their activities or choices but instead instill the habits they need to remain safe and protected from life’s inevitable surprises.
This week we will be focusing on key habits that every child can learn to become more safety aware.
The Many Sides of Safety
Your lesson plans cover learnings across STEAM, Language, Fine Motor, Cognitive, Gross Motor, and Social-Emotional areas. While not all these skills and activities are safety-related, it is important to show interest in everything your child is learning to help them feel supported, safe, and secure.
It is not the purpose of this post to preview everything in your plan. Here are a few activities, however, that you will find informative and enjoyable during the week.
Guided learning: Calling 911
For example, on Wednesday this week, we are going to focus on an essential emergency skill — or how to call 911. Because little fingers have trouble pushing the keys on a phone, we suggest writing numbers and letters on post-it notes to replicate the keypad on a phone or other mobile device.
Then take all notes and put them up on the wall so your little one can practice pushing the “buttons” to call 911. Do not forget the emergency and call buttons.
Fun Activity: Bicycle Chalk Road & Cone Obstacle Course
On Thursday this week, we will teach children how to safely ride a bike. Because this is often a child’s first experience of venturing beyond the confines of home, it is imperative that they learn the safest way to ride.
There are many bicycle safety tips to teach your kids: always wear a helmet, watch for parked cars, ride with a buddy, and many more. Safety, however, is more than simply telling your kids what to do; experience is often the best teacher.
Creating a chalk road and cone obstacle course in your driveway is a great activity for a child to experience safety in action. All you will need is a trike or bicycle, pavement (preferably a driveway), and a few pieces of colored chalk.
Draw a simple grid pattern (like a square with a + sign in the middle) and color in the lines to resemble roads. Include stop signs at each intersection. Have your child practice riding his or her bicycle in a straight line, then stopping and turning where the street signs indicate. To make this move involved you can add cones or colored obstacles to help your kids navigate sidewalks and other pathways more confidently.