Teaching Tips for Grade-School Children
Copyright © 1999 by Paula Statman. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the author and the publisher, Piccolo Press Publishers.
Note: In 1999, On the Safe Side was updated and published under the new title, "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World"
- Grade-school children are beginning to develop the ability to solve problems. Create 'What if . . . ?" situations and encourage them to think out loud with you. You'll quickly learn how well they can use critical thinking and good judgment.
- Design safety exercises that include the following steps:
- Define the problem.
- Develop alternative solutions.
- Choose the best solution.
- Use a variety of materials and activities. Repetition with grade-schoolers must be balanced with interesting and new approaches.
- Use relevant examples to introduce new information. Situations or events that they can apply to themselves are the most effective.
- Help them imagine themselves acting safely. Mental pictures of themselves handling safety situations effectively are easier to remember than safety facts and information.
Sample "What If...?" Questions
- What would you do if I were late picking you up?
- What would you do if someone tried to touch your private parts?
- What would you do if you got separated from me at the store?
- What would you do if someone came to the door with a big box and said they had a present for you?
- What would you do if someone told you they knew your family's code word but had forgotten it?