I just wanted to update you on my latest opportunity to use the Smart Choices Cards with my students that I tutor after school. I shared the Smart Choices card of the rolling rapids/rough water river today with my 4th grader because its finally spring here in Minnesota and the frozen lakes are thawing. I wanted to convey the dangers of thinner ice in the spring as the ice melts. But even as important, I wanted to expose him to the dangers of rushing water in our rivers and that swimming alone is a danger with the strong current. My student immediately engaged with the Smart Choices card and shared with times he and his cousin had tried to walk the tops of the rocks at a creek on his property.
These cards are excellent for exposing kids to situations that they may come upon in their young lives, but I believe the doors that open in conversation between child and adult to be the real gold nugget. I recommend these Smart Choices cards to any parent or educator!
Shelley is the creator of Smart Choices, a public speaker, and a supporter of THINKING AHEAD. Smart Choices BLOG is a mixture of stories, Q & A interaction, new thought provoking ideas, guest BLOGS/videos, and MORE!