I have 5-10 "go to" cards in the Smart Choices Image Card deck. As of late, most of my students have been between the ages of 4 and 10. I like to think ahead so I usually pull a secondary set of images to prepare for conversations they may be come in handy to think outside of what my original plans are.
The process in which I teach, plus the images, are approved by the parents/grandparents. I like to ask the parents before our meeting where THEY see a concern and they almost all say "firearms". It’s not until I show them my pre selected stack of cards that ”light bulb” goes off, and the realization that they are not guiding their children through as many opportunities as they thought.
CROSSING THE STREET:
For most of my students we focus on crossing the street properly, looking Left-Right-Left and continuing to look while crossing. I save this card for when everyone gets fidgety so we can get up and practice. Looking aware and continuing to look all around.
Activity: Someone we love is on the other-side.
We talk through and role play that something or someone is on the other-side. This is the one activity where I am always surprised. They almost all “run” across the street. We go back and practice good street crossing and parking lot walking.
In my parental follow up we talk a lot about the child’s level to comprehend and ability to follow this rule. Lots of homework is usually issued.
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!