The Sue Series - Book Two: Give Those Bullies 'The Flick' - How to Teach Children to Deal with Bullying
What will Sue do when Tom picks on her at school? Read Sue’s story to teach children the importance of knowing when and how to deal with bullying.
Book Two of the Sue Series books for children, parents and carers (based on the simple yet fun process I used at home with my very young sons) introduces the character Sue and her story of what being BRAVE, SMART and STRONG really means as she deals with a bullying situation and helps young children learn the importance of knowing that they REALLY can be ‘BIG’ and make a positive difference even though they are small, through:
• Story Time - Sue’s exciting adventure is told through 12 pages of rhyming couplets and colour illustrations young children can relate to. These pages introduce the topic as each child waits to see what happens next and teaches them at a very young age where to go, what to do and what to say when faced with a difficult situation, while enhancing the learning-to-read process - (print and laminate these 12 pages to use as story cards).
• Preparation Guidelines - vital information for helping adults teach and help prepare very young children to know how to identify and deal with a bullying situation and to understand the reasons why they must do so and which allows for discussions about the reason why we ALL need to learn from the important lessons found in each of the Sue Series book.
Book Two teaches children the role of the community and includes scenarios to help teach children to know how to identify what is or is not a bullying situation. They learn what being a bystander and a role model means, the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy and the importance of caring for others. There are instructions for teaching children what to say and what to do and remembering the correct steps; and tips for helping children remember the places they can go to and the people they can be with; and for helping build inner strength. Children also learn how to recognise the signs that someone is in need of urgent help and about having ‘permission’ to make decisions when they are alone.
• Practical Exercises - necessary, step-by-step guidelines for teaching children what they need to know so they are able to take the physical steps for REALLY taking action and for reinforcing what has been taught so that they are REALLY able to identify and deal with a bullying situation easily, confidently and automatically (and action and understand what they have already been taught from the book).
• Play-acting - crucial role-playing steps (to use in a drama lesson or monthly safety drill at home or at school) to help children take action and stay calm in a bullying situation and allowing a parent, carer or teacher to know if a child can REALLY take action and understand what they have been taught throughout the book.
• Worksheets - 30 pages of fun activities to reinforce what each child has been taught about how to deal with bullying: where bullying happens and who it can happen to; the signs that someone is being bullied; the affects of not telling; the importance of telling someone they trust; how to help someone being bullied or who is a bully; how to get away from a bully; how to stay safe; knowing how and why they must take action; and what it means to be BRAVE, SMART and STRONG and how they can be ‘BIG’ even though they are small, through: letters and numbers; spelling and vocabulary; shapes and colours; writing and drawing; sorting and matching tasks; (and includes a separate check list to display for children to refer to). Select individual pages to meet different learning needs; select and laminate individual pages to display as reminder posters; use selected pages as flash cards; print the worksheets for an individual child or for a whole class - (laminate the worksheets so that kids can use erasable markers and re-use the sheets).
• Check List - 10 detailed checking points for the person teaching the children the steps to be certain each child knows exactly what action to take and so they are confident knowing each child can remember and follow through each step and take action quickly and effectively and the child feels safe and is happy.
• Award - present children with a personalised, laminated award when you know that all of the above comes easily to them.
1. The closeness which comes from having the story read to a child one-on-one.
2. The interactivity which comes from having the story read to a group.
3. The interactivity which comes from all involved having discussed the vital details.
4. The fun and interactivity which comes from taking part in the activities and play-acting.
5. Using these books to help enhance the learning-to-read and decision-making process.
6. Easy to follow stages combine to help develop a more confident, prepared and happy child.
Cheers and enjoy, Ros Hardy
(Includes the names and contact details of various major helpline and support organisations in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Republic of Ireland and New Zealand for those in need.)