It has come to my realization that children these days are no longer explicitly taught their last names, birth dates, address, or phone number(s). This is soooo not ok with me. I put all my regular therapy skills on hold and went safety skills crazy for a couple weeks. Now all the kids on my caseload (prek-3rd) know what to do if they get lost in a store, and how to identify a safe person. I laminated all these pages, 3-hole punched them, and put binder clips in the holes to make a little book. We use our detective tools to look for clues to identify an employee. The kids love circling their finds with dry erase pens.
Things we look for:
*Uniforms (ie, matching colors or clothing, aprons, hair nets, etc)
*Where are they located? Behind a register? (yay, prepositions!)
Things we talk about:
*Do we get to do the same thing in the stores? (ie; go behind the counters, use the registers, use the scan guns, etc)
*Do we have to wear name tags in the store?
*Do their uniforms have logos? Can you find that logo or color around the store in the picture?
*Do different jobs need different uniforms? Why?
*Shoppers usually take the food/toys/etc away (put them in their carts), whereas a worker stocks the shelves to keep them full (yay, opposites!)
+ Building their vocabularies with all these new words!!