The Sue Series – Book Three: Say 'NO' to Strangers – How to Teach Children to Deal with Stranger Danger – (Refers to the numbers: 9-1-1) – USA / Canada)
Book Three of the Sue Series books for children, parents, carers and teachers – (based on the simple yet fun 3-step process that I used at home with my very young sons), is made up of (3) three separate learning phases taught through (3) three separate steps in (1) one handy printable file for the adult teaching a child to use in this easy to follow step-by-step process which will leave a child confident, capable and prepared, when dealing with a ‘stranger danger’ situation.
Using this pdf file:
• Print activity pages for children to use at home
• Print for an individual child
• Print for a whole class
• Laminate pages for durability
• Use markers on laminated pages and wipe clean
• Use selected pages to create flash cards
• Print, laminate and present personalised Awards
• For teaching children aged 4-9 years
Each child will not only learn about how to deal with ‘stranger danger’, but also enjoy the closeness which comes from: having a story read to the child, the interactivity which comes from having the story and vital details discussed, using these printable files to help to enhance the learning-to-read and decision-making process, and with reinforcing what has been learnt through repetition and revision, and easy to follow stages which combine to help develop a more confident, prepared and happy child.
What will Sue do when a stranger approaches her at home? Can she be strong enough to stand her ground, get help and stay safe?
Sue’s exciting adventure is told through (12) twelve pages of rhyming couplets and colour illustrations that young children can relate to. These pages introduce the topic as each child waits to see what happens next, when Sue is faced with a serious situation, and teaches children where to go, what to do and what to say, when dealing with ‘stranger danger’; and how knowing that they really can be ‘BIG’ – even though they are small – just like Sue in the story!
When the Story Time book file has been read, children have listened to a story at their level which introduces the topic and helps them to become familiar with lessons found in each learning stage; demonstrates and teaches children (in a fun way) the importance of being aware, and the basic steps of how to recognise and deal with a 'stranger danger' situation and get help; and shows young children that a ‘stranger’ can appear out of no-where and quickly take control – and how they are allowed to say ‘No!’ (and the importance of immediately telling someone).
(Print and laminate these pages to use as story cards.)
Corresponding with the Story Time book is the Teaching Guide with the necessary step-by-step preparation guidelines and vital information for parents, carers and teachers to follow – so they know and understand what they teach and can help to prepare children prior to completing the vital practical exercises, play-acting and check lists; also, allowing for discussions about the reasons why we ALL need to learn from the important lessons found in the Sue Series book files.
Children and adults can learn and understand the importance of knowing what action to take and the reasons why they must do so and what they need to deal with a 'stranger danger' situation and the basic steps needed for taking action. Adults learn responsibilities and why they must always believe a child, first, (and call ‘911’, immediately), if they are told of or suspect of a 'stranger danger' situation.
The Teaching Guide teaches children the role of the community and includes scenarios to help teach children to know how to identify who is or is not a threat and examples for helping to explain to a child at their level what ‘stranger danger’ really means, (leaving the child more comfortable listening to your explanations and feeling confident whilst participating in repeated practical exercises and play-acting lessons).
This guide will help you to teach a child the meaning of important words such as ‘danger’, 'intuition' and 'sense' so the child is more aware and understands and knows the meaning of ‘feeling uncomfortable’ and how the power of saying ‘NO’ can help to avoid a 'stranger danger' situation; and about the affects of judgement, blame and secrecy; and of knowing what signs to look for and how to recognise the signs in a child who may have been involved in a ‘stranger danger’ incident. Children learn how to recognise the signs that someone is using tricks or threats to influence them and the importance of friends helping friends.
The play-acting intructions include crucial role-playing steps (to use in a drama lesson or monthly safety drill at home or school) to demonstrate what to say and what to do and tips to help children to remember the correct steps and the places they can go to and the people they can be with – to help them to build inner strength so they can take action and stay calm in a 'stranger danger' situation. This allows a parent, carer or teacher to know if a child can really take action and understand what the child has been taught throughout the book.
Instructions for each of the exercises are included which, when practiced regularly, enables a child to deal with 'stranger danger’, automatically and confidently, and leaves you, the parent carer or teacher, a lot more at ease.
Curriculum friendly activity sheets to help to install in children to know how to recognise ‘stranger danger’ and the steps for taking action, and to help them to remember all the important things that you have already taught them. Help to reinforce, how to be brave, smart and strong, until the vital steps are embedded in their minds and proven to be perfected, and to work hard at achieving this.
Help a child to learn and remember who the child is allowed to be with and where the child is allowed to go; what to say and not say to a ‘stranger’; what to do to get away from a 'stranger'; and who can help if a ‘stranger’ approaches the child. A child will also learn how to know if someone else is involved a 'stranger danger' situation and the steps that should be taken to help that person.
Print, laminate and use as durable worksheets with wipe-able markers for a class or individual child.
The purpose of the Sue Series books is to successfully teach young children to be aware and take action in a ‘stranger danger’ situation, instead of being helpless or the victim; and by reading the story, discussing the important information, practising the practical exercises and play-acting, and completing the activity sheets and check lists know that they really can achieve these things.
When this process is completed, present each child with his or her very own personalised 'Brave Smart and Strong Award', (included in the Learning Activities section) as a reminder of the child's achievements at learning how to be 'BIG'.
Each of these vital steps go hand-in-hand – one will not work without the other.
Versions of Book One and Book Three are available and sold separately for use in USA and Canada (9-1-1), United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (9-9-9), Australia (0-0-0) and New Zealand (1-1-1). The number to call for emergencies in each area is referred to throughout the books. Also included are contact details of various helpline and support organisations for those in need.
Helping Little Kids be BIG – By Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong!