Vol. 16 March 14, 2016

Weather and Safety!

Theme: Weather and Safety!

Book: Storm Song

By: Nancy Viau

With spring storm season just around the corner, this week we will be talking about weather and the rules for staying safe in severe weather. In our Book of the Week, the children will learn about severe weather and the rules for what we should do in severe weather. We will learn how to be a storm helper! We will also learn what we should do if mom, dad or an adult says "we need to go to our safe room".

For Special Center, we will practice our safety plan for severe weather at the gym. We will also practice the communication skills that might be helpful to an adult in the event of a storm (i.e. Someone is missing. I am here. Everyone is here.). We will talk about the types of storm sounds we could hear, what a weather warning sounds or looks like on the tv or radio, what we should do if we hear a warning (i.e. tell an adult you heard the warning) and what we can do in our safe room to help stay calm (i.e. sing a song).


Objects, place, activities: safe room, storm, tornado, hail, thunder, lightening

Social: We, Everyone, Everybody, helper, wait, calm

Actions: help, sing, listen, tell

Attributes: loud, careful, calm, different, scary, okay, not

Song: It's Raining, It's Pouring, Rain, Rain, Go Away

Small Group: The children will talk about how to locate a storm safe room and what is usually considered a storm safe room.

Early Birds at Home

This week we will talk about weather and storm safety.

It's a good idea to talk about what your family will do in the event of a tornado watch/warning. This is a great week to practice going into your storm safe room. If you'd like to make it realistic, you can find storm recordings on youtube and play them on your phone. This will help your child get used to the sounds associated with storms.

It's also a good idea to show your child where your house's safe room is located on several different occasions. You may want to stock some books or simple games that might keep your child calm and occupied in the event of a tornado watch/warning.

It's also a good time to point out all family members at home should be in the safe room. You may want to practice a "family storm role call". It's also good to practice what happens if someone is missing (i.e. an adult looks for the missing person and the kids wait in the safe room).

Storms can be loud and scary, when your child knows the plan for storms; they are much less likely to hide or run and much more likely to remain calm, help and stay safe! That's what it means to be a storm helper!

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