baileymom wrote: Or can anyone give me a good LIST to cover (I've made one, but am afraid I've left some things out).
I'm sure we all leave things out on this stuff and it has nothing to do with where kids receive academics. so, ((hugs)))
you know, you can visit a fire station near you and ask them for a tour and activity books. it can be fun. Until then, this is what you'd hear from school assembly and/or church assembly when you have a fire captain as a member of the congregation:
GET SMOKE DETECTORS. They save lives!
HARD WIRE TO ELECTRICITY WITH BATTERY BACK UP IS IDEAL -- PUT IT ON YOUR LIFE ROUTINE to CHANGE BATTERIES. GOOD TIME? WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS? (AS IN DAYLIGHT TIME?) Check the batteries.
(SORRY ABOUT all caps...) I am shouting that though.
Make a plan on where you will meet outside of the house.
By all means, go to the fire house and ask for a quick tour.
*when is the last time you checked your fire extinguishers? You don't have any? I think a trip to wally world and/or lowes might be in order.
Seriously, twice a year at my church in Indiana, Captain Dale was given the podium to remind us to change our batteries and he brought in samples of smoke detectors and all of that. Are there are fire fighters in your church who might enjoy helping you with it. It can be done in co-op or family. The big thing they want the kids to see is that when the firefighters are in full turn out gear, it can look a little scary, but they are never to hide.
Oct. 3-9 is National Fire Prevention week. here are some lesson plans from the National Fire Protection Association.
http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?cate ... kie_test=1
sounds like a good time to go visit that station. and check/change your batteries in your smoke detector and get a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and all of that. Since "they" moved the timing of daylight savings time to end in November instead of this weekend......
*Food safety (when do throw this stuff out? before it becomes mold for apologia biology module 4 or sooner?)
specific to the family. Keep chart on fridge if needed of all doctors, dentists, chiropractors, etc. etc to call. When I was 11, my mom and older brother went out of the house to buy shoes for him. I stayed home b/c my next door neighbor was over and the mom from next door was available. we were all friends and back and forth at each others' houses. Well, within minute of mom and brother leaving, there was a freak accident that involved me smacking my tooth into a sharp corner of my dad's favorite recliner. I lost my permanent tooth. It was a Saturday. I had to go next door and look in their phone book for my dentist name. (now, duh, I should have just grabbed an appointment card from my mom's dresser, but in the hysteria of the moment, and I was 11....) anyway, I called the number, knowing it was closed on Saturday, but there was a message about emergencies. I had to call the dentist's house. Turns out he was at his next door neighbor, who was a medical doctor, because he (the dentist) had just smashed his thumb badly with a hammer...... and anyway, I had to get instructions what to do with my tooth, and... well, ok, 30 minutes later, when my mom was back home... the phone rang and they made the appointment to come in on Monday...... I got a root canal and a crown... it lasted until a few months ago, and I have a new one now.
* More safety
*answering phone (Mom is not able to answer right now and she asked me to give her the message so she can call back in a little bit.) better yet -- let it go to the voice mail and/or check caller id.
*answering door - or not answering it.
*phone list - practice letting them call your cell. Put in on speed dial/memory if you have to. Put the list on the fridge if you have to. Do they have dad's number?
*how to cross a street,
*how to find your minivan in the shopping mall parking lot? (have you even played the game of "ok. Who knows where Mommy parked?" It took me one time doing that where the kids realized they had no idea. I told them my method for remembering it. Every store we went to for a while, we made sure we knew a path to find the van without having to hit the alarm button.
*tell them not to say your full names too loudly, or other info too loudly.
*teach them to cover up the credit card numbers while standing in line.
*use buddy system
*to help teach full name, birthdate, city, state, zip: just require it on written work in language arts or a notebooking assignment. They need practice to write it.
*when you are in the van driving around: ask the kiddos, ok, which way do I turn? What street on we are? Where's the nearest gas station? Look at the gas gauge - do we need to fill up?
*those who are old enough -- send them to a class for teen ager babysitters to learn what to do in emergencies.
one of those things on my heart. If a lost child comes to you, and you are able to help mom and child find each other --- just offer a warm smile to the mom and say "you taught the right things to find another mom with kids. good job." I know some people might view it as a moment to "chastise" the other mom, as when my attention got diverted for 5 seconds and my autistic child was behind the tree just sitting...