Grades PreK-2: Program Specifics
By implementing Think First & Stay Safe, teachers put student personal safety first, where it belongs. Teachers, students and parents become unified in their efforts to master essential personal safety skills. School is a safe environment in which to discuss these issues. Teacher-friendly materials and take-home resources make your job easier.
Personal Safety Curriculum for Grades PreK-2
Think First & Stay Safe is a research-based, teacher-friendly program that provides young children with the foundation of personal safety education.
The Lesson Plans
The PreK-2 curriculum consists of seven scripted interactive Lesson Plans, which are presented incrementally to build knowledge and understanding and to reinforce the safety messages. Each Lesson Plan includes a topic introduction with learning objectives, a quick review of the previous lesson, discussion and interactive classroom activities, take-home handout, lesson recap and positive thinking skill. Lesson Plans:
1. Using Our Built-in Computers: Staying Healthy and Safe
- Learning to program our built-in computer
- Using our brain to help stay healthy and safe
2. People are Like the Weather: Being Kind and Respectful
- There are many ways of showing kindness and respect to others.
- Like the weather, most people are sunny and safe.
3. Child Luring: Treat it Like A Fire Drill
- Understanding the concept of luring and abuse
- Standing up for safety in an assertive manner
4. Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!
- Kids have a right to live abuse-free.
- Bullying and harassment are against school rules and the law.
- Bullies and abusers are usually someone we know.
5. Listening to Our Instincts: No Secrets
- Inner sirens and how they warn us
- Listening to, following and trusting instincts
- Secrets and why we tell
6. The Kindness of Strangers: Choosing Safe Strangers
- Most people are kind, caring and protective of children.
- Choosing a safe stranger to help us
7. My Dignity: Safe & Healthy Boundaries
- Giving and receiving respect
- Bullying and sexual abuse are not the fault of the person they happen to.
- How to seek help in difficult and possibly dangerous situations
- Bullying and abuse can not take away our dignity.
View Sample Scripted Classroom Lesson Plan for PreK-2
View Sample Student Handout for PreK-2
View Full Classroom Poster Series:
- Be a Safe Surfer!
- No Secrets!
- My Body Belongs to ME!
- Take Three Steps Back!
- Trust Your Gut!
- There's No Lost Puppy!
PreK-2 teachers need only teach students the (7) cornerstone Lesson Plans. They form the foundation of personal safety education and contain the essentials of awareness, assertiveness, preparedness and disclosure.
- Master personal safety skills, as relates to Nat'l Health Education Standards
- Increase Self-reliance
- Raise self-esteem
- Understand most people are safe
- Asking for help
(Pre)/K - 2
- Intro/Quick Review
- Learning Objectives
- Discussion/Interactive Learning/(PowerPoint Presentation optional)
- Classroom Activity, age appropriate
- Student Handout for class use and take-home
- Lesson Recap
- Positive Thinking Skills
Expanding the PreK-2 Curriculum: Optional
Depending on the maturity level of your students, you may want to teach additional lesson plans. If so, we recommend choosing from the following Grades 3-4 Lesson Plans: Affection Lure, Assistance Lure, Pet Lure, Authority Lure, Bribery Lure (includes expanded sections on secrets), Fun & Games Lure , Hero Lure, Name Lure and Friendship Lure.
Evaluating Your Program (Pre/Post Tests Included)
A PreK-2 Pre and Post Student Evaluation is provided to formally gauge student progress and retention of the Think First & Stay Safe lesson plans. Prior to program presentation, the Student Evaluation should be administered as at Pre-Test. It should also be administered following completion of the program as a Post-Test.
The evaluation may be administered verbally or in writing, depending on students' abilities.
Child Lures Prevention staff support coordinators (available at 1-800-552-2197) are here to answer questions, help with any problems, and provide assistance during program implementation and/or Pre or Post Evaluation of the program at no cost. In-Service training for educators and presenters is available for an additional fee.
The Educational Goals are:
- To establish an understanding that the vast majority of people are decent, caring individuals who are protective of youngsters.
- To assure students that laws exist to protect their safety because bullying, sexual abuse and harassment are against the law.
- To advise students that they have rights too, including a right to live free of abuse.
- To encourage students to rely on a combination of skills learned, critical thinking and instincts to help ensure their personal safety.
- To nurture each youngster's sense of individual worth and urge them to recognize and respect the worth of others.
- To strive for kinder, more tolerant students in an effort to lower the incidence of all forms of aggressive behavior.
- To promote disclosure of any type of threat to a youngster's safety.
- To assure youngsters with thoughts of abusing others that help is available.
- To reduce the feelings of guilt and blame often felt by children who are mistreated.
- To encourage parents to take an active role in the personal safety education of their children.
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