GUIDANCE LESSON: December 10 & December 17
From the Desk of:
Melissa Pittillo, Adkins Elementary School Counselor
If you have questions about any of this information, due to the sensitive nature of the subject, please contact me at 940-369-1305. This guidance lesson will be presented December 10 & December 17.
Friends of the Family (FOTF) will be here to visit Kindergarten through 5th grades. The students in Kinder-1st grades will be visited by ‘Bumbles’, a life-size Bee, who talks about Personal Safety and “Good Touches and Bad Touches” as well as how our bodies belong to us. The 2nd-3rd graders will view a FOTF video entitled, The Who. It is a panel of puppets who discuss the same issues of personal safety in a slightly different format. Our FOTF presenter will address personal safety in an effort to make sure that every student at Adkins knows how to get help if they are ever in an unsafe situation. These presentations also encourage our students to learn their address, phone number, parents’ names, and their full name. Please review these important details with your children. These are essential skills for personal safety and will serve them well as they continue to mature.
For grades 4-5, we will have a discussion with students about handling potentially harmful relationships and situations with the understanding that there is always a trustworthy adult to call upon for help. The purpose of this lesson is to help our children acquire the skills they need to play a significant role in the interruption or prevention of child abuse in their own lives. They are given prevention skills to recognize uncomfortable feelings, and are taught how to take action and get help if they become potential victims.
The goals of these age appropriate guidance lessons are:
- To give children practical skills for life
- To give children language and information about abuse that is non-threatening and practical
- To teach the children that their body is their own
- To teach the child how to say "NO!" when they feel scared or uncomfortable
- To help children identify those people who can help if there is a problem and they feel uncomfortable or if they get the “uh oh” feeling
- To teach children about the "uh oh" feeling, to go to someone they feel safe with, and ask questions when confused or uncomfortable
- To empower the children by teaching them that they are special and precious
- To teach children that it is NEVER OK for someone to hurt them
If you have questions about any of this information, due to the sensitive nature of the subject, please contact me directly at 940-369-1305. This guidance lesson will be presented December 10 & December 17.
Melissa Pittillo ⃝ firstname.lastname@example.org ⃝ (940)369-1305