Safety is a pressing issue with parents of preschool children. The children are forging ahead, beginning their academic journey, and without the watchful eye of their parents. This can be stressing on both children and parents. Parents of preschool children have taught their children about safety, but the school environment is suddenly different, and this is where preschool teachers need to assuage the fears of parents by having a bulletin board that showcases safety.
The safety bulletin board that the children can learn from should include safety in the school setting, as well as out in public. In order to best create a bulletin board depicting ideas for learning about safety, the preschool class should go on a walk through the classroom, the hallways, and the school yard. The teacher should then lead the preschoolers through a small section of the community. As this walk-about occurs, the preschool teacher should stop and point out each and every potential safety hazard to the children, and these can be recorded for later use (parent volunteers for this activity would be strongly recommended, or students from Grade 8).
As the class begins their trek through the classroom, certain things need to be pointed out; hot water taps, fire extinguisher location, all emergency exits, cleaning supplies (sanitizers, bleach, Windex, etc.), sharp objects (scissors, cutlery), structures that are not sturdy (bookshelf not fastened to the wall), and the potential hazards of horseplay.
In the hallways, students can learn about which side of the hallway to walk on, how to avoid being trampled by bigger kids, knowing where to find the principal, learning the names of all the teachers and custodians, emergency exits, and not to run. Knowing their way around the school can help immensely, as well as making sure that they do not speak to strangers (the bulletin board should have a picture of all school staff). Outside they can learn the boundaries of the school yard, how dangerous the playground equipment can be if not used properly, and what to do if an accident happens.
In the community, the children should be taught about the dangers of crossing the road (when and where it is acceptable), wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle or rollerblading), not speaking to people they do not know, staying with a buddy, understanding the street lights, find out how to call for help (police, fire, 911), not picking up sharp objects (broken bottles), and what their own phone number and address is in case of an emergency.
Back in the preschool classroom, the I learn about safety bulletin board can be created through the wisdom gleaned by the children. WIth the teacher facilitating the process, the children can draw, or print off from the Internet, pictures of children obeying the rules of the classroom and society.The bulletin board can serve as a daily reminder about the possible dangers lurking within their environment. Before recess and lunch, and before they go home for the day, the class can reiterate some of the major points of safety. Keeping children safe should be a top priority of parents and schools.