Did you know that this week is Fire Prevention Week?
Little Man is four now, and I figured it would be a good idea to start teaching him some basic emergency skills, especially knowing a phone number to give a trusted adult if he ever got lost or separated from us in an emergency situation. I suppose it’s not exactly fire safety, but it’s essential information for kids to know.
We’ve used some time during our home preschool over the past several weeks to talk about the different helpers in our community (firemen, police men, doctors, etc.) and what we need to know for emergencies when we might talk to those helpers.
We talked about three things he might need to tell a grown up helper:
Dad’s name and mom’s name
Our phone number
It was kind of funny to me that when I asked him what Daddy’s name was, he could tell me with no trouble, but when I asked him what Mommy’s name was, he looked at me funny and said, “Mommy?” I prompted him further, asking him what Daddy calls me, but he still couldn’t tell me. Oh my. We have some work to do. But that’s one of the reasons I love doing preschool with my boys–because I can address these important life skills with them.
It was pretty easy to teach him Mommy’s name, but learning a 10 digit phone number has proven to be a little more tricky–understandably.
Here are some of the activities I did to help Little Man memorize his phone number. Mind you, I didn’t do all of these on one day. I started with the matching game, and I picked one or two activities a day to do with Little Man. This way, he didn’t get burned out on it, but he spent a little time every day re-learning the numbers and committing them to memory. Now he can rattle them off like a pro!