One December night, Scott, the kids, and I came home from a Christmas party. We tucked our tired babies safely in their beds; and sighed that wonderful sigh when everything in life feels wonderful. Once the kids were down, Scott and I did our normal routine: a happy bedtime happy dance and then plopped down on the couch. We enjoyed our quiet time together.
I was lost in my book when Scott said, “Oh no! An 8-year-old boy was injured in a house fire!”
“What?? A local boy?”
“Yeah,” he then listed the address. It didn’t sound familiar, I said a prayer and hoped it wasn’t bad.
The next morning, I learned: The fire WAS bad. The boy was very injured. He was in Boston, and unresponsive.
He was one of my students, who just a few days before, I said, “Good bye! See ya next year!” as the students left for a two-week winter break. I cried buckets of tears and prayed this child would be OK. Throughout the break, I worked with the school on how to tell my class this student was not coming back for months and months.
He was injured in a fire, that could have been prevented. He was an athletic child, with a charming smile. He looked like an all American, well-rounded kid. School was hard for him, but he kept trying and smiling anyway. He was a good kid with a loving family.
This child eventually made it back to school, but he was different. The burns were severe, but he continued to smile and work hard through it all. He was an inspiration and I hope he was able to overcome his many challenges that he faced.
He is a student that I think about everyday. He has a special place in my heart; and I still pray for him. I will never forget.
As my kids grew, so did the fear that this bad thing could happen to them; to us. Fires can happen to anyone. With my son, I lectured too much. I talked and talked until he was in preschool and developed a major anxiety against fire and fire alarms. I knew I needed a different approach with my daughter.
Not wanting to completely scare my youngest, I did the opposite. However, she’s such a curious child, and I still worry she will get carried away with matches. I do what I can by keeping fire starters out of reach, and buying the lighters with child safety locks. We talk about danger, and ways to stay safe on a regular basis. Since I’m not sure how much she really understands about fire safety, I’m not really happy with that approach either.
A few weeks ago, I heard about these new songs featured on the We Are Teachers You Tube Chanel and I knew I found a great solution to teaching my kids, as well as my students about fire safety.
Little Rosalie by SteveSongs is a catchy tune about the steps on what to do when your house is on fire. My daughter couldn’t stop humming it and singing the lyrics. For once, kid lyrics that will help kids and not just annoy parents!
What’s that Sound? by RecessMonkey is a rap tune, that my son really loved. It’s another step by step instructional song, but this one is geared toward 8-9 year olds. He liked to dance to it.
Seriously, share these song with your kids, but clicking on the above links. It could save their lives.
Along with these catchy, yet informative children’s songs is Sparky Schoolhouse, which is a page with activities for kids that can be done at home or school. Parents and teachers – check it out! It’s a great resource!
Both of my kids had fun learning about fire safety in this non-threatening, yet informative manner. It was lighthearted, but also a good conversation to have with both of them. We also took time to go over our escape plan, in case our house ever does catch on fire.
Fire safety is necessary to teach at home and school. It’s a scary subject, but using fun videos that won’t leave the kids’ heads is my favorite way to get the message across. Let’s keep them safe and have these difficult conversations now.
Parents, please share these songs with your children.
Teachers, please share these songs, and do the Common Core aligned lessons with your class.
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