As we get our children ready for their summer activities, we know we need to pack certain items for their safety: the bug spray to guard against mosquitoes and other pests, sunscreen to protect against burning, water bottles and snacks to keep them hydrated and fed, and maybe a few band aids for those inevitable bumps and bruises. We think automatically about these things because we want to protect our kids and keep them safe from harm. But, we also need to think about other things that could potentially harm them – other people.
The school year is coming to an end, and there are endless requests and advertisements for summer babysitters, camps, playdates, carpools, and extended visits with family. We’re striving for the right balance between supervision and freedom, entertainment and healthy boredom. There are likely to be a variety of activities and people our children will be involved with, which means we need to remain vigilant and keep open communication about body safety.
The Reading About Diversity (R.A.D.) Series is a Kindergarten -5th grade program that is run by parent volunteers. The curriculum, designed by two educators with expertise in diversity and literacy, will help our students to better understand and celebrate our diverse world. At each grade level, five children’s books have been selected with related questions already prepared. Each book also includes writing and/or drawing extensions. Each lesson takes about forty-five minutes to an hour and takes place in your child’s classroom.
Nothing is more important in your relationship with your child than effective, open communication. To be able to talk to your child, listen to your child, and have your child know that you are there for her is really the most important aspect of parenting.