Last September, my preschool held its first parent meeting. There were three parents – a good number given one day’s notice. At the meeting, I shared about our preschool’s first field trip. We would walk around the neighborhood. Nothing fancy or impressive, but nonetheless necessary. The first field trip was all about pedestrian safety. Teachers taught children how to stay with the group, cross the street, and beware of strangers.
I highly recommend that a preschool’s first field trip focus on pedestrian – the essential rules for how to remain safe when outside of the preschool walls. Given that Halloween is one of the first major holidays children celebrate just after the beginning of the school year, pedestrian safety should be a no-brainer. Here are a couple of pointers:
- Wear reflective clothing and bring a flash light (flash lights get the attention of drivers).
- Bring a STOP sign with you. Two are better.
- Look left, then right, then left again before crossing.
- Cross at crosswalks.
- Watch for turning cars.
- Teachers are the first to enter the crosswalk and the last to leave the crosswalk.
- Have a teacher at the front, middle, and end of the group.
- Have teachers at the front and end of the group hold the STOP signs.
- If a car is approaching your group, a teacher should make eye contact with the driver, ensuring that they see you and you seem them.
- Have children hold hands with a “buddy”.
- For children who have trouble staying with the group, and adult should hold their hand.
- Walk on the sidewalk. When there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic (so you can see oncoming cars and guide the group).
- Remind the children to stay with the group: the students, teacher and chaperones.
- Do not talk or interact with strangers unless a teacher says that the person is safe (such as an animal keeper at the zoo or guide at a museum).
Do you have any other tips and tricks? I would love to hear them!