Recently I received a free copy of the book, Charlie and the Curious Club, by Erainna Winnett. The book addresses an important issue DRUGS. Now I know most of you are thinking my kindergarteners or first graders don’t need to worry about this, however that is not what the book is about. It is about mistaking drugs for candy. This could happen to anyone.
Now that is a situation that all children may find themselves in. I read this book to my little first graders and they were very interested in the story. I could see in their faces they were making connections. After the story we had a wonderful discussion. I was surprised with how many of my students said they saw medicine at their grandparents or babysitter’s house.
We also discussed taking things that do not belong to us. That was a really good discussion. We also talked about only eating things that our grown ups say is ok. We have several students with food allergies so it is really important that we always check with a grown up before we eat something.
I even tied this book in with our Religion lesson. We are learning about how much God loves us. So we talked about how important it is to take care of ourselves.
I had the children draw a picture and then we used our thumbs to make hearts. However your students may be older or you make be looking for other ideas, you can look at the website: CelebratingRedRibbonWeek.com. There are other resources and lessons you might be interested in.
I mounted the pictures on card stock and I plan on hanging them around the school to remind the other students in the building to make good choices.