Today was a busy week, but I was able to get to all Pre-K, K, and 1st grade classrooms to talk to them about bullying. We watched a Howard B. Wigglebottom video from www.wedolisten.org called, "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies."
In this story, Howard is being bullied by the Snorton twins every single day of the week. They do things to him like taking his lunch, stealing his shoes, pulling his ears, saying mean things to him, and stealing his jacket. Howard keeps hearing a voice in his head throughout the story that says, "Be brave, be bold, a teacher must be told," but he is scared to tell because he is afraid things might get worse. After seeing the Snorton twins get bullied by their big sister and discovering why maybe the Snorton twins are bullying, he decides to be brave and bold and finally tell his teacher about what has been happening to him and the Snorton twins. The teacher tells the principal, who tells the Snorton twins' parents and Howards problems have been solved.
After the story we talked about how bullying is something that occurs repeatedly and is usually done when no one is watching. We also discussed what bullying isn't and that if it is something that only happens once or twice, it is probably just being mean, but not bullying. For example, if a student gets pushed in line and this isn't happening frequently, it is just being mean and a bad choice that was made, but it is not bullying. We talked about who they can go to if they are being bullied or see someone else being bullied: a teacher, a counselor, a principal, a bus driver, a nurse, or any adult that they trust. Here are a couple of helpful posters to serve as a reminder:
Next week I will be in the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms and we will complete this same lesson. Also, Wednesday, October 22 is National Unity Day where we will "Unite to Take a Stand Against Bullying". To show our support for bullying awareness, the entire staff and student body will wear orange that day, so don't forget to have your child wear orange and wear orange yourself! For more information on Unity Day, you can go to: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp
Have a great weekend!