When discussing lockdowns or lockdown drills with your child(ren), keep the conversation light and avoid too many or overwhelming details. Stick to the information your child(ren) need to know to be successful in that moment.
Listen to what your child(ren) are asking and only answer the question(s) asked.
Be honest but succinct.
Discuss lessons from the book often and talk about how they might apply to your child’s own life.. Car rides, bath time, dinner time- these are great times to capitalize on having your child’s undivided attention.
Remind your child(ren) that it may not always be their teacher giving them directions during a lockdown. Talk about other possibilities as well- it could be a substitute or even a teacher they don’t know.
Discuss what your child(ren) should do if they are alone when a lockdown occurs. What should they do if they are in the restroom? Running an errand? Etc.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin
Make an appointment to meet local police officers. This ensures that your child(ren) will feel comfortable and confident to exit the room or follow directions if requested by an officer.
Pause when reading the book to let your child(ren) answer the questions and fill in the blanks for themselves. This encourages memorization and also helps your child better understand the lessons and feel successful.
Read I Can Be a Superhero During a Lockdown often. Children need repetition in order to remember and understand important lessons.
Offer a prize after a successful drill or lockdown. A sticker, a hand stamp, a fun game or activity or just time to decompress can be very motivating and will focus attention on a positive reward after a stressful experience.
Parents can also offer prizes to their child(ren) after learning that they have successfully completed a drill. Positive reinforcement creates success.
-Some children may be motivated to sit quietly and still when ‘competing’ against others.. See who can be the quietest mouse and the stillest statue. Provide prizes to the winners!
Complete the coloring sheet together as a class or at home together with your child while discussing lessons learned and expectations.
Include the book I Can Be A Superhero During a Lockdown in your substitute pack and request that every sub read and familiarize themselves with the book. This will insure that your substitute will be aware of your classrooms knowledge and expectations during a drill..