In October, the local Fire Department visited Heights Cooperative Preschool for National Fire Prevention Week. Learning about fire safety is so important to start early, so kids know from a young age how to handle the dangers of fire. This year also marks 100 years since Fire Prevention Week was made official!
Here's what we learned when the fire department visited our school.
1: Create a Family Fire Safety Plan
Create an emergency fire plan with your family and friends, including where you would go if you had to evacuate. Be prepared for an emergency by having a disaster plan in place, having enough supplies on hand, and practicing evacuation drills with your family.
Everyone in your home should know the fire safety plan, and children should be taught how to use the fire alarm and exit safely. Set up emergency contacts in case of an emergency so your kids know who to call for help.
Make your home fire escape plan and safety action plan using these guides from the National Fire Prevention Association.
2: Teach Your Kids Age-Appropriate Fire Safety
Talk to your kids about fire safety as often as possible, including when you use the stove or if you are making a fire outside. Make sure they know what to do if they see a fire, and be sure they know the locations of the exits in their home.
Make sure your kids know how to respond to a fire alarm and how to use the fire escape routes.
As your kids grow older, teach them how to use a fire extinguisher and involve them in replacing the batteries in smoke alarms every year so they are more engaged with your fire safety practices.
Visit Sparky.org for lots of online games and resources for your kids to learn about fire safety!
3: Store and Use Household Items Properly
Make sure all materials that could create a fire are stored in a safe place, such as candles out of reach of children and cigarettes out of sight.
Store flammable materials in cool, dry places and away from heat sources.
Follow these simple tips for safe fire safety:
4: Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Fire safety is not only about knowing the fire safety rules - it's also about having the proper tools to detect fires and emergencies. Install smoke detectors in each room of your home, and install a carbon monoxide detector in case of an emergency. Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them monthly and replacing the batteries every year.
Smoke from any kind of fire can be dangerous, especially when it's dense or contains chemicals. Make sure your kids know the dangers of smoke, and keep them away from any fires that are burning.
As the National Fire Prevention Association says, "Fire is dark!" Though the flames start off bright, soon fires become very dark and smoky. It's important to stay low to the ground so that you aren't breathing or trying to see through the dark smoke.
How many smoke alarms do you need? According to the NFPA, "Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms."
5: Know the School's Fire Safety Plan
In addition to knowing your home's fire safety rules, it's important to know the school's fire safety plan. Our classrooms have plans in place to evacuate students in case of a fire. Make sure you know where your child is in case of an emergency, and be sure to talk to your child's teacher about their fire safety plan.
Fire safety is not a one-time event - it's something that needs to be practiced regularly so your family is prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure you and your family members are familiar with fire safety tips, and practice evacuation drills on a regular basis.
Our students love to do yoga! It's a great part of our weekly routine at Heights Cooperative Preschool and the kids have a great time practicing yoga poses in imaginative and fun ways. Yoga has many benefits for children, helping them develop their bodies and minds, improve their concentration and focus, and even relieve stress. In this article we're exploring our favorite benefits of yoga for kids.
1: Yoga Can Help Develop Their Bodies
Yoga is great for overall fitness and can help kids build muscle and bones. In fact, studies have shown that kids who do yoga regularly are more likely to stay healthy and fit throughout their lives. Yoga can also help with posture and balance, which can be beneficial for both their physical health and mental well-being.
2: Yoga Can Improve Their Concentration And Focus
Yoga is a great way to focus and concentrate. It helps improve short-term memory recall and reaction time, BrainHQ reports. Additionally, asanas (yoga poses) are specifically designed to promote deep breathing, which is known to improve brain function and concentration.
3: Yoga Can Relieve Stress
Many kids deal with a lot of stress in their everyday lives, and yoga can be a great way to release that stress and tension in a relaxing way.
A lot of stress arises from everyday life situations, especially when children are going through big changes like a new baby at home or the loss of a pet. By practicing yoga regularly, kids can learn to relax and de-stress. This can lead to a more positive outlook on life and improved mental health overall.
4: Yoga Can Increase Flexibility And Strength
It's important to stretch, especially for active children who may not be thinking about the impact of activities on their lower back like we adults do! Yoga can help to improve muscle tightness by stretching and strengthening the muscles in the body. Our yoga classes have poses and exercises are gentle enough for children, but still challenging enough to make them feel their muscles working. In addition, yoga can increase joint mobility, which can be beneficial for maintaining good health throughout the years. Starting early helps children build an appreciation for their wellness.
5: Yoga Can Improve Posture And Balance
Poor posture can lead to health problems in the future, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. By practicing yoga regularly, kids can improve their posture and develop better balance. This can help to prevent injuries in the future and improve overall health.
6: Yoga Can Improve Sleep Quality
Kids who practice yoga regularly may sleep better. In fact, research has shown that yoga can improve sleep quality for people of all ages. This is because yoga helps to calm the mind and body, which can lead to a more restful sleep.
7: Yoga Can Teach Children Mindfulness Skills
One of the benefits of yoga for children is that it can teach them mindfulness skills by practicing deep breath and relaxing poses. When practiced regularly, yoga can help kids develop stress management and communication skills. This can be beneficial for their development overall.
8: Yoga Can Help Them Connect With Nature
Yoga also has many benefits for children when it comes to connecting with nature. In fact, research has shown that kids who practice yoga are more likely to enjoy spending time outdoors and be more physically active. This is because yoga helps promote a healthy mind-body connection.
9: Yoga Is Fun For Kids To Do!
Yoga is a lot of fun for kids, which is one of the main reasons why they enjoy practicing it. Kids love the feeling of relaxation and peace that yoga can provide. Additionally, yoga helps children develop flexibility and balance, which are important skills for later in life.
10: There Are Many Styles Of Yoga That Are Great For Kids.
Our weekly yoga classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor and are age-appropriate. And like our everyday curriculum, even our yoga is taught through play! Children learn different poses in fun and creative ways, like pretending to be animals in a zoo or jungle. They use their imaginations to travel different places, acting out stories by moving their bodies in different poses as they go along. The class ends with a quiet reflection period.
Yoga is a great way to promote a healthy mind-body connection in children. It helps them develop flexibility and balance, as well as deep relaxation and peace. There are many styles of yoga that are perfect for kids, and yoga can be done in a fun, creative way that kids will love!