The following was submitted by a staff member at the Day Care Center of New Canaan:
Alison Bloom and another worker from the Domestic Violence Crisis Center met with the students at the Day Care Center of New Canaan’s Afterschool Program earlier this year to discuss Anti Bullying Techniques the children could use.
The program was broken up into two groups, the younger children learned how to “take five”, meaning take a moment to think before you speak and potentially hurt some ones feelings. Alison, with the help of her puppet and her co-worker, performed small skits that gave the children opportunities to talk about what bullying is and how to be a better person by not being a bully to anyone. The older students met with Alison to roll play different situations that they have found themselves in and how they can handle similar situations in the future.
She was very helpful to the students and they opened up with her and shared some of the challenges they have had with bullies in their lives.
Click here to view a sample of the children's puppet demonstration.For more information on bringing Peaceworks and their puppets to your classroom, contact the DVCC at (203) 588-9100. Courses are offered for children at different developmental ages; ranging in content about peaceful conflict resolution, mean behavior, dating violence and domestic violence.