Safety Skills

Objective: Build the footing for deeply understanding one’s location in the world.


Task: Determine your relational location in the world.
Teacher: Constantly converse about where you are in relation to where you are going and where you have been.

“We are driving down Sugar Lane coming from 123 Elm Street, and will turn right at Beeker Street. Which direction do you think we turn once we get to the next intersection?”

“I am heading downstairs from the bedroom to the kitchen that faces the backyard on a hill which overlooks the busy street below.”

“We are walking West, toward the ocean, North of us are the mountainsthat extend to the East, where the sun rises.” Where do you think the sun sets?
“We are passing the police station, did you notice the fire station that came before on the opposite side of the street? What other municipal buildings are just up ahead?”
Student: Draw your own treasure maps, build block roads/cities, and give/receive directions around the house/yard, however nonsensical they may be. No corrections here, give student as much freedom as possible.


Task: Introduce directions and maps.
Teacher: Know what direction you are pointed at all times today, share with student
Website: Tunnel to the other side of the world
Student: Printout: Cardinal Directions and Map
Song: The Directions Song


Task: Time and the 5 W’s
Teacher: Explain Where, whom, when, what, and why in relation to time (morning, afternoon, night)


Teacher: Draw up and practice routines for emergency situations. Stock and check emergency supplies.
Student: Memorize phone numbers/names/addresses


Task: Learn how to tell time using the sun and navigate the stars.