This week, we are discussing bullying in first grade. Given the continued goal of improving bullying prevention and response in schools, it is not only incredibly important for us to begin to educate our students on bullying at an early age, it is also the law.
In our lesson, we defined bullying as repeated mean behaviors directed at another student. Often, these actions make the target, or victim, feel scared, angry, upset, even powerless.
We read the book, “Stop Picking on Me,” by Pat Thomas. The book explains that when someone is being bullied, it can be hard to get help. However, reaching out to a trusted adult is the most important thing our students can do. We connected bullying to our discussion on problem solving from last week, and realized that when someone is hurting our feelings and we cannot solve the problem on our own, getting help is an important next step.
If you have a moment, please take time to review the definition of bullying with your children and remind them that if someone is ever hurting their feelings and they cannot get them to stop, it is important to tell a friend or adult.
Thank you for your help supporting this important lesson.
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