Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rhyme In Time

The whole "Clink & Drink" thing got me thinking about how we use these quick and easy-to-remember sayings to teach important stuff. Kids remember stuff much easier if you rhyme it and its short, sort of the Dr. Seuss school of lessons.

I use this when I buckle Jack into his seat, he will say "Click It or Ticket" in a very matter of fact voice, he uses his finger for emphasis (not that finger). I will have to get a movie of that sometime.

I hope the lesson sticks, too. That way he won't even question when he gets into a car to put on his seat belt, even when he is older.

We had a horrible illustration of this the week before last when two kids went out to the convenience store and one wore his belt and the other did not. You can guess who was thrown from the car and died and who did not. Of course, it was the driver who is also being charged with a DUI, but he is alive and walked away from the crash.

Nearly 40,000 people die each year on the roads and half of them didn't wear their seat belts when death occurred.

(Stepping off soapbox)

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