Talking To Kids About Hurricane Sandy

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As children return to school, they will bring a range of experiences related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. While the children may welcome the return to the familiar routines of the classroom, teachers will need to make room for the emotional reactions that are likely to be a result of the storm.  
The following guidelines may be helpful for preschool through 3rd grade classrooms.
Use meeting time to check in with your class about Hurricane Sandy.
Even the youngest children will have something to say about the storm. Begin meeting with your usual ritual to greet one another (song, etc). Then move to the topic of the storm. Say something like, “We didn’t have school for so many days because of the storm. Now that we are back together, let’s talk about what happened. Who wants to start?” Call on kids and let them tell their stories, make comments, or ask questions.
Use reflective language to affirm the validity of each child’s experiences.
You may hear things that are upsetting or scary or tragic.  When you hear something that is important, invite other children to contribute and respond with reflective language.
Child: When the storm came, the policeman said “you have to get out!” We had to go to the shelter and my baby brother was crying.
Teacher: Did anyone else have to go to a shelter or leave their house because of the storm?
Child 2: We went to my grandma’s house, because the wind broke the porch and my mommy was screaming. My grandma had a big lake in

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