Herricks elementary schools social worker Mrs. Cheryl Finkelstein, with her puppet Bobby, recently visited all the kindergarten classes at Searingtown School during the month of November to teach a bully/violence prevention
program entitled Caring Kids.
Caring Kids is a two session workshop comprised of storytelling, puppetry and sharing. The students have learned to identify feelings and respect differences. Also, they identified unkind behaviors and learned how to respond to those behaviors.
Mrs. Finkelstein had the children role play how to use their powerful voices to give them an opportunity to use the selfprotective strategies that she taught them.
Bobby, the puppet, helps the children practice putting themselves in the shoes of other, which reinforces the development of empathy.
The students were totally engaged as they listened to Bobby’s stories and were eager to participate in using their powerful voices. This program gives the children a solid foundation for understanding their own behaviors and the behaviors of others.