I am also grateful for the simple song which has been helping my children remember important road crossing procedures:
Stop, look and listen.
Hold a hand to cross the street.
Look left, right, left.
Then, use your feet.
I adapted this song from one I used to sing years ago with kids at a daycare. Why?
Well, on Halloween night, just as the kids and I finished our brief, but exciting neighborhood trick-or-treating excursion, one of our children went from standing right next to me on the sidewalk to running across the road just as a car came along. It was one of those slow-motion, heart-stopping moments as I screamed one child's name while clutching my other two, listening to the oncoming car screech to a halt -- all the while praying and running to protect the child who I thought I might lose...
Praise be to God and all our guardian angels kept us all safe enough to take the above picture during our Autumn Color Walk just days later! The car missed that child by the merest of distances and I recognized that we needed to review street safety procedures.
We spent the remainder of Halloween night watching kids' road crossing safety videos on you tube and role playing street crossings where we pretended to hear or see cars coming and where we did not. As a part of these role plays, we sang our Road Crossing Safety Song over and over.
And since? We have used our song nearly every day and I continue to thank God and our guardian angels each time my children stop, look, listen and take my hand. It is such a simple, yet vital procedure!