The preschoolers at Fox Hollow Elementary were mesmerized. They sat quietly and watched closely as the tiny talking bus taught them about bus safety.
“When you’re on a bus, you need to be quiet,” Buster the Bus explained, “because the bus driver has to listen for traffic and sirens.”
“I think he’s a robot,” said one youngster.
“I was thinking he might have batteries in him,” said another.
But the kids were quick to join in when Buster sang and danced to “The wheels on the bus go round and round.”
“I liked Buster’s dancing!” exclaimed an excited preschooler.
Along with the singing and dancing came important information about getting on and off a bus safely, bus behavior, and standing and walking around a bus only where the bus driver could see them.
Then the students got to take a ride on a real bus – apparently Buster’s grandpa – and practice an emergency exit drill, where they were lifted out the back door of the bus and followed a rope to a safe zone.
Fox Hollow preschool teachers said it was a wonderful experience for their students, including several who have hearing impairments.
“Some of our students have a significant hearing loss and benefit from real-life experiences that create a connection from the classroom to everyday life,” said Nicole Kroger, a teacher in the CCSD Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. “Having Buster the Bus visit our classroom gave our students the opportunity to use the language they’ve been introduced to in a meaningful and tangible way. The students were able to meet and interact with Buster, ask questions and go on a real bus ride. These experiences really solidify what is being taught in the classroom.”
The Cherry Creek Schools Transportation Department uses Buster to help young children learn important safety rules in a fun and age-appropriate way.
“The Buster program is a great tool to help teach younger students bus safety rules,” said Mike Hush, Transportation director for Cherry Creek Schools. “If they learn these rules at a younger age there is more chance they will retain that understanding throughout their school years. If we provide this each year in the future for our youngest students we hope to increase the safety of every students ride even if they only ride the bus on field or activity trips. Buster can help give them the tools and knowledge to see the bus ride as just a normal part of their school day.”
Posted April 3, 2014.