Preschool & Elementary Programs


Building on more than 30 years as prevention practitioners, NOVA’s prevention programs provide innovative, supportive, and age-appropriate learning experiences. NOVA programs are designed to promote critical thinking skills, respectful interpersonal boundaries, and heathy relationships.Elementary Education Chart
THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS NOVA DELIVERS ON-SITETO PRESCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
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Safe and Appropriate Touch:

Personal Safety

NOVA’s Personal Safety program builds body boundaries and teaches children about safe and appropriate touches or requests. Children are empowered to listen to their feelings, assertively say “no” in unsafe situations, and tell a trusted adult.

NOVA’s Personal Safety programs are age-appropriate and presented in in the classroom. Accompanying videos and activities reinforce the safety rule: NO•GO•TELL.
DETAILS

Preschool:

  • Age 3 Safety Bear – 30 minutes
  • Ages 4 and 5 Cat’s Tale – 45 minutes

Elementary School:

  • Kindergarten Cat’s Tale –– 45 minutes
  • Grade 1 Three Kinds of Touches 60 minutes
  • Grade 2 A Good Rule to Know 60 minutes
  • Grade 3 Better Safe Than Sorry 60 minutes
  • Grade 4 Smart Guy or 4 u 2 Know 60 minutes
  • Grade 5 4 u 2 Know 60 minutes
  • Grade 6 4 u 2 Know 60 minutes

Also available:

  • Parent Preview
  • Staff Program

Safety Matters

– A multisession personal safety program for children with developmental disabilities.

NOVA’s practice-informed program teaches boundaries, safe and unsafe touches or requests, appropriate non-compliance, private and public places, and how to seek help if needed. Utilizing social stories, video, classroom activities and small group instruction, this interactive program is tailored to meet the student’s needs.

DETAILS
  • Ages 7 through 12
  • Parent Program
  • Staff Program
For more information contact: Mary Worthington at mary@novabucks.org or call 215-343-6543

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Bully Prevention:

Stop this is a Bully-Free Classroom

NOVA’s Bully-Free program promotes positive attitudes and behaviors supporting a caring environment. Team building and victim empathy are endorsed, utilizing interactive activities and video. Together with the NOVA educator, students participate in skill-building challenges and learn the value of the Upstander”. Resources for support are discussed and encouraged.

All programs are age-appropriate. Program videos and activities reinforce team building and inclusion.
DETAILS

Elementary School:

  • Kindergarten Let’s Be Friends – 45 minutes
  • Grade 1 No More Teasing (Part 1) 60 minutes
  • Grade 2 No More Teasing (Part 2) 60 minutes
  • Grade 3 How I Learned Not To Be Bullied 60 minutes
  • Grade 4 Don’t’ Pick in Me (Part 1) 60 minutes
  • Grade 5 Don’t’ Pick in Me (Part 2) 60 minutes
  • Grade 6 Put An End To Bullying · PowerPoint Program 60 minutes

Also available:

  • Parent Program
  • Staff program

It’s No Laughing Matter:  Gender Bullying

NOVA’s It’s No Laughing Matter supports a culture of equality, safety, and respect and targets a covert form of bullying that intentionally uses gender to create harm. The difference between joking and gender bullying is clarified. Students discuss rights and responsibilities, ways to appropriately respond to gender bullying, victim support, and reporting policies.
DETAILS

Grade level: 5 or 6
PowerPoint Program          
60 minutes
Also available:

  • Parent Program
  • Staff program

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Technology – iSmart Series:

iSmart 101

NOVA’s iSmart 101 program provides the foundation for Digital Citizenship. Appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use is presented. Topics include: password protection, internet tricks, “virtual friends”, reputations, sharing and downloading content, and how to handle uncomfortable or dangerous situations.
DETAILS

Grade level: 4 or 5
PowerPoint Program
60 minutes

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullies demean and isolate victims using mobile tools to post, text and spread embarrassing pictures, messages or gossip. NOVA’s Cyberbullying program clarifies digital rights and responsibilities and teaches appropriate strategies and effective responses to handle cyberbullying. “Upstanders” and resources for support are discussed and encouraged.
DETAILS

Grade level: 5 or 6
PowerPoint Program
60 minutes

Your Digital Footprint

NOVA’s Your Digital Footprint explores privacy in the digital world and promotes critical thinking regarding how digital content is potentially viewed and stored. Students apply this information in scenario activities designed to foster empathy and encourage responsible and respectful decision making.
DETAILS

Grade level: 6
PowerPoint Program
60 minutes

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Peer Education Programs:

It’s No Laughing Matter:  Gender Bullying Peer Education Program

It’s No Laughing Matter supports a culture of equality, safety, and respect and targets a covert form of bullying that intentionally uses gender to create harm.

NOVA educators first present the Gender Bullying prevention program to all 6th grade classrooms. Following the presentations, 6th grade students interested in becoming trained NOVA peer educators are invited to submit a letter of application to their classroom teacher. The host school then chooses the peer educators. The selected peer educators are trained by NOVA educators utilizing NOVA’s Train-the-Trainer (TTT) curriculum to present the Gender Bullying program to 5th grade classrooms. The TTT training will also provide leadership training, public speaking tips, and classroom presentation tools. For more information contact: Mary Worthington at mary@novabucks.org or call 215-343-6543.

Encourage:  Upstander Peer Education Program

Encourage is a bully prevention program that supports empathy, teamwork, and friendship.
NOVA educators coach and train high school student leaders to deliver NOVA’s Encourage program to elementary students within their district. Under the guidance of NOVA educators, the peer educators present the program and provide meaningful suggestions while facilitating break-out sessions incorporating skill-building activities. This program provides the opportunity to provide skills and resources for younger students receiving the program, as wells as the peer educators presenting the program. Peer educators develop leadership skills, presentation skills and confidence, as well as becoming for effective in preventing bullying. For more information contact: Mary Worthington at mary@novabucks.org or call 215-343-6543.

If one of our listed programs does not meet your specific needs, please inquire. To schedule a program or meeting, please call 215-343-6543.