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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Answers are below.

Curricula Teachers
1. Who teaches the curricula?
Training
2. Do we need training?
Time Saving and Easy to Use
3. How much time is needed to prepare for teaching?
Flexible Teaching Schedule
4. Will I be able to spend less time on prevention education?
5. What are the classroom time requirements?
The Element of Fun
6. Why do you have "fun" as an element in such a serious subject?
Music
7. Why do you use music?
Comprehensive
8. Why is Yello Dyno the "foundation curricula" for all victimization-prevention education.
Effective
9. Why do you repeat lessons every year?
10. Will we have children come forward for help?
11. Is Yello Dyno Curricula research-based and does it meet the criteria for mandated legislation?
Age-Appropriate Curricula
12. How would you teach Yello Dyno from Pre-K through 6th grade?
13. What is included in a curriculum?
14. What is the difference between the Safety Party, Can't Fool Me! and Yello Dyno Sez curricula?
15. Why are some materials repeated in each curriculum?
16. Do you have workbooks for students?
DVDs
and Videos
17. What DVD's or videos are included?
18. Why do you have certain scenes in the Tricky People! DVD?
19. Why do you show Lyric making a mistake?
20. Why did you pick Mr. Charming?
The Yello Dyno Puppet
21. Why is the Yello Dyno puppet necessary?
Parent Education
22. What do you offer for parents?
The People Behind Yello Dyno
23. Who is the Founder, Jan Wagner, the Yello Dyno Board, and is this a quality organization?

Answers to Questions

Curricula Teachers
1. Who teaches the curricula?
The Yello Dyno curricula lessons have been taught over 20,000 times. They are designed to ensure that the life-saving knowledge is not dependent on who teaches the lessons. Following the easy-to-use scripts ensures that the children learn the vital personal safety knowledge.

Some of the people who teach the curricula are: guidance counselors, health educators, social workers, teachers, nonprofit volunteers, law-enforcement officers, church school volunteers, girl scout leaders, home schoolers, etc.
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Training
2. Do we need training?
Training is not required. However, we do recommend that if you are implementing the program district-wide,
it will be best if you do include training.
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Time Saving and Easy To Use
3. How much time do you need to prepare for teaching?

The teacher-friendly lesson plans and scripts are easy to follow and require a minimum of preparation time. When we train educators to teach the lessons, we ask one of the teachers to come up front and teach the lesson to the others, even though they have never seen the lesson plan or script before. Everyone is pleasantly surprised to see how easy it really is.
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Flexible Teaching Schedule
4. Will I be able to spend less time on prevention education?

With the Yello Dyno Method and the memory enhancing music, so much can be accomplished in so little time. It is the foundation curricula for all victimization-prevention programs, so once the children have this foundation knowledge, every other required curriculum needs less time because the children grasp the knowledge faster.
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5. What are the classroom time requirements?
Each state and each school district has different requirements and time constraints. With the No Child Left Behind Law there is even less time that can be dedicated to teaching life skills, that is why Yello Dyno is being chosen by educators. The Yello Dyno foundation and lessons make it possible to spend much less time on personal safety.

Just one forty-minute class per year works.
An easy follow-up method to ensure recall is to play the music while children play, during exercises, while doing homework, etc. This makes it possible to reinforce the lessons using very little class time. Plus the Can’t Fool Me! and Tricky People! videos can be shown when you have a substitute teacher. 

Four to six classes are the best pattern for teaching the vital safety lessons. For greater retention of knowledge, repetition of the music, video scenes, role-playing and discussing scenarios help children apply the knowledge more deeply to their own lives. Teach two to three lessons per class period (thirty-five minutes), which will take four to six classes to complete. For children in Pre-K through 2nd grade, six classes are best.
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The Element of Fun
6. Why do you have "fun" as an element in such a serious subject?
The element of fun - through the music, the Yello Dyno character, and games - helps to lessen fear and open up a child to learning.
The element of fun is a critical part of learning and is embedded in the Yello Dyno curricula for the benefit of the teacher and the students.
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Music
7. Why do you use music?
This is explained in detail at the following link: The Yello Dyno Method
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Comprehensive
8. Why is Yello Dyno the "foundation curricula" for all victimization-prevention education? The Yello Dyno Method explains how the fundamentals taught are the basis of all victimization-prevention education.
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Effective
9. Why do you repeat lessons every year?
When a child is in fear - the ”fight or flight” response - there is tunnel vision, and responses need to be almost automatic.
The key lessons in Yello Dyno give the children responses that are life-saving and are stored in the part of the brain that takes charge in flight-or-fight response; for example: “Take three steps back and run like the wind,” "Who to turn to for help," "How to dial 911," etc. The child needs a few key lessons, not complicated intellectual patterns.

That is why it is important to repeat the three fundamental lessons and some key lessons every year, particularly since they are taught for such a short time. With each new curriculum there are new discussions and new key lessons are added.
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10. Will we have children come forward for help?
Of the many outcries we have heard of over the years, no one has ever reported false outcry as a result of using the Yello Dyno curricula.

Since children learn the powerful lesson about how to recognize who Tricky People are and that they have the right to be safe, you will have outcry. A full range of victimizations can be reported, i.e. child abuse, sexual abuse, attempted abduction, bullying, drugs, etc. If someone means a child harm, you will hear about it.
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11. Does Yello Dyno Curricula meet the criteria for mandated legislation, and is it research-based?
Please Click here to view legislation for which Yello Dyno meets the criteria.

REdS Research of the Yello Dyno Curricula states: 80.8% of the students tested demonstrated an increase in knowledge after one cycle of the Yello Dyno Curriculum.

Click here for more independent research information.

We are also in the middle of a two-year study with Ector ISD, Odessa, TX, in their 28 elementary schools. This research is being overseen by REdS. We will also be continuing with research in New York State this spring.
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Age-Appropriate Curricula
12. A. If we want to teach Yello Dyno from Pre-K through 6th grade, what curricula would we purchase?
This is the pattern we would recommend if you are looking to
establish the best knowledge for a child's personal safety that lasts a lifetime: teach Yello Dyno every year from PreK through 5th grade.

Pre-K:
Children at this age love the Yello Dyno Safety Party and it is a wonderful introduction to personal safety. The Yello Dyno Music Curriculum is also excellent for this age.

K-1st  Grades:
Safety Party:
Children in Kinder and First Grade are so young that repeating the Safety Party lessons is important.

2nd Grade: Yello Dyno Sez: The first section is a review of the lessons learned in the Safety Party. Discussion time can be increased and scenarios acted out; then learning to use 911, how to handle emergencies, plus what to do if lost are taught through the Yello Dyno Sez game.

3rd Grade: Can’t Fool Me!: This is often taught in second and third grade. Increased discussion time and scenarios are acted out along with new safety rules.

4th-5th Grades: Tricky People!: Taught in Fourth Grade and reviewed in Fifth Grade. 

5th-6th Grades: Play It Safe On the Internet: Taught in Fifth Grade and can be reviewed in Sixth Grade, as there are 20 lessons. This story is critical for opening up children to discussions on this vital topic.
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13. What is included in a curriculum?
This link is to a list of materials in each curriculum.

For example, the Can't Fool Me! Curriculum includes:
The Teacher Lesson Plan Book and Script
The Yello Dyno Pro Video 1 (lessons that go with this script)
The Can’t Fool Me! Video
The Can’t Fool Me! CD
Raising Safe Kids In An Unsafe World Teacher Handbook
Yello Dyno’s Fun Way to Safe Kids Song and Lesson Book
Safety Rules!
Jumbo Poster for Classrooms (full color, 17 X 22)
Reproducible Master Handouts, and Quizzes

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14. What is the difference between the Safety Party, Can't Fool Me! and Yello Dyno Sez curricula?
Click here for detailed information about the differences between these curricula.

15. Why are some materials repeated in each curriculum?
A great way to reinforce the personal safety lessons - while also saving time and money - is to have other teachers in the school use some of the extra support materials during their classes.
For example: a) The Can’t Fool Me! video can be shown by a substitute teacher when there is no lesson planned. b) The music can be played while students are working on projects or during exercises in PE, or music teachers can teach the safety songs. c) Materials can also be put in the library for parents and others to use. d) The Raising Safe Kids In An Unsafe World Teacher Handbook is a great reference book for teachers on personal safety knowledge.

The main pieces you will use to teach are the Teacher Friendly Lesson Book and Script and the Yello Dyno Pro Video 1, 2, or 3. Materials for grades four, five, and six include a PowerPoint teaching aid that follows the script and lesson plans.  

The other materials are used to reinforce your knowledge, the knowledge the children are learning, and for parent education.
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16. Do you provide workbooks for students?
At this time we do not offer student workbooks.
However,
each curriculum does include age-appropriate reproducible handouts, coloring pages, and quizzes. In addition, bookmarks and stickers can be ordered to reinforce the learning.
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DVDs and Videos
17. What DVDs or videos are included?
Each curriculum has a Yello Dyno Pro 1, 2, or 3 video or a PowerPoint Presentation (DVD and music lessons are imbedded in the PowerPoint) that goes with the lesson plan. The Yello Dyno Pro videos are approximately 15 minutes long and have age-appropriate lesson clips from the two main DVDs, Tricky People! and Can't Fool Me!

One of these two DVDs or Videos comes in a curriculum, depending on the age of the children. The full-length Can't Fool Me! DVD is 30 minutes long (ages 4-8). The full-length Tricky People! DVD is 40 minutes long (ages 9-12).

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18. Why do you have certain scenes in the Tricky People! DVD?
Tricky People are "Dr. Jekylls and Mr. Hydes." They charm adults and children into believing how nice they are, but behind closed doors their behavior changes. In the photo-shoot scene, children learn about danger. Nothing is actually shown, rather it's implied. Adult minds add on what they know, but children will not have all that information. Instead, they see behavior that means danger and they learn the action steps for keeping themselves safe.

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19. Why do you show Lyric making a mistake?
One powerful tool of this video is that, with Lyric in dangerous situations, it activates a mental alertness in the children as they observe, which helps to ensure recall in a crisis. It also draws children into discussion and encourages deductive reasoning so they learn how to evaluate and respond in a dangerous situation. This is based on recent research by Dr. Bruce Perry, presented at the Prevent Child Abuse Conference, February, 2006.

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20. Why did you pick Mr. Charming?
When we had to SHOW Tricky People in a video, it became much more specific than singing about them. In music, the Tricky Person remains unseen and the mind can create whatever image of a Tricky Person it wants - more often than not, an inaccurate image. In the Tricky People! DVD, charm, which is the key trick of "persuasion predators" (who are nine out of ten of those who harm children), had to be personified. In this case, that person is Mr. Charming.

We had to pick a gender for the main character, then an age, then a personality. Someone old enough to know better, but young enough to attract (in this case) young girls. We needed someone whose attention would make them feel special. The whole problem of child victimization is focused in one form, Mr. Charming. His purpose is to trigger a protective response in children if they are ever in one of the many variations of personal danger that children commonly face today. It is easy to apply this behavior to boys through discussion since charm, the privacy and control elements, and the 20+ lessons are the same for all children, regardless of gender.

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The Yello Dyno Puppet
21. Why is the Yello Dyno puppet necessary?
Kids love characters. Yello Dyno represents positive social values and dependability. The Yello Dyno character has been carefully designed by children, child professionals, and professional character designers. He is a rock solid character who delivers fun and unforgettable safety awareness to children. Kids feel safe and fall in love with "that Purveyor of Protection, that foot stompin', tail thumpin' Safety Maven `O Soul...YELLO DYNO!"
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Parent Education
22. What do you offer for parents?
We have wonderful support for parents.
a) We have the Raising Safe Kids Parent Workshop that empowers parents with knowledge to be proactive in their child's personal safety.

b) Seven Special Reports plus parent support information when you are teaching the curriculum.
c) Products parents can order online to use at home with their children.
d) The Yello Dyno Monthly Memo email that parents can sign up to receive.

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The People Behind Yello Dyno
23. Who is the Founder, Jan Wagner, the Yello Dyno Board, and is this a quality organization?

a) To learn about our founder, Jan Wagner, please Click here.

b) To learn about our Board and the experts who have assisted in the creation of the curricula and who help ensure the accuracy of the knowledge,please Click here.

c) Exemplifying the quality and character of our company, the Office of Youth Development and School Community Services for the New York City Department of Education has rated Yello Dyno as follows:
"Yello Dyno has Very Good Program Plan, Very Good Organization Capacity, Very Good Demonstrated Effectiveness, and Very Good Fiscal."
- The largest school district in the United States, New York City, has an enrollment nearly 24 times as big as the 100th-largest district, St. Paul, Minn. - The American School and University, Mike Kennedy, September 1, 2002

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Review the Curricula
There are two options for reviewing the curricula.

Create a Proforma, Place an Order
Visit the Educator Ordering page to review all the curricula, educational materials, and their costs. Each of the curricula and educational materials listed on this page have pop-up windows with descriptions of the lessons. The form can also be used to print a Proforma.

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Pictured: The Tricky People Grade 4-5 Curriculum
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