Songs, Books, and Stories
A carpenter builds things for houses.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook;
We will play practice using screwdrivers and look at different tools in a wooden play construction set.
A baker makes and sells food to people in the community.
Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
We will bake cookies as a large group.
Librarians check out books to people in the community.
Curious George goes to the Library by Margret Rey
We will sort different colored book pictures into trays using tweezers.
A Mail Carrier sorts and delivers letters and packages to our community.
The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves by Gail Gibbons
We will “write letters” to our families, put a stamp on the envelope, and drop the letter off at a mailbox (either as a class or the teachers will depending on time)
People who work at fire stations are trained to put out fires and keep us safe.
Firefighters by Norma Simon; Firefighter finger play
We will have a firefighter from the La Crosse Fire department come in and talk to the children about protective wear and what their job is like.
Changes to the Environment
Our dramatic play center will feature a post office where children can pretend to sort and deliver letters and packages to others. For construction, we will use unit blocks to build community helper buildings. Our sensory table will hold oats with measuring cups and muffin tins. For small motor we will lace shoelaces through laminated cut-out “helper hands.” For art, we will place our painted handprints on a large piece of paper that says “Hands are for Helping.” Large Motor will involve throwing bean bags onto pictures of community helpers and identifying which picture it lands on.