This past week, our family went “screen-free!” We didn’t use the internet, watch tv, or use our tablets. It was so nice and easier than I thought that it was going to be! We decided that we are going to do more set “screen-free” times. With that said, I am a week behind in my blog posts and have a lot of work to do this week! If you would like to find more information and/or take a pledge to go “screen-free” for a week, here is some more information.
Two classes ago, we learned all about community helpers. We learned about the services they provide, the tools they need to use, and their special modes of transportation. Here is what we did….
I had a bunch of books for the parents and kids to read. I had fiction and non-fiction choices. You can see my complete list here. I ended up reading Officer Buckle and Gloria after we sang our welcome songs. After reading the book, we played “I have… who has…?” with community helpers. I found it here. I laminated the cards so I can use them again. Then we moved on to our stations…..
I had everyone’s pictures available for the kids to vote on which job they would like to be when they grow up. The finished result would look like a bar graph with their cute faces!!
When completed, I had the kids talk about which career had the most and the least amounts of votes. There was also a tie to discuss.
This was a really cute center that I found here. The kids put the correct amount of fire trucks in the fire station.
I had three bins with the letters S, P, and B on them. I had a ton of different tools that community helpers use that begin with these letters. The kids had to sort the tools by their beginning sound.
I had the kids sort the upper and lower case “h’s”.
I love catching kids and parents reading!!
I had a couple of “which one is different” type sheets. I found them here.
I also had the kids color and complete a mini-book on community helpers. I found it here. Most kids didn’t get to it, so they were able to take it home to complete it later.
For our craft, the kids created a construction hat and tool belt.
For each child, I had a copy of the tools (found here) and a construction hat that I found through clip art. I also had black strips of paper to create the belt and hat. I did them all the same length and then had a stapler handy for the parents to measure their child’s waist and head. I also had crayons for coloring, scissors for cutting, and glue to attach their work.
This was the first time that most of the kids used scissors. This was a lot of fun and the kids loved it! The final product was so cute and my kids loved wearing them around the house.
For snack, I had alphabet crackers from Kroger.
So cute!!! I seriously love the kids in this class!
Not Pictured: Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of TWO stations (Ugh!). I had a giant felt board with large pictures of community helpers, each wearing specific gear and carrying tools of their trade. The kids had to look at the helper, study their attire and tools and match them with the name of their career. I also had pictures of community helpers and pictures of different modes of transportation that the “helper” uses (for example, a mail carrier and a mail truck). The kids had to match the helper with their correct mode of transportation. I am so disappointed that I didn’t get pictures!
This was really an engaging and fun class, plus the kids learned a lot!
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