Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Community Helpers & My Neighborhood

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Our World

Community Helpers Theme:

Fire Station Field Trip

Fire Station Field Trip

This format focuses on categorizing community helpers into groups and teaching kids about what they do. Gail Gibbons has done a number of books on many of these subjects, which can be useful in facilitating some lessons.

  • Emergency/Safety: 911, Police, Fire, EMTs
  • Medical/Health: Doctor, Nurse, Dentist
  • Educational: Teachers, Librarians, Coaches, Church Groups
  • Commerce: Post Office, Bank, Stores, Restaurants, Gas Stations
  • Teach them how to call 911 and where to go for help
  • Discuss safety tips for being outside, riding a bicycle, walking to school or bus stop, riding in a car, and dealing with strangers
  • Help them learn their name, phone number, address and parent’s & sibling’s names

Songs & Poems: Community Helpers/Careers

Related Theme: Careers

My Neighborhood Theme:

This format focuses on things you find in a neighborhood and how to get from one to the other using roads or maps.

  • Identify buildings within a neighborhood area: Homes, Schools, Park, Hospital, Post Office, Bank, Stores, Restaurants, Gas Stations, Police/Fire Dept., Churches, Library, Health and Sports Community Centers such as the YMCA, etc.
  • Discuss how roads, traffic lights and road signs work
  • Use a map worksheet to help them understand how a neighborhood is designed and to teach map skills.
  • Take a car trip with your child. Have them identify buildings they see or give you directions by asking which way you should turn to help them learn how to go from their home to a particular place
  • Discuss safety tips for being outside, riding a bicycle, walking to school or bus stop, riding in a car, and dealing with strangers
  • Help them learn their name, phone number, address and parent’s & sibling’s names
  • ABCya! has a great online game Take a Trip to apply these learning points.

Recommended Book:

  • Lost On Owl Lane by Susan Blackaby
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This entry was posted on April 9, 2012 by in Geography, Safety & Sports, Social Studies and tagged , , , .
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