You may have noticed that learning about community helpers is a common and popular theme that is taught in preschools. Some homeschool curricula may not include a unit on community helpers.
If you are putting together your own preschool or early learning unit study style curriculum you will want to make sure that you include community helpers as one of your topics or themes. You will not want to miss out on teaching your children about community helpers.
My father-in-law is a 35 year retired firefighter. My husband is also a paramedic and worked for a private ambulance service for years. Our children have grown up around the fire station, and ambulances, and emergency workers. They have been in and out of the fire station on holidays, and birthdays, and for special events. They’ve even eaten meals with them.
Fire trucks, ambulances, fire and medical equipment has always been so common and normal for our children since they were babies.
To other children that aren’t familiar with medical emergencies or emergency workers it can be overwhelming, very loud and scary. The bright lights and sirens and the large trucks with all of the equipment can be terrifying to children with any type of sensory disorders.
It is important to teach children to not fear these important helpers. When we explain what their jobs are and let them see the equipment, it helps to alleviate some of the fear and give them a better understanding of what it is used for. As well as help to prepare them in case of an emergency.
Medical workers and fire fighters are just one section of community helpers that are important to learn about. There are many other community helpers that our children will encounter on a regular basis. They are people who work together to make the community a better place for everyone.
Even though community helpers may be strangers, and we teach our children to not talk to strangers, we need to teach them to recognize who the community helpers are, and what their jobs are.
Here are some FREE Community Helpers Printables to help teach your children:
More Community Helper Printables:
Writing Prompts About Community Helpers – there are ten writing prompts that include a carpenter, farmer, hairdresser, X-ray tech, veterinarian through the eyes of a turtle, reporter, librarian, scientist, police officer through the eyes of a police dog, and a house cleaner.
Community Helpers Handwriting Practice Instant Download – Your young learners will have fun practicing their print handwriting while reading about community helpers. They will practice writing 49 words as they learn about 24 different community helpers.
In this day and age, it seems like this generation is losing a lot of respect for community helpers. You see it in the media quite often, how people are disrespectful, rude, and violent towards police offers. So much so, that the ones who have trained to protect us, go to work each day knowing that they could be in danger themselves. Even teachers, and librarians get disrespected and verbally abused on a daily basis. Mailmen get overlooked and are rarely thanked for driving in traffic ever single day, in all kinds of weather to safely deliver our mail and packages. Medical workers are usually feared by children, and some may even cry and yell and hit them if they are scared and nervous to be seen.
When we introduce community helpers to our children at a young age, it helps them to understand what these people do, and what their jobs are. It helps to give them a respect for their roles in our community as well.
Community Helper Toys and Games to use in your homeschool:
Carson-Dellosa Listening Lotto: Community Helpers Board GameTrend Enterprises Community Helpers Puzzle SetThe Learning Journey: Match It! – Who Am I? – Self-Correcting Matching Puzzle SetSafari Ltd People TOOB With 7 Everyday Heroes Figurine ToysImagination Generation Little Professionals Wooden Character Set
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!