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Community Helpers or Heroes as they are being called here in our home due to the school’s topic is a fabulous topic for kids to learn about and this weeks playful preschool theme is just that. Across the blogs of the team made up of parents and educators we are sharing learning and creative activities around the theme of community helpers. We used this opportunity to introduce some Initial Sounds work with T.
*As we are British some of the initial sounds for the community helpers we have used may not be what you expect there are a few helpers that have very different titles in the UK so if some of the letters that are matched in this activity look very off to you it’s because of the titles that we give these heroes of our communities*
It amazes me how quickly children start to pick up letter names and sounds, just a few weeks ago T (3 and a half) had no clue about letters and was struggling to recognise her name, now we can talk about letters and some of the sounds that they produce as she is starting to learn phonics. Using this knowledge I wanted to work further to get the basic sounds and using a combination of magnetic letters and a free printable to work on this area of knowledge.
Cut out the people from the community helpers resource – I also printed off the objects so that we could play a snap/matching game with those up at a later date but only printed off the community helpers without words. Gather up magnetic letters for the first letter of each of the workers name – we have a large tube with duplicates.
- Work on initial sounds
- Recognise and name community helpers
Initial Sounds and Community Helpers
I set up our letters and a pile of the community helpers and we first reviewed the community helpers talking about their roles and what they did to help others in the community.
Included in the set are –
- lunchtime supervisor (which we have called Cook)
- fireman – fire fighter
- lollipop people – school crossing guard
- builder – construction worker
- paramedic – first responder
- caretaker – cleaner
- bus driver
- dustbin man – refuse collector, garbage man
- milk man
- postman – mail carrier
- road worker – road crew
With the pile of community helpers we talked about what they did and then named them – when working with initial sounds I emphasise the first sound in the word.
We’re still working on letter recognition but T is getting really good at hearing that first sound – so the d in doctor and she would repeat it back to me. At the level that she is working at we then hunted through the letters to find the matching letter sound, if you child has letter recognition you could let them search through to find the matching letter themselves.
Whilst we’re working on letters and sounds I make sure to introduce both but start with the phonetic sound of the letter that will help to identify it in words and with spelling and reading the future.
My eldest J wanted to join in – at 5 he’s making fantastic progress with his letter sounds but wanted to work on the cards like T had with me – instead of matching the initial sounds we worked on writing out the names of the community helpers – as he’s learning phonics with some high frequency words he spells a lot of the words phonetically and hasn’t learnt all of his diagraphs and trigraphs yet so words like teacher – he spelt teecher because the ee and ea make the same sound – As it’s great that he’s attempting and wanting to spell the word and write them, I then write the correct spelling on the card and talk about the difference between the word that he’s written and how the word is actually spelt.
More Community Helper Posts
Check out these other fantastic learning and creative posts from the #playfulpreschool team on this weeks theme Commuity Helpers.
Rescue the Alphabet Game by Mom Inspired Life
ABC Mail Delivery Service by Tiny Tots Adventures
Making and Delivering Mail by Growing Book by Book
Community Helpers Starting Sounds – #playfulpreschool by Rainy Day Mum
Map Activity for a Community Helpers Preschool Theme by Fun-A-Day!
Community Helpers Police Hat Craft for Preschoolers at Life Over C’s
Road Construction Pretend Play: The Importance of Stop & Go Games for Kids by Still Playing School
Doctor or Nurse Community Helper Center: Band-Aid Games for #PlayfulPreschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Crossing Guard-Learning and Imaginative Play by Capri + 3
Teach About Community Helpers with Role Playing by The Educators’ Spin On It