The month of Nov was insane! I spent the beginning part of the month dealing with children moving, birthday's and getting ready to attend the NAEYC Conference. But even with all of that we had learning to do. That learning for the month had to do with Community Helpers with Experience Early Learning.
Community Helpers theme is important because that is how we are able to teach children how to be helpful with the people in their life. We are not just teaching them about the professions that help the community in which they live. We are teaching them how these professions help us and keep the community functioning. This means moving beyond the careers of police officers and firefighters. We need to dig into people who work in the stores where we buy our goods, the hospitals where we take our sick and the teachers (like us) who teach our children.
So, for the police officer craft, instead of concentrating on catching bad guys, we focused on peaceful policing. In a life far far away I use to be Military Police, I told them stories about how I helped people who were lost, how I directed traffic during accidents and how I walked around during Halloween to help people as they went trick or treating. The purpose of these stories was to ensure they understood that helping others was the important part of the career.
After we spoke about the different ways which I helped people, I wanted them to think about the different ways in which they help those that they loved. To do that we talked about household chores and what we do to help our families. Some of them told me they didn't help at home AT ALL! (adorable). But they talked about helping to bake, sweep and fold laundry. We discussed if helping made them feel good and how they felt when other helped them.
After that, I dismissed them from circle time to go into free time. I asked them to think about ways to help their friends with games and during clean up time. On this day in the history of teaching the small children in my classroom were kind and sweet and only had a few fights. It was great.
I encourage all of you to continue the talk of kindness and being helpful in your classrooms. Children can learn a lot through watching but sometimes short discussions can be great reminders for children.
Remember to be kind and helpful :)
Live Long and Keep Teaching!