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Community helper lessons are an exciting and real-life way for kids to learn all about the helpers in their neighborhood, city, or country. This beloved preschool theme is a favorite way to honor and respect the people surrounding us. There are so many who work hard day in and day out to make our community the best place to live and grow up!
Preschoolers are absolutely enamored with community helpers and the jobs that they do. This includes doctors, nurses, firefighters, garbage collectors, police officers, postal workers, teachers, forest rangers, and more. This theme can be used for weeks or even months as there are so many valuable helpers to cover!
Being helpful is a term that most preschoolers recognize and relate to. They know the importance of being helpful while understanding that they themselves frequently need help from their parents, teachers, and caregivers. When we help preschoolers make the connection that grown-ups are helpers too, this can open up the discussion about who we can safely ask for help when we need it.
Community Helpers Lesson Plans
Three reasons why learning about Community Helpers is beneficial for young children:
- Promotes making safe choices. When we educate young children on how to ask for help, and most importantly, who they should ask, we prepare them to always “look for the helpers” when they are in need.
- Encourages engagement in their own community. This promotes how to be a good helper even at the preschool level! They can learn to help by not littering, following safety rules while outside, and finding safe help when needed.
- Sparks interest in future career choices. When preschoolers meet and learn about the helpers who keep our communities safe, maintained, and orderly, they’re also learning about all kinds of helpful and exciting careers.
As Mr. Rogers once said,
When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’
By getting to know our community helpers, children get inspired by those who work to make our world a better place to live, learn, and grow while fostering independence and self-help skills.
Engage your preschoolers with classroom jobs and help them be their very own classroom community helpers! Invite special helper activities into your classroom or homeschool. Take a peek into a mail carrier’s job and mail a friendship letter to a sweet friend!
Fun Hands-On Community Helpers Lesson Plans
Our preschool community helpers lesson plan is chock full of fun learning experiences and book lists that cover the whole theme! You’ll get 24 fantastic lessons with community helper activities that allow for extra creativity. Flexibility is built-in, as you can plan the activities for the days that work best for you.
Toddler Community Helpers Lesson Plan
Toddlers love learning about community helpers, their vehicles, and their day-to-day jobs. Our community helpers lesson plan is perfect for toddlers or young preschoolers. Grab 20 fun and exciting activities to help you put together the perfect community helpers theme for young children.
Daily Community Helper Lesson Plans
Looking for daily or weekly lessons already planned out? These classroom lesson plans are a great planning tool and full of ideas for centers, book lists, and fully editable -perfect to make them your own!
Community Helpers Printables
Look no further- these amazing community helpers printables for preschool and pre-k are perfect to create hand-on themed learning. Create playdough mats, binders, and more.
We hope these community helper ideas and resources are a great fit for you and your little ones!
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