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General Goals:

- Recognize helpers around your child's community.

- Explain how goods and services meet people’s needs & the ways people exchange goods and services in their various jobs.

- Discover & use simple tools/machines that make work easier for people (lever, pulley, wheel & axle, screw, inclined plane, wedge).

- Develop & demonstrate appreciation for helpers in your child's community.

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What Do People Do All Day? - Richard Scarry

Jobs People Do - DK Publishing

Whose Tools Are These? - Sharon Katz Cooper

Whose Hat Is This? - Sharon Katz Cooper

Whose Vehicle Is This? - Sharon Katz Cooper

Whose Tools Are These? - Amanda Doering Tourville

Whose Gears Are These? - Amanda Doering Tourville

Whose Equipment Is This? - Amanda Doering Tourville

Whose Gadgets Are These? - Amanda Doering Tourville


Pick a series in your library about jobs. There are usually several to choose from:

Community Helpers series by Bridgestone Press in Mankato, MN

Delivering Your Mail - Ann Owen (one in a series on Community Workers to check out)

"I Want To Be a _____" series - Dan Liebman

Amazing Science: Simple Machines series (there are at least 5) - Michael Dahl

Goods or Services? - Ellen Mitten

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People In Your Neighborhood

Brainstorm together about people that help in your personal community: grocer, librarian, mail carrier, pastor, nurse, etc. Possibly make a neighborhood map with these people noted.


For those who really want to go old school, you can watch this oldie but goodie... 

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Goods Or Services?

Talk about jobs that make goods (baker, farmer) & jobs that provide services (barber, trash collector). Use this little game to help differentiate.

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Simple Machines

- Construction workers & landscapers use levers with hammer, wheelbarrow, pliers, hedge trimmers, etc. As you drive around this week, try to pass some of these workers on the job. Stop & point out the tools they are using with your child.

- Watch a science video on simple machines like the one here:

Bill Nye the Science Guy:

Sid the Science Kid: 

 To see several episodes teaching various simple machines, click here.


- Play the game Mouse Trap & talk about the simple machines found in the game.

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Community Helper Field Trip

- Read a book from the Community Helpers series that correlates, then take a tour of a fire station, hospital, dentist office, YMCA, bank, local radio or TV station, library, mail room, etc. Be sure and take along a note of appreciation for the work that community helper does for your community.
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Looking Ahead:

- If you don't have a globe, consider borrowing one for at least next week. It would be a good idea to get one of some kind for this year though. If you can't, you will need to find a handful/bag of blue balloons to have on hand to blow up throughout the year as a substitute. You could also buy cheap inflatable globe balls here. They will break but they come 12 to a package so even if you break them often, no worries. While there, you may also be interested in buying these animals around the world sticker sets. Again, they come 12 to a pack, but you can then let your other children use some, &/or pull them out to review each time you highlight the seven continents. Children learn with repetition.

- Collect the books for next week's theme from the library.

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Looking Ahead:

- Get books on simple machines & community helpers for next week. See book list in Unit 36.

- Set up a tour with a local community helper for next week: library, YMCA life guard, post office, bank, etc.

- If you don't have the game Mouse Trap, see if you can borrow it from a friend or go buy it for next week's topic, simple machines.

– Now is the time to google your area for a local apple orchard. Call & see if you can schedule a time to have a tour in two weeks (during the apple unit). Some require a minimal number of ten, etc. so you may need to call a few other friends with little ones to fill up your group, but it is a very fun Kindergarten field trip.

– While you are googling local businesses, add the local theater to your list. Call & ask for any children’s productions they will be putting on for school groups this next year. Usually they have several & are happy to include homeschooling families. Tickets are generally 3-5$ each & often they let the parent come free. These are excellent ways to introduce your child to the arts for a great price, but they schedule at the beginning of the school year.

- You may have a grandparent that lives far away (or even close) that would love a list of ideas for little gifts to get your child to help keep them connected. We have one that lives several states away who loved to take my theme list & send a care package once a month with items for the next month. If you are so blessed, the “Looking Ahead” section would be a great one to pass on to them. They might just enjoy collecting those extra items like smelly pencils & scratch ‘n sniff stickers for you.

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Personal History

- Write some person history: "Yesterday, I ________. Today, I am going ___________"

- Have your child make a simple timeline of their life so far.

- Make a small family tree. (See Unit 30: Mom/Dad)

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Self Portrait

Have your child do a self portrait. Teach them how to start with an oval, put eyes in the middle, ears even with eyes, then add hair, neck, mouth, etc. Have your child use a mirror. Talk about reflection. Use the book "I See Myself" (see book list above) to tie it in.