Tot School: Occupations

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I remember saying I wanted to be a princess, but I also remember a time when I wanted to be a marine biologist, a NICU nurse, & a librarian.  I still want to be all these things (including the princess), but I don't think any of my wishful occupations included being a stay at mom or a teacher.  I had talked about having kids, then swearing I'd never have any, & swaying back & forth between both options until that day came that I HAD to make a decision....& let me tell you, that was my best decision to date.  Being a mother I have found my calling.  I have a passion for it, I never knew I would have & with that, my heart is filled with desire to teach my son.  I have a newfound love of learning (& now teaching), as we explore different subjects together & as I watch his mind expand as broad as the universe.  These are the thoughts that came to me as we discovered the subject of "occupations" this week. & I think if Reagan could have his way, when he grows up he would want to be part of the Paw Patrol or perhaps a post master (this kid LOVES LOVES LOVES the post office).

The books we read this week (shout out to our amazing librarians for helping us find all these amazing resources!) included:
  1. Career Day by Anne Rockwell.  It's career day at school.  Come see what your classmates' parents do for work!
  2. Whose Hat Is This? (Community Workers) by Sharon Katz Cooper.  Small hints help kids guess who's hat it is, with the answer on the next page! Reagan really enjoyed this one.
  3. A Day in the Life of a Nurse by (Community Helpers at Work) by Connie Fluet.
  4. Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman. Big brother wants to be a firefighter as he tells younger brother all about the brave things he'll do.
  5. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. Reagan loves the Pea Series & this book introduces you to pea occupations A-Z!
  6. Astronauts and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers. 
  7. Whose Hands Are These? (Community Helper Guessing Book) by Miranda Paul. Very similar to "Whose Hat Is This?" except using hands & rhyming clues, with answers on the next page.
  8. Baker by Dana Meachen Rau. A little picture book about all the things a baker can bake.

For our field trip we took a walk to our local fire station. P has a friend who volunteers there & was more than happy to bring the truck out & show Reagan around it.  Reagan was SO excited to see the firetruck up until we actually got there.  I think he was a little overwhelmed with how big they are, definitely larger than his little toy truck.  But he got to help wash the truck & even left with a coloring book & paper firefighter doll kit.  We'll make a point to stop by there again when he's a little older & the weather is nicer. P's friend invited us to watch the team learn on a practice fire.

For our STEAM activities, we made both Community Helper Vehicle Collages & a Science Experiment (essentially a small volcano project). 

  1. For the Community Helper Vehicle Collages you'll need:
    1. Craft paper in blue, white, red, & black.
    2. Glue &/or glue stick
    3. Scissors
    4. Tissue paper in blue, white, & red.
      1. Cut three vehicles: ambulance in white, police car in blue, & fire truck in red.
      2.  Cut tissue paper into small pieces
      3. Allow your child to glue tissue paper onto the craft paper vehicles.
      4. After the tissue & glue was dry, cut out some windows, wheels, sirens, cross, & a fire ladder 
      5. Have your child glue these accessories to their corresponding vehicles.
  2. For the Science Expirement you'll need:
    1. Small plastic container. (I used a small sour cream container)
    2. Hot glue gun
    3. Scissors
    4. Newspaper
    5. Paper plate or piece of cardboard
    6. Baking powder (a little under 1/4 cup)
    7. Vinegar (about 1/2 cup)
    8. Food coloring (optional)
      1. Lay down newspaper! You do not want this all over your table, especially if you're using food coloring.  
      2. Using the scissors, cut out most of the bottom of your container.
      3. Using the hot glue gun, glue the top of the container to your paper plate or cardboard.
      4. Help your child add food coloring of their choice to the vinegar.  Reagan chose green for his first experiment & red for his second.
      5. Carefully spoon baking powder into the container from the top hole you made.
      6. Add vinegar & watch it fizz & bubble over! We were able to do this 2-3 times with the amount of baking soda we had in there. 

So what about you?  What did you want to be when you grew up?  What do you want to do now? Drop a comment below letting me know! Also follow my Tot School Pinterest board here to get more ideas on fun activities for preschool age kids!


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