Have you ever mailed someone a chicken? Probably not, but after a class visit to the post office last week, Pre-K and Kindergarten students now know that it’s possible. They also know that biologists get to spend a lot of time outside, nurses have some pretty interesting toys and there’s more than one way to heal someone. It’s all part of their unit on Community Helpers, which has included such guests as a real-life E.R. nurse (Jeanette, mom of Hazel and Dalton), a Kinesiologist (Eva, mother of Aris and Ava), a biologist and more.
“I wanted to broaden their idea of potential jobs in the community and understanding that real people have these jobs as they grow up,” says Pre-K teacher Carol Shimono. “I know that what we pretend to be as children often has such an effect on our opportunities later in life.”
While the children may not be able to describe in detail what they learned from each visit, they’re clearly enjoying the experience. “I got a turn with the hug thing,” says Zofia, age four. “It was to test your blood.” A blood pressure cuff by any other name is apparently more exciting. “The kids have enjoyed all of the different activities,” says Carol, “because once we do something, they get to play with either the equipment or some pretend version of it.”
Later this week they’ll be learning about scientists from Mr. Neil and getting a visit from some E.M.T.s. The unit will wrap up with a trip to the fire station and a special glimpse behind the scenes at Puerto Vallarta restaurant. “Some want to be firefighters during all of their play but now they get to try out the role of a postman or someone who has a restaurant,” Carol says. “I wanted them to have more choices, more experiences and opportunities for what they can eventually create for themselves.” View Photos Watch Video