Preschoolers: Jobs

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan



Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin
Guess Who? by Margaret Miller*
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto**
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Growing Up**

Featured Track: “I Got a Job”

Flannelboard: Five Brave Firefighters*

Flannelboard: Little Cat, Little Cat**

Letter of the Day: J**

Props: Community Helper Puppets

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Everyone Can March

How It Went

Monday morning
Oh, the kids were so sad that today was the last class! I had so many long faces and hugs at storytime today. Both books (Kitten Red Yellow Blue and Trashy Town) were equally successful with this group. I think that we played “Little Cat, Little Cat” probably five or six rounds since the kids were enjoying it so much. And we had one last song of “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” to get them ready to start class.

Thursday morning
The kids in Thursday’s group were very involved in talking about the different jobs that boys and girls can have. I had to do a lot of redirected speech, “That’s a mail person” or “That’s a firefighter’s hat” to hopefully get the point across that jobs are equal and everyone can do the job that they would want to. I think that Kitten Red Yellow Blue really helped with that because it does feature many different gender/job pairings. I also used Guess Who? here which I would love if they’d release a new edition of with updated photographs!

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