Goal & Objectives
1. Beginning understanding and appreciation of work, jobs, and occupations.
1. Learn about specific jobs and occupations in the home and community.
2. Appreciate the people in the child’s life that work to help them grow and learn.
3. Learn to do specific age-appropriate chores to help their family.
For an introduction and to see how this post fits in the complete list of preschool lesson ideas, please see my post: Preschool Lesson Ideas For Homeschool – Plans For The Year. If you are so inclined and your child would enjoy it, consider compiling your child’s work and making a lapbook, book or portfolio at end of each month. You can also just keep it in a file folder!
Below are ideas and links to materials, resources, and tutorials for “Work & Occupations” lesson ideas. Please pick and choose the resources that fit the interests of your child(ren). My schedule calls for combining this lesson with the Thanksgiving Lesson and the Joshua and Ruth Bible stories.
An important note before considering a curriculum for preschoolers: sometimes just the act of making a plan creates pressure to complete it, no matter what. But researchers – and lots of Moms – emphasize that very young children learn best by playing. So don’t worry if your lesson plans are thrown out the window some days! (Save your materials for kindergarten next year if you don’t get to them this year.)
Arts & Crafts
- Jobs Mini-Books (Printable)
- Who Works In Our Community? (Printable Craft/Sorting Activity)
- Community Helper Paper Dolls and Miniature Traffic Signs For Toy Cars (Printable Crafts)
- Carpenter Tool Belt (Printable Craft)
- Tools Coloring Page (Printable)
- Doctor Kit Craft #1
- Doctor Kit Craft #2
- Chef’s Hat Craft
- Five Firefighters Handprint Craft
- Mailbox Craft
- Kids Activities – Occupations (Pinterest Board – lots of great ideas)
- Pages from Preschool Color & Activity Book by Roger Priddy: Work and occupations theme
- Craft pages from Arts and Crafts with Amber Lamb and/or Child Art for 3s: Work and occupations theme *
Reading & Writing Exercises **
- People At Work Tracing/Coloring Sheets (Printable)
- Fireman Trace and Color Pages (Printable)
- Word Families Mini Books (Printable)
- When I Grow Up Matching Cards
- Tool Grid Counting Game (Printable – scroll down to bottom of page for the tool-themed grid)
- Pages from Numbers & Skills With Button Bear: Theme – work and occupations *
- Shapes Mini-Books (Printable)
- Homemade Periscope (Be a submarine captain, soldier, or spy)
- Listen to heartbeat and lungs with a stethoscope (Be a doctor or nurse)
- Fingerprints and Magnifying Glass Activity (Be a police officer)
- Visit a workplace of a spouse, relative or friend
- Visit a fire station, post office, or farm
Social Studies Activity
Sit with your preschoolers and ask them to tell you all the jobs and types of workers they can think of. Make a list as they are talking on a poster, whiteboard, chalkboard, or sheet of paper. Give prompts if they need them. (Your kids’ lists will be fun to look at 20 years from now!)
Extended Activity: Help your kids cut out pictures of people working and in uniform from magazines and catalogs. Make a collage on poster board or a book and label each worker. Kids love cutting and pasting!
Talking points (stop when your kids get bored):
- Remind them that not all people who work are paid (for example Mommies and Daddies who do housework, volunteers at local charities and churches, etc.)
- Ask them which jobs seem the most fun and the least fun.
- Talk about the education required to perform the different jobs (college, military training, vocational school, high school, etc.)
- Talk about how all work can be rewarding if it is done with a good attitude. (Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. You know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward. You serve the Lord Christ.” CEB)
Additional Social Studies Activities
- Community Helper Felt Board Game
- Chore Chart for Preschoolers (Printable)
- 5 Chore Charts for Preschoolers (Printables)
- Create a Post Office Play Station and/or Mail Carrier Unit
- Make a card for a relative, friend, or missionary. Show your children how to address the envelope; let them put the return address labels and stamps on the envelope. Take them to an actual post office and let them mail their own letters.
- Play “restaurant” with play food and dishes or a simple snack. Take turns being the waiter/waitress, cook, and customer. Talk about what to do in different situations, such as “my food is cold,” “this isn’t what I ordered,” etc. Emphasize the importance of treating others kindly and politely in inconvenient or difficult situations.
- Play with your child at a train table and talk about the different jobs necessary to run a railroad.
- Ask your relatives or friends who you see regularly to talk about their jobs (current or previous) with your child.
- When running errands, talk about work and jobs with your child. You can relate working at a job to earning a living and to spending money in the store on food, clothes, toys, etc.
Reading & History
- Bible: Joshua (Jesus Calling Bible Storybook: p 78 – 81)
- Bible: Joshua (Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: p 129 – 148)
- Bible: Ruth & Naomi (Jesus Calling Bible Storybook: p 88 – 91)
- Bible: Ruth & Naomi (Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: p 171 – 176)
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
- Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks
- Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?
- The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
* A Beka updates these books occasionally so I am not including page numbers or specific descriptions.
** I suggest allowing your child to do as few or as many of these worksheets as they like.
*** Egermeier’s Bible Story Book is wonderful for children who can listen to a story while they color, and do not need a lot of pictures in the book to keep them interested.
Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! I hope these plans help you with your preschool year. Please feel free to comment below with your own ideas!
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Copyright 2013 Kathryn Depew
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