Monday, January 30, 2012

Community (Helpers)

Firefighters, police, and a whole cast of "Community Helpers" join the pretend play of a brother and sister team in this sweet tale by author Christine Kole MacLean and illustrator Mike Reed. 
The little boy is far too busy doing "important" jobs to stop for a hug, but Mom insists that "Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms".

While there are many non-fiction books that give a lot of information about the different occupations within a community, this read aloud with it's warm illustrations is a great introduction for that discussion.
The theme of imaginative play is an important one. This type of play advances cognitive development and builds social skills. Unfortunately, it is becoming less prevalent for young children today thanks to technology and more "realistic" toys.

Dramatic Play Extension Idea:
Use household items as props to support imaginative play. You don't need to buy anything!
Follow your child's lead and be willing to turn the living room into a zoo or a hospital for an afternoon.
Build a simple fort/cave using the kitchen table and a big blanket. 
Have fun as your child explores new roles and be sure to get a big hug for a job well done.

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