E is for Emergency {preschool and 1st grade} - Fire Saftey Week

Emma and Connor spent a few weeks on Hubbard's Cupboard's Ee is for Emergency, because I felt the theme to be one of great importance.  (and for Emma I just added Connor's old crafty ABC's for added phonetic awareness and play).

Of course, true to our regular habits, we had many different books to go with our theme.

My highest recommendation out of the lot would be No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E Pendziwol (I'm in love with this book series!).  This book actually made me choke up. (which isn't all that hard for this over-emotional gal).  "Don't go back for anything!  we can get another bear but we can't get another you!"    Ugh.  Just the thought.  Anywho.  It's a super cute book for kids dragons that walks them through the dos/don'ts of a fire.  And as a bonus, teaches them that it isn't the best choice to invite your friend, Dragon, for tea. 

Emma's highest recommendation would be Poinsettia and the Firefighters by Felicia Bond.  She just adored this book and requested it to be read often, and if we weren't available to read it for the 135,789th time then she would sit on her own and recite it.  (pictured above, right).  She seemed to really relate to it.  Scary and dark room, all alone.  Spooky noises keeping you awake.  And then Poinsettia gets to be the heroine (not to be confused with heroin).

Her (and my) second favorite of the week would be Five Little Firefighters by Tom Graham.  It's short and lots of Onomatopoeia.

Of course this all spurred lots of talk on what we would do in a fire/where we would go, and of course, lots of role play ... aka crawling around on our hands and knees "under the smoke".

There was also plenty of neighborhood watch going on (upper left of the picture below) - and, how cool is it that our neighborhood fire station had an open house!  Connor had to go dressed as a firefighter, no surprise there.  :)

It was so awesome there.  They had a trailer for the kids to go into and climb out of their "bedroom".  A rock climbing wall .. which is unrelated to fire or fire safety, but was still cool to have there.  There was this car with huge stuffed animals that they rotated to show the necessity of seat belts.  And many more activities and things to see.  It was a perfect, and crowded, outing.

Back at home we played with our emergency vehicle toys.

The helicopter rescue made some vital trips back and forth from 'house' to 'hospital' and saved the mini erasers.  It was a close call for all patients involved.

The firetruck and Emma had plenty of heart-to-heart talks.  I looked outside one day and Emma was on the patio all alone, talking to her friend, Truck.

Emma loved the printables.  The bottom two we laminated to use over and over again. {link to the printables are down further}

Connor (1st grade) used the firetruck and numbers to sort even/odd.

Another book we read was, Impatient Pamela Calls 9-1-1 (Impatient Pamela series).  On his own, he thought to make his own book.  He loves to do this - dictate as I write or type for him, then he will illustrate.  The Pamela book version was a bit outdated on the technology side - but Connor didn't seem to notice at all.

For our Human Body project we've been working on, we focused on muscles, because firefighters have muscles.  lol.  There's this amazing app, The Human Body, that we used to learn about muscles. (linked below)

Don't forget that Firefighters need regular check-ups.

Crafty ABC's at Totally Tots
Firemen Printable Pack from Homeschool Creations
Firefighter Reader Printable from So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler
Police Lapbook from Homeschool Creations

Fireman Books and Toys we used and love:

Fireman Related apps we used and love:

1 comment:

  1. You all had such a full week!! Love all the activities you were able to do. :)


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