It’s All About Me!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It’s All About Me!

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We started off Goofy's Kindergarten Social Studies the way most kids in public schools do, through expanding horizons.
My Family Tree - fun ideas for kids learning about themselves, their families, community in an Expanding Horizons social studies unit in Preschool, Prek, Kindergarten, or First Grade

Expanding Horizons Kindergarten Social Studies for Homeschoolers   

Expanding Horizons basically means kids are first introduced to Social Studies through the familiar and the close at hand, initially studying their home, family, neighborhood, and then community. (I think this would also be a wonderful, fun study for Preschool.) We completed It's All About Me Project to help Goofy better understand how he can live in all those different places at the same time. Expanding Horizons - my room

All about Me for KindergartnersExpanding Horizons - All About Me

Dr. Seuss All About Me book

  • He drew pictures of himself, his family, his birthday party, his house, and his friends. 
  • He wrote his name, age, address, favorites, and phone number. 
  • We made his fingerprints & talked about how no one else has ones like his - God made him special & unique. But God knows everything about him - even the number of hairs on his cute little head (Luke 12:7)


We read books suggested by Social Studies Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach. These are both excellent resources. I love how People introduces that people look different, dress differently, live in different homes, and have different preferences - WONDERFUL! Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl is a wonderful look at a day in this Pilgrim girl’s life. Wonderful pictures and simple text really help you to see what life was like for her.
Beautiful pictures & simple story telling what a typical day was for this Pilgrim girl.   Wonderful introduction to different people, their homes, they customes, and preferences.

All About My Family for Kindergartners

Expanding Horizons Family Tree
  • We talked about how we have a nuclear & extended family. We looked through our picture books, talked about our family, and….
  • AWESOME art resource that doesn't make a mess everywhere!We made a family tree. We went back to his Great-Great Grandparents (1867). We used Bingo Markers to make the leaves. (These are a fun, versatile tool that enhance the art experience. )Expanding Horizons
  • We talked about the importance of family. How God created families. (Deut 5:16, Prov 1:8, Col 3:20, Gen 1:27-28, Eph 5:23, and with the example of Jesus who was also born into a family)
  • We read books suggested by Social Studies Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach. I really liked Always Gramma that tells a sweet story about a granddaughter who teachers her Gramma how to read.
Girls teaches her Gramma to read

All about my Neighborhood for Kindergartners

Goofy drew our streetWe took a walk through our neighborhood & talked about what made a neighborhood. We read about Mabel's neighborhood in Miss Mabel's Table. We mapped our neighborhood
We had a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
We read books on neighborhood – Don't miss Where Do I Live? that shows the expanding horizons up through the milk way galaxy. Another good one is In Coal Country that tells the story of a community of coal miners – very interesting!

 
Expanding horizons from room all th way to the Milkway Galaxy! Wonderful resources for teaching expanding horizons! ***Story of a community of coal workers*** Woman who works to make her community more beautiful
 

All About my Community for Kindergartners

  • Made a list of what is in our community / cityGoofy & Tinkerbell at Truck Show
  • Made an Errand List to do in our community (i.e. mail a letter, buy milk, get gas for the car, get a haircut, take sister to ballet lessons, get a book from the library, go to the doctor, put money in savings)
  • Used dress-ups & puppets to role play community helpers.
  • Did Who Can Help worksheet (cutting, pasting practice)
Goofy getting a demonstration from a Paramedic

Expanding Horizons Field Trips for Homeschooolers


  • Met Paramedic & explored Ambulance
  • Met Garbage Collector & Explored Garbage Truck
  • Met Snow plow driver & Explored Plow
  • Met Police Officer & sat in Police Car
  • Met Firefighter & explored Fire truck
  • Met Mail Carrier & saw inside of USPS & UPS truck
  • Explored various Farming Vehicles
  • Explored various helper trucks: tree cutter, apple picker, steam roller, dump truck, etc.
Firefighter letter 9-11 001Firefighter letter 9-11 002
  • Wrote Firefighters a letter (and got a letter & goodies back from the Fire Chief!! It was VERY exciting)
  • Graphed favorite city parks (click to see post with more details)
  • Read Books about Community & Community Helpers

My Favorites  - worth buying!

Check these out from your local library:

DVD's to check out:

Preschool crowd favorite Elmo visits a real firehouse - education & fun Learn about trains Curious George learns about various jobs (library) Curious George learns about various jobs (doctor+)
Plus we worked on Spanish Vocabulary for Me, My Family, My Neighborhood, My Community, and Community Helpers.  You are welcome to download the 3 sheets of vocabulary & the vocabulary practice sheet by clicking on the image below. It is for your personal use. Feel free to share my site with anyone you like, but please don’t link them directly to the download. Thanks! Free Download - Expanding Horizons Spanish Vocabulary Hope the resources & ideas are helpful! I figure why reinvent the wheel, right?!


1 comment:

  1. Fabulous unit! We did this in preschool & even with my 1st graders. I really like all your ideas & the way you included field trips and meeting the community workers! How fun!!!!

    Thanks for sharing on last week's Sunday Showcase. I hope to see you share more of your fun ideas this week.

    Bern
    http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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