Story Time

Community Helpers
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler • Pre-school
Red light, green light, mama and me by:Cari Best
After taking the train downtown, Lizzie spends the day at the public library, helping her mother who is a children's librarian.
Poinsettia and the firefighters by:Felicia Bond
Lonely and afraid of the dark in her new room, Poinsettia Pig is comforted when she discovers that the fire fighters are awake and keep watch during the night.
The little fireman by:Margaret Wise Brown
The great big tall fireman and the little fireman, whose firehouses are right next door to each other, each find a fire which is the right size for them to fight.
My apron : a story from my childhood by:Eric Carle
A child helps Uncle Adam plaster the chimney.
I got community by: Melrose Cooper
A young girl describes, in rhyming verse, how members of her community make her feel loved.
A carpenter by:Douglas Florian
A simple description of what a carpenter does in his daily work.
Whose hat? by:Margaret Miller
Presents color photographs of hats that represent various occupations including a chef's cap, construction worker's helmet, magician's hat, and a fireman's hat.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by:Peggy Rathmann
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Curious George at the fire station by:Margret Rey and Alan J. Shalleck
Curious George sets off a false alarm while visiting the fire station but redeems himself by rescuing a Dalmatian puppy.
Fire engines by:Anne Rockwell
Describes the parts of a fire engine and how fire fighters use them to fight fires.
Fire fighters by:Norma Simon
Describes the vehicles, equipment, and procedures used by fire fighters.
Community Helpers

Recite each verse and have children take turns telling about each job and how doing it benefits others.
What Do You Do?
Teacher, Teacher,
What do you do?
I teach you reading
And writing, too.

Doctor, Doctor,
What do you do?
I help when you're sick
With a cold or the flu.

Counselor, Counselor,
What do you do?
I help you with problems
And I care about you.

Firefighter, Firefighter,
What do you do?
I help fight fires
That might hurt you.

Officer, Officer,
What do you do?
I help you stay safe
In all that you do.

Dentist, Dentist,
What do you do?
I clean your teeth
And keep your gums healthy, too.

Children, Children,
What will you do?
When you grow up,
Which job is for you?
Hurry Hurry Fire Truck

Hurry, hurry drive the fire truck, (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (1ean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder....(climb the ladder)
Slowly, slowly, back to the fire station.... (lean slowly to the left and
to the right)
The People in Your Neighborhood
A song from Sesame Street

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
In your neighborhood.
Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood,
The people that you meet each day.
Oh, the fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, in your neighborhood.
The Fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
A person that you meet each day.

Add verses with other people in the neighborhood; grocer, mail carrier, shoemaker etc.

The carpenter's hammer goes knock, knock, knock,
And his saw goes see, saw, see,
He planes and measures
He hammers and he saws
While he build something for me.
~Fire Painting~
Place large drop of yellow orange and red paints onto a sheet of black construction paper. Place them close to or on top of each other. The child uses a straw to blow the drops of paint upwards. The effect- fiery flames. I have used these flames to create fire safety posters with older children.