This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org.
Fire Prevention Week 2019 is October 6 – 12th, are you learning about fire prevention in your classroom soon? Finding resources for early childhood education classrooms can be tricky. The good news is that The National Fire Protection Association has incredible free fire safety resources for parents and teachers. Did you know that you can download a free fire prevention curriculum in English or Spanish? I didn’t either! The curriculum includes five lessons that are developmentally appropriate for preschool, and if you teach older kids, there are separate curriculum packets for kindergarten, first, and second grade. It even includes music and videos is you want to incorporate technology into your lessons.
Preschool Fire Prevention Curriculum
For the preschool curriculum, the themes of the lessons are exactly what preschool-aged children need to learn about fire prevention; that firefighters are helpers, what to do when they hear a fire alarm, practice fire drills at home, stay away from hot things, and tell grown-ups if you see lighters or matches.
The actual lesson plans are specific, easy to follow, and best of all, they include printables. Teaching children about fire prevention is so simple with these resources. There are even family letters and take-home activities like this worksheet that is less about the activity and more about getting families talking about fire safety.
I can’t wait to use this sorting activity from the curriculum in my classroom tomorrow.
Understanding what is hot vs. cold is an essential skill for preschoolers and opens up conversations between children and their caregivers about fire safety in both the home and classroom.
Books For Fire Prevention Week
Along with these great lessons, you should also check out this list of excellent picture books about firefighters and firetrucks.