As part of this week's "Community Helpers" Social Studies unit, PreK students from The Dougherty Center for Early Learning at Greenwich Catholic School participated in hands-on activities related to the fields of animal care and construction.
“A community is more than just a location,” commented PreK 3 teacher, Mrs. Maria Fata. “In PreK, we want to teach the children that community means having a connection with people.”
A visit from Dr. Cheryl Gross, VMD, included a "mock veterinary appointment" where students heard about how veterinarians examine, diagnose and treat various pets and animals. The children learned how to use a stethoscope, and talked about how they take care of their own pets.
The construction vehicles from A. Vitti Construction created an on-campus "Touch A Truck" opportunity for the students. After hearing about how the vehicles help at construction sites, the children spent time climbing into the driver's seats of the tractor trailer and dump trucks, and had fun sounding the horns.
“Activities like this help the children see that a person can be a Mommy and a Doctor,” continued Mrs. Fata. “They start to understand that people play important jobs in taking care of others and can help make the world a better and kinder place.”
Special thanks to Dr. Cheryl Gross, VMD and the Vitti Family for helping to arrange these unique activities for our PreK students.