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    I would suggest for 4 yr olds keep it to figures they are most familiar with: teacher, bus driver, lunchlady, policeman, fireman, postman. You can have a little booklet made up with one page for each figure. Have a "teacher" figure and "My teacher's name is", A picture of a bus to color and repeat the same line with "bus driver". The lunchlady could be portrayed by a chef figure with a similar phrase. Use colorable pix for the policeman, fireman & postman with captions such as "The policeman is our friend. Firefighters help put out fires. The postman delivers our mail." Each day/week (however you do it) can focus on one person & you can set up activity/play areas that fit: a play school, cook food, driving a bus (a row of chairs), writing centers w/envelopes that can be "mailed" into a child's cubby, etc. We have had a fireman visit our classroom and we have visited the post office as part of our units. For snack we made "fire hoses" by stringing plain cheerios onto yarn & then eating them. We also made fire trucks by frosting graham crackers w/red frosting, using a piece of licorce whip for a hose (or ladder) across it & mini Oreo cookies for wheels. Hope these ideas get you strated!

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