Saturday, October 23, 2010

An Enchanted Childhood~ Daycare: Week 7

We have been asked many times to write up our "lesson plans" so others could use them.  Honestly, we just spend a little time thinking about how we want the "school year" to look and go from there.  We wing-it a lot, doing impromptu things that add to our plans.  I am always amazed that anyone would think what we do is worthy of writing down for others to read, but here it goes!

This year, we are doing "Childhood Classics"--reading great children's books--you know, the kind every child should get to know, and then doing little activities to go with it.

This week, our book was Where the Wild Things Are.  We have read this book many times in the past and it is one of the childrens' favorites.  It is fun to read this book right before starting our Halloween fun.

Monday--We used our monster finger puppets to sing "Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed"!!  We read Where the Wild Things Are and then headed to the kitchen for CreativeTime.  Using watercolors, the children painted their own monsters.  When they had finished, we glued googly eyes on them!

And... while the goggly eyes were setting out, Hannah couldn't help but make monsters out of the children...

 even little Bunny!!!

Tuesday--We again used our finger puppets (bought off etsy).  We read Where the Wild Things Are and noted that when Max was made King of the Wild Things, he wore a crown.  During CreativeTime, the children made their own crowns--using the rock crayons to color them, then monster ink stamps and stickers (bought last year at Target for 75% off!) to decorate them.  Before NapTime, we read Hungry Monsters ABC.

 Wednesday--Again, we read Where the Wild Things Are (actually read it twice--they love it that much).  And like always we roared our terrible roars, gnashed our terrible teeth, rolled our terrible eyes (though some of children rolled their heads instead haha), and showed our terrible claws.  And then we headed off the CreativeTime where the children made their own Wild Things masks--paper plates, colored with markers, yellow circles glued on for eyes, feathers, foam horns and teeth... very scary stuff!!

Thursday--We took a day off from "projects" and just enjoyed playing with some good ole' homemade playdoh (the lavendar kind)!  We then headed outside for another hour long nature walk and then headed to Poppaw John's garden to pick some green peppers and feed the chickens.  We did read our book, Where the Wild Things Are before NapTime.

Friday--We finished up our "Wild Things" weeks by singing "Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed" while using the monster finger puppets.  We read Where the Wild Things Are yet again, being sure to practice roaring, gnashing teeth, rolling eyes, and showing our terrible claws!  For CreativeTime, we made Wild Things using a stuffed paper bag, colored with markers and decorated with googly eyes, yarn hair, pompom noses, foam horns and teeth, and feathers.


  1. love you girl's creativity! You really could make it into a booklet to sell and supplement your family finances :o)

  2. What fantastic ideas, thanks for sharing