Saturday, November 20, 2010

An Enchanted Childhood~ Daycare: Week 11

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.

With us on vacation Thanksgiving week, we did our books and crafts celebrating the holiday this week.  Our two main books were Thanks for Thanksgiving and This First Thanksgiving Day.  The children enjoyed both books very much.

Tuesday-We continued with our "seasons" song and our "fall" song.  We read Thanks for Thanksgiving and talked about things we were thankful for.  It helps to tell them these are things they are happy to have.  I always love to hear their answers--mommy, daddy, toys, Bunny, a new baby...  For CreativeTime, we colored a paper plate, then glued feathers to it, as well as a beak and goggly eyes.

Wednesday--We read both books and made our traditional handprint turkeys--some of the moms keep these year after year and are able to see how much their baby has grown.


Thursday--We took a break from our regular activities and had a daycare birthday party!  The "theme" for the party was "Wild Things" so naturally we read Where the Wild Things Are.  We colored a wild thing for CreativeTime.  I lined the pictures up by the age of the artist.  It is interesting to see the developmental differences based on age and gender!

Top row-4. years 7 months (b),  just 3 years (b), and 2 years 9 months (g)
Bottom row-2 years, 9 months (b), 2 years, 4 months (b), 2 years, 3 months (g)

Friday--Our last day together before break.  We read This First Thanksgiving Day and talked about the 1st Thankgsgiving and Indians and Pilgrims.  The children water-color painted "feathers" and used markers to decorate a headband.


We are off next week for Thanksgiving.  We'll be back in two weeks with new preschool ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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