Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Enchanted Childhood~ Daycare: Week 9

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.

Monday--We only had two daycare children, so we got to relax a bit.  We stuck with our normal routine... because routine is sooo important to children, but we could "play" more and did some simple activities.

Tuesday--Election Day!!  We decided to do an impromptu lesson on Election Day and voting.  We explained about voting and then allowed them the chance to vote on some of their daily activities--which song to sing, what snack to eat....  We said the Pledge of Alligance and sang The Star Spangled Banner.  The children colored "posters" of the flag.

Wednesday--Our oldest/longest here daycare boy got his tonsils out today, so we spent CreativeTime making a "handprint" bouquet (or balloons lol) for him, as well as a card and a goodie bag.  Sad to say, I took no pictures of the adorable artwork.

Thursday--Since we had not been on "subject" all week, why start now?!?! We did our usual morning rountine (TableTime, CircleTime, Snack) and for CreativeTime, we made yummy spelling "pumpkin pie" playdoh. (made with our usual playdoh recipe just add in pumpkin pie spice as the scent.) There is nothing more cozy than kneading the warm, yummy smelling playdoh.

Friday--Finally. on Friday, we decided we should introduce our topic for this week and next--Birds.  During CircleTime, we used the woodland animal finger puppets (which includes a duck) to sing songs. We read Owl Lake and then made cute "shape" owls--using hearts, circles, and triangles.

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