An Enchanted Childhood~ Daycare: January 10th-14th
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 we continued with our Goodnight Moon book study. In the book, it says "and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon". After re-reading the book and showing them the "cow jumping over the moon", I turned to a Mother Goose book and read "Hey Diddle Diddle". The children were rather amazed to see the "cow jumping over the moon" in that book too! We then colored a cow, painted a moon, and glued them to construction paper. The following day we colored a coloring page of "Hey Diddle Diddle".
We decided to take a day break from our "study" and enjoy the foot of snow... inside (I am not up to taking several toddlers, a couple of preschoolers, and babies outside in this weather. But we can bring the snow inside--in trays to play with!) After playing for a while, we made a yummy treat--snow ice cream! It was delicious. And then we had to follow up our snow play with hot cocoa.. with whipped cream. The children loved the special treats! A recipe similar to what we did can be found here: Snow Ice Cream.
Later in the week, we did an little art project. We talked about the various phases of the moon and then each child painted four moons. They were surprised to hear that the "moon that looks like a banana" was called a cresent moon!