Saturday, February 5, 2011

An Enchanted Childhood~ Daycare: January 31st-February 4th

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, February arrived with the hope that in a few weeks the weather will begin to look toward spring!  We read the book Owl Moon, a long time favorite, as a transition book from our study of moons, in January, to owls, nocturnal animals, and next week: winter.  We made owl masks on Monday and painted owls on Tuesday.

Wednesday was Groundhog Day.  We talked about shadows, hibernating animals, and of course, groundhogs.  We then made "pop up groundhogs" and had groundhog cupcakes for snack.  We read the winter parts of a book we had read this past summer, How Groundhog's Garden Grew

Thursday and Friday, we read a new book, Good-Night, Owl, a very sweet book about an owl who just wanted to get some sleep... in the daytime, in a tree full of noisy awake birds!  The children loved it!  We made a paper of nocturnal animals and a great handprint owl.

Monkey and Bunny!

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