Evaluating lesson plans in preschool

I write a lot of lesson plans and I never know how well something will turn out until I see it in action. One of the best ways to evaluate lesson plans is to observe children in action. When evaluating lesson plans, some questions to ask yourself might include... Were the children interested in the activity? Did the stay engaged in the activity for an age appropriate length of time? Did the activity give children [...]

Infant lesson plan suggestions

My number one request for information is on how to write infant lesson plans so I thought I would share some tips as well as a lesson plan shared with me. Lesson plan template Click for MS Word Doc First of all, you want to start with a lesson plan form of some type. It doesn't have to be what you see here but this one may be helpful to use as a guide. Lesson [...]

By | October 6th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , |6 Comments

Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children's books. As I read through my collection of children's books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I seek out ways I might be able to build connections from the book to creative art, math, science, music, and [...]

Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children's books. As I read through my collection of children's books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I seek out ways I might be able to build connections from the book to creative art, math, science, music, and [...]

Organizing your daily lesson plan materials

This is a simple way to keep your daily lesson plans materials organized as you prepare for each week of school. Gather a nice sized basket (a lesson plan box). Make sure your lesson plan box is large enough to hold file folders and large children's books. Label a set of pocket folders with each day of the week and place them in your basket. In each pocket folder, place the games, flannel board pieces, songs, [...]

At play with baby: musical instruments

When baby Clara kicks the tambourine it goes "jingle, jingle!" When baby Clara kicks the maraca it goes "shake, shake!" The rhythm sticks go "tap, tap, tap!" "Jingle, jingle, shake, shake, tap, tap, tap!" I wander if Clara can go clap, clap, clap? See why reading to your baby is so important from Room to Grow: Making Early Childhood Count. Leave me a comment and I will respond right here:)

By | July 29th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , |11 Comments

At play with baby: There is a baby in the bucket

Three colorful buckets Clara goes inside the bucket Clara goes outside of the bucket Clara goes on top of the bucket Clara goes under the bucket Where's Clara? There she is! Clara goes behind the orange bucket Clara goes behind the yellow bucket Clara goes behind the blue bucket Infant Lesson Plan You can find the words and tune to There's a Hole in the Bucket here! Tune in next Thursday for more infant activities! [...]

By | July 15th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments