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Offline jharrisece

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Program planning
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:43:44 PM »
Just wondered if we could start a new topic that could run regularly to see what everyone is doing with their groups.  Maybe get new ideas, pass along a read-made plan for the day that someone else could use, etc.  It is fun to know what themes people are following too.

I will start with our daily program for this week (I have three preschool classes so M/T is the same, then W/Th and Fridays.)

Art: heart collage (tissue/metalic paper/printed paper - cut into hearts and collaged onto white cardstock)

Craft: Pink Valentine - pink construction paper heart, doily, crepe paper hearts, glitter glues, stickers.

Sensory: rice with red and pink plastic 'jewels' (Dollar store items that go into aquariums or vases) and mini red heart shaped 'jewels' (they love these! They only come out for Valentines.) 
           : grape (purple) scented playdough with heart shaped cookie cutters

Circle: Calendar (circle starter song / Special Helper / number of the day tracing / day of the week song / month song / any special news
         Story: Valentine Cats
         Songs: I Love You / Skinnamarink / I'm gonna wrap myself in paper
         Other: sign language: red/pink/Valentines/I love you - use in story and song
Phonics: Fun Family Phonics story for letter 'n' reviewed; show and tell for 'n'.  (my daughter brought everyone a candy necklace for 'n'.

Fine Motor: making necklaces; heart rubbings (sand paper heart cutouts glued onto a large piece of heavy cardboard and they place paper over top, use pink/red/purple crayons to colour and see the magic heart shape appear)

Listening Centre: Won't you be my Kissaroo?

Gross Motor: Brain Gym - Do the Dragon

Dramatic Play: pretty princess costumes

Blocks and Buildings: new Geo Trax train set

Writing/Cutting area: cutting hearts (paper folded in half, half a heart is copied on so they just follow the line to cut it out: colour a Valentine colour

Other: finishing printing assessments

Snack menu: Monday: cranberry/lemon loaf and milk
                  Tuesday: hummus, wheat crackers, fruit plate and water

Art / Craft / Phonics change three times a week and the rest are weekly activities.

Tues: Added taking care of babies to dramatic play today.  ('Caring' theme with Valentines)

Valentines Party is Wednesday/Thursday

                   Art: heart cookie cutter prints (red/purple/pink) on white cardstock.
                   Crafts: Valentines head band (cardstock strip with various heart sizes) - talk about small/medium/large hearts (extention from snowballs from last month - small/medium/large math activity, heart hunt) 
                           : Valentine mouse (heart shaped piece, googly eye, yarn and lollipop)
                           : Valentine fun foam picture frame   
                   Circle (as above plus) : Valentine Mice story
                                                 : heart hunt (small/medium/large felt hearts cut out and hit then the chidlren find and sort, count each size/colour)
                                                 : sort Valentines into holders; give out goodie bags, take home today

                   Other: Snack today is Valentine treats that everyone brings (cookies, cupcakes, fruit plate, jello jiglers, chips)     

                           : Continue to do '100 books read this week' chart with children; collect their bookmarks and check off their 5 books read; hand out free books to those participating.

                           : decorate cupcakes

Friday - Friendship Day

                  Art: Circle of Friends handprints

                  Craft: Friendship bug (Fun Foam craft)

                  Circle: (as above plus) Story: Best Friends Sleepover

                  Phonics:  start letter 'o' story
                  Other: finish up 100 books read chart
                          : Feb. book orders due in today
                          : finish up ASQ's and Nippissing for this month
                          : Snack: friendship fruit salad (every child brings a fruit and they will make fruit salad and I will add yogourt)

« Last Edit: February 14, 2008, 06:42:06 PM by jharrisece »

Offline spud

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Re: Program planning
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2008, 02:42:46 PM »
Super ideas Jen! I love your ideas!

Offline jharrisece

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Re: Program planning
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2008, 03:17:58 PM »
Well, thank you spud.  I absolutely LOVE program planning and when you have a small group you can really see what their interests and needs are, plan around that and they will have an optimum learning experience!  I also have an art/craft exchange group and we share ideas.  Between us we have 38 children (4 of us - I have 16 of the children but we just do 8 for each activity - -I don't want them to make double just for me!) so we each make 38 (well, I do 38 and they do 30) of the activity we are doing, divide them up into 8 (like a Christmas Cookie exchange but with childrens activities) so we all get 8 activities for each theme.  This month is Valentines and We Love our Pets.  It really is easier to make a large bunch of one activity and end up with 16 in total for the month. It is also more cost-effective.  I have done this for 9 years and we have people that come and go but we won't go back to doing it all on our own! 
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Offline spud

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Re: Program planning
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 11:39:52 AM »
Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia 37th annual conference: Entre deux mers/ Between two seas--Bridging children and communities
Where: Best Western Richmond Hotel and Convention Centre, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
When: 29 May 08 to 31 May 08 (all day events)
ECEBC, Canadian Child Care Federation and University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care jointly sponsor this annual conference.

International keynote presenters Janet Gonzalez Mena (US), Gunilla Dahlberg (Sweden), Helen May and Glenda MacNaughton (NZ) will speak to early childhood research, theory and practice, emerging issues, provocations and possibilities. Canadian perspectives (Carol Anne Wein, Pam Whitty) will be included to provide a truly sea to sea vision of early childhood care and education.


Related link: Event flyer in pdf


Offline jharrisece

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Re: Program planning
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008, 06:37:28 PM »
This is the year to go but when you are self-employed it is hard to get the time off!  I was saying at our last local ECEBC mtg. that if they had a group get together and travel down together, I would go.  I love to attend the conference but it has been 5 years since I last went.  I have been to two local ones instead.

Offline balsam

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Re: Program planning
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 06:49:13 PM »
great ideas
i think it works very well at day care


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