Themes, Projects, & Play
I'm always on the lookout for new resources and ideas. You can find some of them on my Pinterest.
With little ones, it can be fun and educational to go really deep or really broad on a subject. With that in mind, we'll have weekly, monthly, or seasonal themes (holidays, trees, animals, colors, etc.). For each, we'll read books, learn new words, compare and find similarities, explore to find physical objects, create and construct, taste and touch (as appropriate!), and ask loads of questions.
Below is a small sampling of some things I like to do with my daycare kids:
Word of the week
Have the kids choose next week's activities & menu
(from a prepared list)
Letter of the week
Pinecone hunt & crafts
Planting seeds & watching them grow
Sorting shapes, colors, animals, etc.
Sing & dance & laugh sesssions
(watching the cycle of the apple tree, collecting apples, washing them, and eating them!)
Painting family portraits
Visit the horses down the street