Created by Amber Arnold
**We finally have snow!**
We have been having a great time with all of the December activities...but now we have snow!!
Decembers math Bingo game has been one of the favorites with the older children. We have played that several times. They enjoy playing two different ways. Of course the typical I WIN! 3 in a row...and then, who can fill up their card is always fun!!
K is for keys was fun we tried to find how many things needed a key to open or lock. Also two children's names begin with K. Kileigh and Kayla. That was exciting for them! That is a great way for them to learn letter recognition and learn their letters. That is their SPECIAL LETTER! :)
The recipe card holder was adorable. I actually had a parent text me a photo of her using it that night to make a banana shake!
Can you believe its DECEMBER?!?!
A busy time of the year for everyone no matter what Holiday you celebrate. I love that each month just about everything we need comes in the awesome box and is delivered by a well known brown truck! The children love opening up the box and going through everything seeing what they will get to do and take home. SOO much Red and Green this month!
We will cover the letter J, K and L. How exciting, We have two students with names that start with two of those letters. Its always fun when that happens. This time of the year also, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen cooking and baking. My group loves to cook year round so this is something they will love and also know something about already.
We have a new kitten in our group so Cayden the curious cat will also be a great fit. The Gingerbread Man story is one of my favorites and usually the children pick up on it quickly. I am excited to share that with my group this year.
We have a new friend joining us! I am proud to say that his family is very please with the work we have done using Funshine Express. They love the crafts and materials that he takes home to share with his family.
Paleontologist is a person who studies the history of animals that have lived long ago.
And because of Funshine Express my group (my 3.5 yr old) can recognize this word and knows this definition. That makes me one PROUD childcare provider and Momma!
We made Paleontologist tool belts and went on a dig to find fossils. A side note, while out to eat at Chili's their walls have "stone decor" on them and she told me a story about we need to go digging for fossils and stones. We needed to take the stones and cut them open to find diamonds inside of them. She amazes me everyday! A lot of this would not be if it were not for Funshine Express's Curriculum. I have the opportunity to teach these children great material each and everyday they are with me.
These kids are Diggin' these Dino games!
Along with going on a dino dig theres a game "DINO PATH".
The children and I built a dice that has different dino paw prints on it and they roll that to see which space they move to on the board. It's a great game to learn colors and matching. The color blue is a great color if you want to WIN! They really enjoyed playing this game. My group enjoys competition. It is also great that it is a short game so that it keeps their attention and it can be played several times with many children.
A really cute song that I enjoyed singing with the children was "I'm a Firefighter". It taught not only the simple idea that Firefighters put the fire out but also a few pieces of their equipment. It is sang to a familiar song they already knew, "I'm a little tea pot". Teaching fire safety is a big deal with little ones. It is important that they know the Fire Fighters are there to help them. The children's only job is to get out and stay out. I had a little girl who was heart broken that he house was going to be burnt and gone that is all he was worried about. Things are replaceable, people are not. Please make sure all your children know this!
The learning center game/Memory was an adorable game. It taught the matching skills of colors, matching and the concept of parent and baby dinosaur. This is a game that my little girl taught her father to play after work. She would bring it out on the dinner table after we ate. She thought the babies were just the cutest thing ever. The compassion the children show for the Dinosaurs to take "care" of their babies is amazing. Once they found the match they would place them side by side so they could "watch" them.
Thank you Funshine for such a great unit!
D is for Dinosaur and we we couldn't be happier!
This is going to be an amazing unit for these children. They LOVE dinosaurs! Before we begin the unit we open the box together and look at everything so that they know what to expect. I believe it helps them feel comfortable and able to help with the progress of each day's learning experience. They know quite a bit about Dinosaurs already so that will be helpful.
D is for Dinosaur letter craft was cute to add to our collection. That is one they will not forget. I have one mother who is making a book for her one year old so they can continue to review the letters. Great idea!!
Stephen the Safe Sea Turtle...he is one that I think will stick around just like Corey the Calm Cricket. This is an amazing learning technique that Funshine Express has in their curriculum.
The word wall words - PALENTOLOGIST
My 3 year old loved saying this word. She amazed her father with this. She knew what it was and how to say it. Everyday we would tell him about it when he got home from work. It would make both of their days complete. What a great way to make both of them feel amazing. After we review them once or twice the children like to become the teachers and teach me the words. Now that is how you know they KNOW the material.
The Math game- Matching the Dino bones up the the actual Dinosaur bodies. Half of the children could do this and half had some difficulty. One child had no issues with this game was able to show the other child how to do it. She actually would try and stop them when they would place it in the wrong spot. I had to explain to her that we would talk about it once they were done and show them the correct way once they were done. It was great to see her explain the reasons why they were wrong, then to explain why they should go onto the correct Dinosaurs. The thinking processes are amazing in 3 and 4 year old's little minds. With some patience and cooperation they can do great things!
We're Going on a Dinosaur Dig is a great book that children can memorize and feel that they can read to you. Which is what my 3 year old did. It is very similar to "We're going on a bear hunt". There are a few hand motions you can do to go along with the book to make it fun. This will be a favorite that they will go back to over and over again.
At the age of 3 & 4 they become very independent...or at least most do. This unit was a good taste of different options the children will come across with clothing. I know some children who wear jeans are having a hard time with the buttons. Once they learn about them and we practice they do not get as frustrated. Also, they recognize that the people around them have different kind of fasteners.
examples: Buttons, snaps, zippers, ties, clips, velcro and clasps.
These fasteners don't have to be only on clothing either they have multiple uses the children found throughout the house.
Along with the "Count on me" unit we have been covering ways of "BEE-ING" a good person. One of the crafts that showed this was the "BEE" your best flower.
The children were able to come up with friendly words that described themselves and their friends.
Examples: nice, friendly, strong, funny, smart, kind, honest, love (loving), "hugable", the best
It was a good time to see what the children thought of each other with out any guidance. Some of them had some not so nice words to say but that was okay because some times our friends do not always make us happy. We spent some time talking about that and how we can fix that and our feelings.
This craft was to represent a "zipper" and to allow the children to practice zipping up and down.
We also learned about the letter C. C is for cat, cow, cup, chocolate, candy and car.
This letter is sometimes a challenge. I say this because some children get confused with the C sound being a "K". With the help of the letter animal the children did great!
A is for ACTION!
~*~* COUNT ON ME*~*~
Now that we are back in the swing of things and have some extra work to keep us busy here are some things that these little cuties have spent some time creating.
Circle, Red, 1, A & B.
Celebrated Grandparents Day
(Yes, a little late but we didn't forget!)
We met Odelia- She is an outgoing Ostrich... I have many Odelia's in my little group of friends!
The September Math game- My two oldest little friends loved playing this game. Anything competitive they love. The difference in appearance of the characters was a great attribute. One of the children noticed this right away and wanted each child to be the person that they resembled. I think that it is important that multi-cultural diversity is included in daily curriculum.
Together we showed a letter A represented an Apple. They loved adding the seeds! I love doing this letter crafts with them. I believe it instills a visual for them. A, "ahh", Apple.
BUTTERFLIES are BEAUTIFUL!
The summer is over and school bells are ringing once again.
The summer fun has come to an end. It's sad to see some of our friends head off to school but we will still have many to grow, learn and play with!
I am excited to see what the new year has in store for us! I am continuing to use the Funshine Express Curriculum. It has been a great tool in the past. I find it very helpful with the mixed ages being a Family Childcare provider. It gives me all the tools I need. The parent seem to be happy with the progress their children have been making throughout the year also.
I am also happy to say that the weather has been excellent and we have been able to still spend a great deal of time outside!
I am going to be on "vacation" until the 12th. I will follow up with the children's amazing work!
Look, its me...& you!
These are little hand held mirrors the children made to be able to see themselves. They are mighty cute! Here they are showing the baby doll how cute she is.
THANK YOU FUNSHINE EXPRESS
"oooohh-oooooh ahhh ahhh!" said the monkey.
This was a cute craft that two of the children in my group got the chance to make. This week quite a few were out with an illness that had taken its toll through the daycare.
The children always love talking about monkeys. It could be as simple as they eat banana's or that they act like them. This craft was simple enough for them to make pretty much on their own. It showed the simple body parts of the monkey which they could relate to their own. They enjoyed making the spiral tail.
When they were getting picked up it was cute to see them show their parents. They acted like monkeys while dancing with their swinging monkey. Funshine Express has a great way or relating the crafts to the units. The children are able to relate to them. They usually are able to at least obtain one great unusual fact with each daily unit. That makes me proud.
We have completed the alphabet! Who would have guessed?!?
These fine young children are very proud of themselves and so am I.
This alphabet craft is mighty cute! We turned the letter Z into a fine looking zebra. They learned the patterns of the animal along with the body parts that they added themselves. We discussed where they could find zebras and if anyone has ever seen one. Lastly we watched a quick Youtube video about a zebra so they would be able to see one in real time.
They gave me feedback, They were very interested in learning about them and even asked if we could go and find some.