Created by Amber Arnold
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.
Peek-a Boo! Who's there? Just me!
While discussing squares and what flowers and plants need to grow we also covered what other little things we can find in our gardens.
There may also be some little creatures. Many different bugs live in gardens. Some are good and some are not. Some are known as pests. Those are ones that we do not want in our garden. They hurt our beautiful plants.
This craft we made the front white flap is a drawing of our garden. underneath is a punch-out of a bug that each child picked. There were several different ones. The one that the child picked they glued underneath. Once they picked up the white paper they would find the bug underneath. This would resemble "under ground".
I thought this was a great representation of how just because you do not see it right away on the surface does not mean it is not there. It shows for many different situations, to be careful. Some bugs may be dangerous. Working in the garden you may want to wear gloves.
Great job Funshine Express!
Happy Arbor Day!