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PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
Please note My Lesson plans all follow my philosophy of early childhood. I was a Preschool & Kindergarten teacher before becoming a mother, and  my educational philosophy for Early Childhood l is very simple:

1.  Read to them
Fill your house with books about things they love, and they will grow to love books! In the below lessons, I have compiled our book lists and the simple activities we did with each study.  We checked out every picture books on whatever subject we were "studying" from out library.

Please note, if your child is looking through a book's pictures without you reading the words, they are still learning!  We are teaching them books are a source of finding new information. This is the time to teach them a love of books; pop up books, fuzzy books, silly books, books about their favorite trucks or animal, etc.   Creating a Print Rich Environment for your Preschooler is also a fun way to teach them the importance of words.

2. Let Them Play
Brain Growth happens during play.  Preschoolers MUST act out what they are learning to incorporate into their learning schema.  Our kids understand their family of origin by "playing house", and they understand the process of making food but making mud pies. LET THEM PLAY!

You can gently aid in this play by incorporating field trips and props.  Visit a restaurant, then put blank paper pads and pencils in their play kitchen for them to "take orders".  Children still concrete learners until they are  well into 4th grade, they do not understand metaphor or abstract ideas. Preschoolers can understand things they can touch and see.  

 Community Helpers Unit
The following lessons are ones I taught when my boys were older preschoolers, but they can be used a lower elementary multi-aged classroom, from preschool to 2nd grade.  The time we spent on each occupation varied by the boys' interest, some were done in a week and some we spend 3 weeks on (see Garbage Collectors)
Each post includes a large picture book basket list,  field trip ideas, a few learning centers, and some simple art activities.

  1. Introduction to Community Helpers; Our Neighborhood
  2. Farmers- In the Field
  3.  Farmers- In the Orchard
  4. Dairy Farmers
  5. Fire Fighters
  6. Garbage Collectors
  7. Nurses and Doctors 

Tree Study Unit:

The following lessons are ones I taught in a Kindergarten-1st grade class at my homeschool co-op, but can be used a lower elementary multi-aged classroom, from preschool to 2nd grade. Each includes a book, a large group activity, and a very simple art activity.
  1. Tree Study Book List
  2. Tree Roots 
  3. Winter Trees 
  4. Tree Rings, inside a tree trunk 
  5. Spring Blossoms
  6. Balloon trees:  Uses for a Tree

Animal and Science Lesson Plans: 
The following lessons are ones I taught in a Kindergarten-1st grade class at my homeschool co-op, but can be used a lower elementary multi-aged classroom, from preschool to 2nd grade. Each includes a book, a large group activity, and a very simple art activity.

Holiday Family Lessons





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