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Building a Dynamic Preschool Program Begins With The Curriculum

Bradley Russle 2Today I want to inspire you to create a dynamic preschool program. In fact,  I believe that a dynamic preschool program begins with the Curriculum. Furthermore, I have discovered that parents tend to choose child care program, based on their curriculum program.

Please allow me to use my Center as an example. In my Child Care Center, I pull ideas from several researched based Curriculum programs, including:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Reggio Emelio
  • Project Construct
  • High Scope
  • along with Biblical Principles from Abeka Curriculum

Moreover, our goal is to meet the developmental needs of the children and provide a high quality preschool program. Furthermore, I have found it to be so  boring to use one curriculum and this is why I pull principles from the curriculum programs listed above.

Furthermore,the principles that we implement in my center (from the curriculum programs listed above) have been proven to prepare our preschoolers for school success!
I am in no way endorsing any of the curriculum programs above, however, I am encouraging you to take a closer look at your Curriculum and consider getting new ideas for your Child Care or Preschool Program.

Also, it is vital that you pick and Implement a curriculum model that fits into the mission of your childcare program.

Curriculum is not only about learning the alphabet and numbers; however, Curriculum is what you do from the time that the kids arrive until they go home.

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Here are 5 Easy Ways to Create a Dynamic Preschool Curriculum Program:

1. Start by Creating a brochure that describe your Curriculum in an overview format: Monthly themes, the letter, shape, color of the month, character development topic, social skills focus, etc) By reviewing the researched based curriculum programs above, you will gain some ideas for your brochure.

2. Set-up enriching learning centers in your classrooms.

3. Create a Daily Schedule

4. Require that your staff complete and post lesson plans. (based them on the curriculum theme and developmental needs of the children)

5. Create a System that tracks and assesses the development of the children in your program.

If you don’t have the time to develop your very own curriculum; I have done the work for you in my Curriculum Club.  My Curriculum club derived from my 15 years of writing lesson plans and implementing research based curriculum in my program. Check it out Today! (click here)

Shiketa

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10 Fun and Enriching Fall Curriculum Theme Ideas!

A Theme idea for every week in the Fall”

Are you in the process of planning your curriculum topics for the fall? Don’t know where to start? Let’s start with selecting your themes!

Having a theme based curriculum is a great way to encourage the children to really get involved in the learning activities. In fact, having a theme helps to make the planning process much easier. Moreover, Fall is approximately 12- weeks long and in this blog post, you will find a theme idea for every week of the fall season.

Moreover, I have implemented a theme based curriculum for about 11 years and I have discovered that children love to have fun while learning,  especially if there is a fun educational theme.

Before I share the following theme ideas with you, I want to share this with you……Your Curriculum theme should be visible in your learning environment and this includes the: block, reading, science, dramatic play, music sensory and manipulative areas/centers.

If your home daycare does not have centers, I suggest that you discover how to create centers in the Family Home Child Care Empowerment Club! The first week is free and introduces you to centers. Join now!

Center Owners- The themes below are a great way to enhance your curriculum theme and also provide your teachers with some new theme ideas.

Now that we have that covered that, let’s take a look at some great fall theme ideas:

1. Apples

2. My School

3. Fall

4. School bus

5.Turkeys

6. Pumpkins

7. Fire-fighters (October)

8. Thanksgiving

9. Scare crows

10. Spiders

11. Grandparents (September)

12. Owls

Here is a list of online resources for fall theme ideas:

Fall Themes on Pinterest

A-to-Z Teacher Stuff

Education Place

Here are some Fun Fall Event ideas:

  • Hold a fall open house and provide the families with fun apple related activities
  • Invite the grandparents to eat breakfast with their grandchildren
  • Go apple picking
  • Go to a Pumpkin Farm
  • Host a Thanks Giving Dinner
  • Invite the local fire fighters to come to your home or facility to talk to the kids about fire safety
  • Give-away candy on Halloween

Heart-to- Heart Child Care Shares…..the following Fall activity ideas:

  • Apple stamps
  • Leaf rubbing
  • Nature walks!

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Be sure to Join the Child Care Business Discussion and follow the blog post on Facebook!  I look forward to reading your thoughts about  this blog post. Also, feel free to share more theme ideas. Thanks for all that you do for young children!

With Your Curriculum in Mind,

Shiketa

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