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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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With Your Curriculum in Mind,

Shiketa

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Do You Use Worksheets In Your Child Care Program?

As I was preparing for an upcoming training with my new staff members, I was searching the internet for ditto sheets.

I was not looking for the ditto sheets to be used in my child care program, however, I was looking for samples of ditto sheets to use in a hands-on-training with my new staff members.

Furthermore, as I was looking for sample ditto sheets, I came across a great website titled: Pre-K pages.com.

On the website, there was an article titled: Teaching Without Worksheets!

Moreover, I thought the article was very insightful and gave clear reasons why teachers should re consider using work sheets in their classrooms.

I have not used work sheets in over 13 years in my preschool classrooms and the article above, reassured me that I made the right decision.

I want to encourage you to take a moment to visit the website, because it is loaded with a wealth of teaching resources and I thought this would be a great resource for Home providers and Center Staff!

Check it out today!! Click here

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Shiketa Morgan

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