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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.

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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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5 Steps to a Great Website!

 Your Website Just Can’t be Good It has to be Great!!~ Shama Kabani

 

I created my first website for my childcare business in 1999. The website provided basic information about my program including: the location, hours, rates and photos of my program. In fact, the website was free, but I didn’t get much business from the site. There were many reasons why this site did not work for me, however, I prefer to tell you about the site that did work for me.

In 2003, I registered the domain name www.learningdays.com  for $19.00. It was a great investment for my business and is still paying off. I also signed up for web hosting with www.samsclub.com for only $5.00 a month.

After setting up my site, I was clueless about how to create a site that would attract visitors. Over time, I learned how to add content, how to structure the site, make it a very informative site and most of all attract more families to enroll their children in my program.

For online marketing or website building tips, be sure to check our my a e-book titled, ” An Online Marketing Plan.” One of the resources that I quoted in the book includes a book written by Shama Kabani, titled: “The Zen of Social Marketing.”

The ebook is loaded with great social media marketing tips that will drive traffic to your business. In the second chapter of the  book Kabani wrote: ” Why Your Website Can’t Just Be Good- it has to be Great!” She also includes the five elements of a Great website and they are as follows:

1.Design-When a website looks great, it sends the impression that the company or product is great. Keep in mind that your website may be your first chance to make an impression upon your site visitors, so make it a great one!

2.Structure– Have you ever been to a website and didn’t know where to start or how to check out? While structuring or restructuring your website, be sure that your visitors can easily  navigate through your website.  A confused consumer may easily say no to your service or product.

3.Content-According to Shama Kabani, Content is King!  More over, it is the heart of your website. The first purpose of a blog or website is to educate and build expertise. A really great site offers content in the following forms: written articles, audio and video. This is a great way to meet the learning preferences of your site visitors.

4.Optimization-  is a marketing tool that allows any online user to get more clicks in their web copy writing efforts for their website by improving the search engine results in the Web. Moreover, make sure that search engines can read your website. This is a great way to attract website visitors from major search engines such as Google.

5.Maintenance Your website needs to be maintained the same way that we maintain our physical building. Content needs to be changed, design needs to be updated and items may need to be moved around. I suggest that a website be reviewed 2-3 times a week to track visitors with a scheduled monthly maintenance plan that includes:  website visitors feedback.

I hope that you have been inspired to create a great website that will attract visitor, turn them into consumers and eventually transform them into customers. I wish you much success with your website!

For more marketing tips, check out my Marketing 101 toolkit!

Source:

2010. Kabani, Shama. The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Pages, 21-22

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