The Nurturing Nest
Family Child Care and Preschool
September's Theme - All About Me|
Week 1 - Body Parts
As young children learn to identify body parts and the many ways to use them, they will experience cognitive, physical and language-enriching processes. Young children learn through sensory discovery, which happens by moving through and experiencing the world. As a child moves, he becomes more and more aware of the things he can do, see and explore. Our bodies are our tool kits for discovery. As young chileren build an appreciation for their bodies, they gain confidence, which motivates them to take learning risks. Nurturing children's understanding of the self encourages them to grow up with a desire to keep their bodies strong, healthy and safe.
Letter: Bb, Phonic Words: ball & bird, Basic Concepts: circle, blue, & kindness
|All About Me
||Hands & Feet
Week 2 - Five Senses
Children process and retain information when they actively engage in multiple senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Discovering through sight can help build skills, such as literacy, patterning and observation of the world around them. Discovering through hearing allows children to begin to distinguish different sounds and also helps strengthen their listening skills. When children explore their senses of taste and smell, they understand their own preferences and explore new ones. Discovering through touch allows children to investigate new textures and practice using their hands gently with others. Not only do our five senses help children make connections, they are also fun!
Letter: Aa, Phonic Words: apple & alligator
Week 3 - Clothing
The simple investigation of clothing invites children to build confidence with self-help skills, from independently choosing what to wear to putting on and taking off coats, shoes and shirts. Additionally, the child works on fine motor skills while manipulating buttons and shoelaces. They will discover that clothing has many different purposes, like keeping us warm or protecting our fragile body parts. Learning about clothing also opens the door to exploring cultural preferences and traditions. Throughout this week-long investigation of clothing, children will build their vocabulary, strengthen motor skills and explore how they use clothing in their everyday routines.
Letter: Hh, Phonic Words: hat & horse
||Shoes & Socks
Week 4 - Staying Healthy
A preschool classroom is a great place to start practicing friendly traits such as cooperation. Social-emotional skills like cooperation are like any other skill: they must be practiced and learned. When practiced early on, children can learn to navigate through a variety of situations in their daily lives. This may include sharing toys with others or following a simple one-step direction. To be able to cooperate, children must develop communication and listening skills. These skills take time to build, but with continual practice children can demonstrate traits such as caring for others and being helpful. Teachers can facilitate social-emotional development by providing opportunities to work together and solve problems during planned activities as well as in-the-moment situations.
Letter Review: Aa, Bb, & Hh, Phonic Words Review: apple, alligator, ball, bird, hat, & horse, Basic Concepts Review: circle, blue, & kindness
||Protecting Your Body
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