Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lesson Plan Review for Week of Nov. 5

This week was fun, but not quite what we expected. On Monday the kids used the sensory table to wash the shaving cream off their hands. After the table was full of shaving-creamed water no one wanted to play with it. Our aquaphiles ended up back at the sink. On Wednesday we added droppers with liquid watercolor to the shaving cream table, which was a huge hit. We put a bucket of water near that table for cleanup and the sensory table stayed a bit cleaner so we could clean dishes, toys, and babies. At some point several children noticed all the hand washing that was going on and started to put shaving cream in their hands and then ask to wash their hands at the sink repeatedly. All in all, the shaving cream was enjoyed by most of the children.

The chalk was a bit boring. We had a few takers, but I think it's time to get back to messy stuff at the easel.

We spent some time in our Big Room (large motor) this week, which the kids are slowly getting used to. Our assigned time is right at the beginning of class, which makes it more challenging for parents dropping off all the stuff at the room and then coming to the Big Room after hand washing. Once it becomes routine I think it will be easier.

The kids seem to be a little bored with our small outdoor play area. I think next week we should either take them to one of the larger areas or create some activities outside rather than assuming they'll be able to figure out what to do with themselves. I don't recall another class having this same boredom outside difficulty, but each class is different and kids get less and less outside time at home each year, so they may just not know what to do with it. We have lots of outside toys, climbers, sand toys, riding toys, slides, and building toys to keep them busy.

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