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Homeschool and US COMMON CORE Curriculum Alignment
Introducing our comprehensive lesson plan Monthly packages designed specifically for kindergarten teachers, homeschoolers, and those new to teaching kindergarten! This all-in-one resource is packed with everything you need to deliver engaging and effective lessons to your students.
Let's explore what's included:
SWEET TREATS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
STEAM and BONUS MATERIALS
Bonus Materials: As an added bonus, we provide extra materials to enhance your teaching experience throughout the month. These resources could be additional activities, templates, or helpful tools to support your lessons and classroom management.
OUR LITERACY IS BASED ON THE SCIENCE OF READING PRINCIPLES- YOU CAN FIND ALL OF THESE ACTIVITIES AS WE TEACH LITERACY THROUGH OUT THE YEAR.
The Science of Reading emphasizes understanding the cognitive processes involved in learning to read. We incorporate these activities based on the Science of Reading principles in our Literacy Program of our FULL MONTHS.
Interactive Phonics Games
Reading Reflection Journals
Incorporating the Science of Reading into classroom activities ensures that students receive structured, evidence-based instruction that caters to all aspects of the reading process. It's about ensuring every student can decode words, understand their meaning, and engage deeply with texts.
OUR NUMERACY LESSONS INCORPORATE THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
Hands-On Learning with Manipulatives:
Use tangible objects like counting bears, beads, or blocks to teach basic counting, addition, and subtraction.
Display a number line in the classroom. Use it to teach counting, number recognition, and basic addition or subtraction.
Relate math to everyday experiences. For example, use snack time for grouping and sharing exercises or measure items in the classroom.
Games and Play-Based Learning:
Integrate math into games like dice games, board games, or card games to make learning enjoyable and interactive.
Use stories that integrate math concepts. For example, "Five monkeys were on a bed. One fell off. How many are left?"
Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays and Chants:
Songs like "Five Little Ducks" or "Ten in the Bed" reinforce counting forwards and backwards.
Patterns and Sequences:
Use coloured beads, shapes, or stickers to create and recognize patterns, fostering early algebraic thinking.
Spatial Awareness Activities:
Puzzles, building blocks, and sorting games enhance spatial reasoning and classification skills.
Graphs, charts, and drawings can help visualize math problems and concepts. Even simple bar graphs of classroom data (like the number of students with pets) can be enlightening.
Rotate Learners through different math-themed stations, allowing them to explore various concepts in small groups or pairs.
Integrate numeracy into daily routines. Count the days on a calendar, use a clock to tell time, or measure ingredients for a classroom cooking project.
Frequent Repetition and Review:
Revisit concepts regularly to reinforce memory and understanding.
Praise effort and achievement to foster a positive attitude towards math.
Even in kindergarten, students can draw pictures to represent math problems or concepts they've learned.
Collaborative Group Work:
Encourage students to work together on math problems, fostering discussion and shared problem-solving.
Encourage deeper thinking by asking questions like, "How did you get that answer?" or "Can you think of another way to solve it?"
OUR ARTS/SCIENCE/PLAY BASED PROGRAM is carefully planned to scaffold off of LITERACY and NUMERACY. Integrating art and science through play-based strategies in kindergarten not only stimulates creativity but also fosters a natural curiosity about the world.
OUR STEAM PROGRAM is included in each month and is connected closely with the key concepts learned.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in kindergarten plays a crucial role in early childhood education, laying the foundation for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and innovative problem-solving. Here are some reasons why STEAM is particularly important at this developmental stage:
Kindergarten is a time when children are naturally curious about the world around them. STEAM activities capitalize on this innate curiosity, encouraging children to ask questions, explore, and experiment.
Developing Critical Thinking Skills:
Through STEAM, children engage in problem-solving. They learn to think critically, make predictions, test their ideas, and draw conclusions based on their observations.
STEAM projects often involve trial and error. By persevering through challenges and celebrating successes, children build confidence in their abilities.
The "A" in STEAM stands for Art, which reminds educators of the importance of creativity in the learning process. Children express themselves, innovate, and see the interconnectedness of artistic expression and more analytical subjects.
Laying the Foundation for Future Learning:
Early exposure to STEAM subjects can pave the way for continued interest and achievement in these areas as children progress through their schooling.
Enhancing Motor Skills:
Many STEAM activities in kindergarten involve hands-on work, which helps develop fine motor skills. Whether it's building, drawing, or using tools, these skills are fundamental in early childhood development.
STEAM projects often require teamwork. Through collaboration, children learn to communicate their ideas, listen to others, and work together toward a common goal.
Integration of Multiple Disciplines:
Instead of viewing subjects as isolated disciplines, STEAM shows how they are interconnected. This holistic approach to learning reflects real-world situations and challenges.
Making Learning Relevant and Fun:
STEAM activities are often project-based, allowing children to see the real-world relevance of what they're learning. When children see the purpose behind tasks, their engagement and motivation often increase.
Supporting Diverse Learners:
STEAM activities cater to various learning styles. Whether a child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, STEAM offers diverse methods to understand concepts.
"By incorporating STEAM into kindergarten curricula, educators not only tap into children's natural inquisitiveness but also equip them with essential skills that will serve them in school and beyond. In a world that increasingly values adaptability, innovation, and interdisciplinary understanding, STEAM education in the early years is more crucial than ever."
"Thank you Sweet Little Learners – A plus! Blown away by how many goodies are packed into your bundles of learning. From lesson plans to center ideas and sensory recipes to booklists and report card comments, there is so much value! I really like that each lesson is given to you in two ways: written form and video presentation, so I can choose what option fits best with how I learn! A blank template is also provided so I can get creative with the lesson and add my own personal teacher flare! As an educator, I understand that my students have differentiated ways of learning, and that doesn’t stop just because I’m now the teacher! I love the written lesson plan because I can print and go! Perfect to have in my supply binder, too. And I like the video presentations for each lesson because I can see what it looks like in action! The video presentations of each lesson are a great help for newly graduated educators with flow of the lesson, prompts, timing, vocabulary, etc. Highly recommend!"
- Katie Mullis FDK Teacher
With our comprehensive lesson plan package, you'll have all the resources you need to deliver engaging and effective lessons in a stress-free and time-saving manner. Say goodbye to the overwhelming task of planning and hello to a well-structured and enjoyable learning experience for you and your students.