Two words: Toddler curriculum. It dawned on me that a lot of people send their children to daycare. And in daycare, the days are structured with a routine, where early childhood educators build curriculums. Maybe you’re thinking, “Curriculum? Don’t you mean messy activities like painting?” You’re right, I do mean messy activities like painting, but it’s actually curriculum. So, it got me thinking: I should do the same.
Where do you start to build a curriculum for your kid? Especially if you don’t have an early childhood education degree? I may not have a degree in early childhood education, but I do have a degree that requires me to understand childhood development at varying ages. So based on what I know about development- this is what I did:
Step 1: Need to have a Plan.
(Sketch Plan): Research different activities in different subjects. (Language, Science, Math, Art, Music, Gym). Spread throughout the day…lets say at 30- 45 minute intervals ( for 18-24mons). Now, I’m saying this, because McKinley’s attention span is about 15-30 minutes depending on the activity. In those 30-45 minute intervals I am including set up & clean up.
Step 2: Need to have activity ideas -age appropriate- in varying subjects/ Need to create routine through the day.
Step 3: Need equipment.
Step 4: Put projets together.
These are some examples of the activities I’ve read about, heard about, or thought of:
- Matching games
- Coloring, painting, play-doh – Art
- Sink or float with water
- Water transfer
- Game related to learning: shapes, colors, numbers, words, letters
- Sorting games
- helping with chores (laundry, feeding dog, putting away dishes)
- Outside play time (running, throwing)
- Play time/play dates with other kids
- Adventures (ex: zoo)
- (7-8)Wake up
- Get ready for the day
- 9:30-10:30 subject area #1
- 10:30 snack
- 10:45-11:45 subject area #2
- 12:00 lunch
- 12:30-1:00 nap
- 2:30-3:00 subject area #3
- 3:00 snack
- 3:15-4:15 subject area #4
- 4:30-6:00 Free play
- 7:30 Nighttime: bath, books, and bed
Look for curriculum activities weekly on Friday’s. And if you have awesome ideas to add please share them!