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The Weekly Curriculum Book: 52 Complete Preschool Themes


What’s your plan? If you’re not sure, this great big book has the answer! With 52 weekly plans, it’s easy to come up with appropriate learning experiences that children will love. This essential classroom resource has activities for every day of the year!

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What’s your plan? If you’re not sure, this great big book has the answer! With 52 weekly plans, it’s easy to come up with appropriate learning experiences that children will love. This essential classroom resource has activities for every day of the year!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This hefty book contains 52 weeks of activities to help preschool teachers solve the challenge of planning learning experiences. Each week's activities include an opening activity, curriculum vocabulary, extension activities, learning center ideas and a list of related literature. Most materials needed are found objects or reasonably priced ones, and the variety of activities is a fresh approach from the usual holiday/seasonal ones. The author stresses that themes should be used according to the children's interests, not consecutively as listed. The activities provide a variety of experiences using all developmental areas, however, it would have been useful for beginning teachers to have those developmental areas or the purpose for the experience stated. This would have provided impetus for teachers to casually assess how individual children were performing in particular areas. Variety is important but teachers should know why they are providing experiences, not just keeping children entertained. The majority of activities are teacher directed, but some could be adapted to provide more child-directed experiences. The book is a useful addition to the repertoire of the preschool teacher. 2003, Gryphon House, Ages adult professional.
— Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592823
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 549,555
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Backer, M.Ed., is an early childhood consultant and freelance writer who taught preschool for 20 years. For the past 11 years she has written extensively for preschool teachers and parents of preschool children. She has authored more than a dozen books and published over one hundred articles in magazines such as Woman's Day, Parent & Child, First Teacher, Highlights for Children, and Early Childhood News. Barbara received an award for Distinguished Merit in Education Publishing from the Education Press of America (EdPress) and a journalism award from the National Stuttering Foundation of America.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Special Days and Holidays 17
The First Week of School 18
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 18
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 18
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 19
Using Modeling Dough (Art) 19
Using Crayons and Markers (Art) 19
Drawing Self Portraits (Art) 19
Using Paste (Art, Math, and Music) 20
School Tour (Field Trip) 21
Farmer in the Dell (Games) 21
Children in Our Group (Games) 21
Getting Acquainted (Language) 22
Taking Care of Books (Language) 23
Cleaning Up the Room (Music) 24
Playing Chase (Outdoors) 24
Easy Snacks (Snack/Cooking) 25
Learning Center Ideas 25
Related Books 25
Second Week of School 26
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 26
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 26
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 27
Celebrate National Playdough Day (Art) 27
Block Pals (Blocks) 27
VIP Visitor (Classroom Visitor) 27
Around the Building (Field Trip) 28
Remembering Faces (Games) 28
Chase Me! (Games and Outdoors) 29
Friends-O (Music) 29
Basic Tag (Outdoors) 30
A Week of Do-It-Yourself Snacks (Snack/Cooking) 30
Learning Center Ideas 32
Related Books 32
October Is National Pretzel Month 33
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 33
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 33
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 34
Pretzel Practice (Art) 34
Pretzel People (Art and Snack/Cooking) 34
Can You Make A Pretzel? (Construction/ Manipulatives Area) 34
Pretzel Letters (Language) 35
Pretzel Shapes (Math) 35
Exploring Three (Math) 36
Pretzel Patterns (Math) 36
We Like Pretzels (Music) 37
Making Pretzels (Science and Snack/Cooking) 37
Banana and Pretzel Rolls (Snack/Cooking) 38
Cold, Crunchy, and Salty (Snack/Cooking) 38
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 39
Related Books 39
Third Week in November--Children's Book Week 40
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 40
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 40
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 41
Point of View--Big Book (Art and Language) 41
Circle Book (Art and Math) 41
Bookmobile (Field Trip) 42
Visit a Local Bookstore (Field Trip) 43
Who Said That? (Games and Language) 43
Real and Make Believe (Language) 43
Estimation Activities (Language and Math) 44
How Do They Move? (Movement) 44
Our Favorite Songs (Music) 44
Outdoor Story Time (Outdoor) 45
Exploring Same and Different (Science) 45
Story Time Snacks (Snack/Cooking) 46
Making Books (Writing) 46
Learning Center Ideas (Literacy Area) 46
Related Books 46
December 6--Mitten Tree Day 47
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 47
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 47
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 48
Story Props for Re-telling The Mitten Story (Art and Language) 49
Mitten Tree (Language) 49
Mitten Tree Song (Language) 50
Animals and Mittens (Math) 50
How Many? (Music) 51
I like Mittens (Music) 51
Str-e-e-e-tching a Mitten (Science) 52
Oven Mitts and Mittens--What Do They Do? (Science) 52
Insulation and Layers (Science) 52
More About Insulation and Layers (Science) 52
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 53
Related Books 53
January 21--Hugging Day 54
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 54
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 54
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 55
Hugs on the Ceiling--A Mural (Art) 55
A Hug for You (Art) 55
Hugging Book (Language) 56
Communicating Without Words (Language) 56
The "Ug" Family (Language) 56
My Hug Is This Big (Math) 57
Estimating Kisses and Hugs (Math) 58
Hugging Song (Music) 58
Hugging Roll-'Em-Ups (Snack/Cooking) 59
Rigatoni Hugs (Snack/Cooking) 59
Learning Center Ideas (Reading Area) 60
Related Books 60
4th Week of January--Think Warm Thoughts Week 61
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 61
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 61
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 62
Summer Clouds (Art) 62
Ice Cream Parlor (Dramatic Play and Language) 62
Summer and Winter Items: Same and Different (Language) 63
Seasonal Sports (Language) 63
Summer Flowers (Math) 64
Jumping Frogs (Movement) 64
January Picnic (Outdoors) 65
Summer at the Pond (Science) 65
Fruit Ice (Snack/Cooking) 66
Learning Center Ideas (Sensory Area) 66
Sand Table--Summer at the Beach 66
Related Books 66
February Is Friendship Month 67
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 67
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 67
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 68
Painting With a Friend (Art) 68
Friendship Drawings (Art) 69
Good Friends Bulletin Board (Bulletin Board) 68
Friendship Carpets (Cooperation) 69
Friend, May We? (Games and Outdoors) 69
Autograph/Phone Books (Language) 69
Best Friends--Q and U (Language) 70
How Many? (Math and Cooperative) 71
Friendship Dance (Movement) 71
Friendship Song (Music) 71
Hello, Friends (Music) 72
Friend's Fingerprints (Science) 72
Friendship Snack Mix (Snack/Cooking) 73
Learning Center Ideas (Writing Area) 73
Related Books 73
February Is Dental Health Month 74
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 74
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 74
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 75
Floss Painting (Art) 75
Painting With Toothbrushes (Art) 75
I Brushed My Teeth Today (Language) 75
Baby Teeth and Permanent Teeth (Language and Science) 76
I Like This Toothpaste Best (Math) 76
Germ, Germ, Toothbrush (Movement) 77
I Brushed My Teeth Today (Music) 78
Stained Eggs (Science) 78
What Snacks Are Healthy for My Teeth? (Snack/Cooking) 79
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 80
Dentist's Office 80
Related Books 80
February 2--Groundhog Day 81
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 81
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 81
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 82
Groundhogs and Their Burrows (Art) 82
Groundhog Poem (Language) 83
Groundhogs and Burrows Matching Game (Math) 84
Passage of Time (Math) 84
Groundhog Patterns (Math) 85
Groundhog's Home (Movement--Indoors or Outdoors) 85
Groundhog Song (Music) 86
Hibernation (Science) 86
Groundhogs in the Ground (Snack/Cooking) 86
Edible Groundhogs (Snack/Cooking) 87
Learning Center Ideas (Science Area) 87
Related Books 87
March 2nd--Dr. Seuss's Birthday 88
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 88
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 88
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 89
The Cat's Hat (Art) 89
Dr. Seuss's Birthday (Bulletin Board and Language) 89
Seussville (Dramatic Play) 90
Fish Tic-Tac-Toe (Games) 90
When We Need Help (Language) 91
Opposites (Language) 91
Rhyming Names (Language) 92
How Many Apples? (Math) 92
Fish Patterns (Math) 92
Counting Apples (Math) 93
Apple Seeds (Math and Snack/Cooking) 93
Green Eggs and Ham (Music) 94
Exploring Small Things (Science) 94
Ten Apples Applesauce (Snack/Cooking) 95
Learning Center Ideas (Art and Writing Areas) 95
Related Books 95
March 25--National Pancake Day 96
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 96
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 96
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 97
Funny Faces (Art and Snack/Cooking) 97
Pancake Restaurant (Field Trip) 97
What Is Round? (Language) 98
Measuring and Mixing (Math and Snack/Cooking) 99
Number Book (Math) 100
Another Point of View (Movement) 100
I Like Pancakes (Music) 100
Changes and More Changes (Science) 101
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves (Science) 101
Still More Pancakes (Science and Snack/Cooking) 102
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 102
Related Books 102
April 22--Earth Day 103
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 103
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 103
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 104
Is This the Earth? (Art) 104
County Extension Office (Class Visitor) 104
A Walk in the Neighborhood (Field Trip) 104
Writing With Water (Language) 105
Countdown to Earth Day (Math) 105
Recycling Song (Music) 106
Polluted Water (Science) 106
Watering Plants (Science) 107
Recycling for Animal Friends (Science) 107
Products of the Earth (Snack/Cooking) 107
Learning Center Ideas (Art and Construction Areas) 108
Related Books 108
Second Sunday in May--Mother's Day 109
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 109
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 109
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 110
Picture of My Mom (Art) 110
Remembering Mama (Games) 110
All About Mom (Language) 110
My Mother's Mother (Language) 111
Storybook Seriation (Math) 112
How Mothers Move (Movement) 112
Mother's Day Song (Music) 112
I Love Mommy (Music) 113
Mother's Day Dinner (Snack/Cooking) 113
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 114
Related Books 114
Third Sunday in June--Father's Day 115
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 115
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 115
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 116
What Dads Can Do (Art and Language) 116
My Father's Father (Language) 116
My Dad Drives (Math) 116
Moving Like Dad (Movement) 117
A Song for Dad (Music) 117
I Love Daddy (Music) 118
Backrubs (Science) 118
Dad's Favorite: P-B-&-J (Snack/Cooking) 118
Pineapple Cream Cheese and Crackers (Snack/Cooking) 119
Special Visitors 119
Learning Center Ideas (Dramatic Play Area) 120
Related Books 120
Third Week of July--Chill Out Week 121
Introducing the Weekly Curriculum Theme 121
Weekly Curriculum Vocabulary 121
Weekly Curriculum Extension Activities 122
Painting With Snowballs (Art) 122
Merry Mittens (Art) 122
On a Cold, Cold Day (Language) 123
Snowflakes (Math) 123
Snowball Fight (Movement) 124
Summer Snow Song (Music) 125
Summer Snow People and Their Pets (Outdoors) 125
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