Planning Ahead…

I like to be prepared as much as possible for upcoming unit studies. A few weeks before the next month comes along I think about any new activities as well as older ones and get started on prepping for those now. Today I am thinking about next month, and know that the next continent we will talk about is Africa. I also know the season will be changing and need to plan for that.

As an example, for a snowflake art project, I need to get some of those cut edged craft sticks and glue them together for the snowflakes. I also need to cut a magnet strips for the back of each snowflake. You can bring these supplies into the classroom and have the older children do this as well. Then they are complete and ready in the cupboard for the day you decide to talk about snowflakes.

In thinking about the next continent, I need to have any copies ready of that continent as work choices for the children. I need to gather supplies for the continent table and any materials for the shelf such as kinds of animals and plants common to that continent. I need to place the books I will need on hold at the local library and search out new art ideas and prepare for those. There is always so much to do in the classroom and anything you can do well in advance is very helpful, as it should never take you away from your time with the children.

Winter Lesson with Snowflake Art and Circle Time Poem
Winter Lesson with Snowflake Art and Circle Time Poem
Craft Stick Snowflakes Ready for Lesson
Craft Stick Snowflakes Ready for Lesson
Snowflake Magnet Art
Snowflake Magnet Art
Winter Booklets. All pages need to copied, cut and ready for the children to put together.  Having full pages copied, older children can cut them out on their own to make a booklet. You will decide how to best plan your trays depending on your group of children.
Winter Booklets. All pages need to copied, cut and ready for the children to put together. Having full pages copied, older children can cut them out on their own to make a booklet. You will decide how to best plan your trays depending on your group of children.
Africa Folder
Africa Folder
Africa places, food, and plants. Have ready to put on the shelves, checking to be sure you are not missing any cards.
Africa places, food, and animals. Have ready to put on the shelves, checking to be sure you are not missing any cards.
African countries coloring pages to be copied and ready
African countries coloring pages to be copied and ready
Prepare all materials for circle time and have at the ready to use during the continent of Africa.
Prepare all materials for circle time and have at the ready to use during the continent of Africa.
Continent Table - Africa
Continent Table – Africa