Teach the food groups with this fun activity. Kids can draw their favorite food in the matching grocery bag OR they can color and cut the foods and then glue them to the matching grocery bags. Something for Toddlers to First Grade!
When we think of storm preparedness, we think: Flashlights, Cellphone, Water, First-Aid kits and our loved ones.
After working in a child care facility and having to hunker down for hours with toddlers in a bathroom; I learned something. They get bored VERY fast! And when they get bored, they get angry!
Now, we would have to take our First-Aid bags with us, our classroom sheet with the children’s names and contact numbers and that was it. I thought to myself that this was completely insane. We had no way of knowing what was going on around us, no way of keeping 5-10 toddlers happy for a time frame of 15 minutes to 2 hours. So, I took it upon myself to take a backpack to work the next day.
I went to the director’s office and informed her that I was going to have my phone with me on these types of emergencies because there was no way of knowing what was happening and I; as a caretaker to these kids; needed to know. She agreed. I also showed her what was in the backpack.
Small bottles of water (1 per child)
Snacks (2 per child)
Dollar Tree Flashlights (1 per child) and a large flashlight for me
Coloring books and crayons
Wipes and diapers
Soon, every classroom had a backpack equipped with items appropriate for children at their age level.
So, my advice to all parents, grandparents and caretakers is to get a backpack and equip yourself for a storm so that the children are busy and this will lessen the fear.
Lesson plans can be used at home or in the classroom. They are an easy way to stay organized throughout the weeks and months.
You can change themes out every week, bi-weekly or even monthly depending on how much you have for that particular theme (books, songs, art projects, science, sensory bins, worksheets, games, even toys).
A lesson plan can be as simple as a piece of notebook paper or a dry erase board or as elaborate as a fancy calendar.
Below are some template that you can use for your Lesson Plans. My advice is to laminate them and use dry erase markers so that you can use and re-use them week after week.