This month has been filled with events and fun for the families enrolled in Perfect Start Learning. The holiday season means that we have a harder time getting through the curriculum due to working on the recital and preparing for other events. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a box from Mother Goose Time with their new toddler curriculum.
I think that I was expecting something that would just be a smaller version of the Prek version. I was super surprised about the structure of the curriculum. I am still trying to wrap my head around everything and want to do an in depth look into the curriculum and how it works differently, but I thought I would show an example of the difference from the prekindergarten curriculum.
The first activity I tried had to do with the book Bella and the Umbrella. It was adorable, but also very long for small children. Lucky for me the first activity was about taking a picture walk through the book with the children and working on how to handle and treat a book. This is a simple activity, and I never thought about doing a lesson on book treatment! Usually I would go over the top of the book, bottom, and why we should treat books nicely at the beginning of the year during circle time.
This was different in the way that we were able to sit down together and ask questions, it encouraged them to really look closely at the pictures and using their imagination to decide what the book is about. This is an excellent activity and I have a video of the totally adorable conversation we had about the book and one of the pages.
Encouraging toddlers to read and love books may seem easy but we as educators tend to over complicate it. This lesson from Experience Early Learning, reminded me that often the best idea is to simply sit and talk. Model the correct behavior and listen to them as they speak to you. Til next time.....
Live Long and Keep Teaching!