106-108 April 2016
Monthly Curriculum Plan
Read: Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz
Read: Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand
Read: Countdown to Spring by Janet Sabalman
Read: My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
Read: The Spring Rabbit by Jorge Dunber
Read: The Start of Spring by Frederick Warm
Read: Wake Up, It’s Spring by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books.
Sing: “If All the Raindrops”
Sing: “The Ants Go Marching”
Sing: “Rain, Rain, Go Away”
Fingerplay: “The Days of Spring”
Sing: “You are My Sunshine”
Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.
Science/Social Studies/ Math
Shine flashlights in a darkened room/visually track the light
Feel water and mud on our feet
Explore nature items from outside (some under contact paper)
Use our sense of smell to smell real flowers
Explore nature sensory bags (water mixed with flowers)
Purpose: Experience natural environmental living things; engage their 5 senses; experience with basic numeration.
Reach and/or grab onto hanging blue ribbon and scarves
Play hide the caterpillar
Squeeze/touch sponges with our hands in blue water
Spring sensory play
Search for vegetables in Dirt Dough (baking soda, food coloring and water)
Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.
Paint with brown paint mixed with dirt on green paper
Paint with green & pink paint on corkboard
Manipulate balls in a container with watercolors & wipes
Paint on top of flowers
“Ladybug” print art
Coffee Filter “Butterflies”
Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their natural senses.
Spring has FINALLY approached us! Take the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors! There are many great activities that you can do with your little one, such as taking a walk in your neighborhood and discussing what you and your child see, hear, smell, and touch. Spring is such a beautiful season with all of the flowers blooming, birds chirping, and bugs crawling around. There is so much to see in your own backyard, forest preserves, and nature parks.
Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum with daily interactions and planned activities.