PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (10 Hours) LEVEL 3-4
About Learning and Developmental Objective
Each learning and developmental objective may have its own scheduling constraints. The lesson may be as short as 5 minutes, or may last a week or more depending upon what you are looking for and what you want to accomplish. This timing should be listed in your lesson plan with an explanation and any specific requirements in timing, materials or equipment. Specific requirements may include books, media, art supplies, manipulatives, technical equipment (camera, computer, printer, internet, specific software, projectors, VCR/DVD), environmental set-up, supporting staff, etc. These should be listed in your lesson plan under resources needed. It is a good practice to have alternatives available and an alternate plan. A good teacher learns to adapt.
Each educator and or an organization may have their own way of creating lesson plans and curriculum. Some organizations use professionally created boxed lesson plans that you are asked to use, or you may need to create your own. With a boxed curriculum take the time to evaluate what elements may need to modified or changed for the developmental level and special needs of your students. Once again, keep a record of what you have done for future planning.
There are several resources that can help with preparing the elements of your lesson plan and environment.
You will need to discern whether the learning activity, art activity or environment suggestion is age appropriate, meets your objectives, early childhood guidelines and are cost effective. Most classrooms have a limited budget, so planning needs to also be reasonable and doable.
There are many ways to gather the materials you need and or re-purpose materials and equipment you already have. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on items from expensive catalogs. Using natural materials that you can collect and everyday times will make the experience more relevant and support retention. A few examples might be counting with spoons, stones, or pinecones. Parents are a good source of re-purposed materials, be careful though or you might end up with 100 gadgets you don’t need and with no place to store them. Caution: always check anything donated to the classroom for safety; older wood products can contain poisons such as arsenic or lead and broken or inappropriate materials, toys and equipment.