September Program Planning Themes & Child Care Activities
Here's another monthly program planning calendar complete with 4 weeks worth of themes and childcare activities.
Week 1: Fairy Tales
Start each day reading the fairy tale that accompanies the activity. Further the children's learning with reading comprehension by asking questions about the book and talking about lessons from the book.
Monday: (Snow White & The Seven Dwarves)
Tuesday: (Hansel and Gretel)
STEM: Build a way for rapunzel to escape from the castle. ( The little Mermaid) Fine Motor & ART: create seashell necklaces just like ariels
Friday: ( The Three Little Pigs)
Fine Motor & Math: Sort different sizes for the bears, start by creating your own template like this one , STEM: Build the homes of the three little pigs. Extend this activity and test which house is the sturdiest using a fan, shaking the table etc. For bricks consider using small wooden blocks like these.
Week 2: The Sound Of Music
During circle time, use instruments while singing along to songs.
Monday: Gross Motor: Freeze Dance Painting
Tuesday: Fine Motor: Junk Jam Music using recycled items
Wednesday: Art: Painting with sound
Thursday: Gross Motor: Tissue Dance Game
Friday: Fine Motor: DIY Horn instrument
Week 3: Seasons Changes
As September starts, children will start noticing changes around them. The days may not last as long, the weather will become chillier and the leaves will start to change colour and fall off the trees. These activities explain some of the changes.
You may want to start off this week by having a brainstorm session with the children and write down changes they have started noticing and plan activities teaching about those changes.
Monday: Art: Q-tip Season Trees
Tuesday: STEM: Exploring why leaves change colour in the fall
Wednesday: STEM: The reason for the season earth rotation & revolution activity
Thursday: STEM: Earth's Orbit demonstration
Friday: Art & Gross Motor: Go outside and collect different leaves and create spray paint art with them
Week 4: Indigenous Culture
It's important to teach children about indigenous people and their culture and history in Canada and around the world. Pick activities and topics based on your children's ages and ability to understand them. Overall, our focus for these activities is on appreciation of indigenous culture but you can definitely delve deeper into topics as you see fit.
Books are a great start for learning more about indigenous people. Here are a few lists to get started:
Monday: Fine Motor: Australian Indigenous symbols in sand
Tuesday: Art: Indigenous artist painting project
Wednesday: Art: Tlingit Inspired art
Thursday: Fine Motor: First Nations Sweat Lodge Small World Play
Friday: Literacy: Read Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad or listen to the read along, Fine Motor: have children decorate and wear their orange shirts, talk to them about what the shirts represent.