The goal of the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum is to help adults be intentional with the children in their care and for the adult to incorporate learning into daily activities. But what does "being intentional" mean and how does one pull learning from a normal day?
Each Curriculum is made up of objectives - goals that you want the child to learn or be introduced to during year. The Lesson Plans break these objectives into 36 weeks of learning with supportive activities to help the child learn the objectives.
"Being intentional" means looking for opportunities in daily activities to teach life, Biblical, and academic skills. Instead of the objectives dictating the day, I encourage you to incorporate the learning into the day.
This is especially important for toddler and preschoolers. Keep the sit-down activities to a minimum and break activities into small sections throughout the week. This amount of time typically ranges from 15-30 minutes per day with sit down activities on 3-4 days per week.
Below are real-life situations that will help you incorporate learning without much effort.
Incorporate the Learning
|Color: Red||Wear red, eat red food, look for red items at the grocery store.|
|Number: 2||Count pictures in books, objects around the house, body parts during bath time|
|Book of the Week||Read the book before naptime|
|Song||Sing at a stoplight, during bathtime, while waiting for supper|
|Memory Verse||Sing or say while driving or before each meal, discuss verses that apply to every day life|
|Sorting||Cleaning up toys, sort silverware from the dishwasher|
|Letter Recognition||Talk a walk downtown|
|Spatial Words||Throwing rocks into a pond or creek|
|Character Traits||Waiting in line at the grocery store|
|Bible Story: Creation||Praise God for the beauty of His creation while playing outside|
Thank you to Bonnie for sharing a few of the ideas above and the quote for this article.
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