As some of you know, toddlers can be oh so crazy! But they can also be lots of fun if you are organized. I was a toddler teacher for over 10 years before my boys were born and I loved the toddler age. I actually kind of miss it.
I have a dividers for each month. Behind that has a monthly calendar and weekly lesson plans with the copy of the activity behind that. On Fridays, This is when I would get everything ready for the next week. Make my copies, cut everything out and gather all my supplies. I also would have the weekend to get any last minute items.
Take a look at one of my lesson plans for the week about bears. I have so much fun making lesson plans. But I also love seeing the children have fun and learn as they play and stay busy with all the activities.
I always used nap times to get everything cleaned up. Hang up their activities or pack up their bags. It’s best to get all that done while they are sleeping so you can have your full attention on them. If you sit and play with them at free time you will have a smooth afternoon. Toddlers need to be taught how to play and they will take what they learned and use it for their real-life skills.
Keep to a daily schedule and do everything in order every day. Your classroom with a routine will run so smoothly because the children will know what to expect.
If you are potty training, they all sit down next to the bathroom and take turn using the bathroom. We would all sit down after every activity and I would make every child try. This is a perfect time for the children to have a book or busy bags. (Small things that will entertain them.) magnets, sorting sticks, shape and color flashcards or search and find bottles. Keep changing it up so the kids don’t get bored.
Have fun, I know it’s a lot of work and very exhausting but it is totally worth it. Remember to have fun with them and they will enjoy coming to class. By the end of the year, it will run amazing and you will have time to add more learning work into their day. (Once they are all potty trained.) Love ya, Mary xoxoxo
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