My Irish Grandmother always told me that I had the luck of an O'Riley, and to be paid to stay home by both of my part-time jobs during the pandemic, I should appreciate this time.
I work at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and at a Preschool, and I have determined that I will just continue to do what I would be normally doing on these days- crafting, making, singing "This is the Way We Wash Our Hands", going outside to explore, and teaching generally about the world from an early education standpoint.
For those of you who are ineterested in how I plan and organize for a preschool morning, just 9AM to 12PM, here is this past Monday's St. Patrick's themed curriculum. Brought to you by the letters C and V, the number 19, the color green, and the shape of a heart!
Monday, March 16th 2020
9AM Tabletop Activity - Use tissue paper to create rainbow light catchers.
9:15AM Welcome Circle - Talk about St. Patrick's Day!
9:35AM Center Exploration
Sensory Table: things that are green and flowers
Art Center: green play dough with leaves for stamping
STEM Center (Science): Biology of Clovers - Looking Closely at a real plant
STEM Center (Math): Clovers and Shamrocks - Counting to 3 or 4
10:00AM Gross Motor
Outdoor - Go for a nature walk!
This might be a good time to treat yourself with some Green Scout cookies. I recommend the Trefoil cookies as they are shaped like shamrocks, and the ThinMint for its green colored box. Okay you could also eat some green grapes to be healthy!
11:11AM Art - *Shamrock Printmaking
11:40AM Show and Tell
Use this time to listen to what the kids have to say.
12:00AM Lunchtime bye!
That's all for Monday! I hope you've enjoyed doing the things and the crafts. Don't worry if you didn't do it all- So even if you only got to try one of these ideas I hope that it helped you and inspired you to keep calm and keep on.
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This year I am thankful for family, love, kind friends, and friendly co-workers, going camping with PJ, and puppies.
What will you fill your days with?