Lesson Plan Series for Ages 3-5: Lessons 6 -10
This next set of 25-30 minute lessons would work best in a gross-motor space rather than the classroom. However, if you are restricted to your room, make sure to clear away the obstructions that will hamper your success. Guide children away from the edges of the space and into the open spaces.
I generally teach in a circle, the most democratic of spatial formations and also the one that leaves all that valuable real estate open in the center. Go ahead and have some students be ‘jelly filling’ inside the ‘doughnut’ when possible. Different children can have that privilege on different days. You can also have every other child scoot forward from his/her spot on the circle, to leave more space on either side.
Another strategy for spreading children out is to use tape markings or portable markers, such as yoga squares. You already may have carpets with designs on them that the children have become accustom to. Just make sure they aren’t jammed together.
Changing the way you use space is NEW and novelty always creates a little chaos.
Give this new spatial arrangement three times……by the third time of doing something differently, the children — and you — will have settled into a ‘new normal’ during movement time.
These lessons are on the concepts of Direction and Speed, Energy, Shape, and Body Parts. In the middle of the sequence is a new warm up, to change up what you are doing with the children. After you’ve done this new warm up 3-5 times, you can go back to the previous warm up and switch them out thereafter. This is also true of welcome and hello songs and dances.
My ‘Rule of Three’ applies here, too. Do a new hello song times, then switch it out with something different. The children will appreciate the novelty at that point.
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