Health & Medical Worksheet
Develop an Activity Bank
Throughout this unit, we studied different curricula that all had their own philosophies and
environments in which they work best. For this activity, you will reflect on which philosophy
most resonates with how you think children learn. Then you will gather some activity ideas that
you could use in your childcare center that would support your philosophy.
Step 1: Write Your Teaching and Learning Philosophy
Think about some of the curricula we have studied. What makes each unique? Is it the way they
group children together (or don’t)? The way they incorporate child-initiated learning or favor
more direct instruction to get all children on the same playing field? Consider what you think is
important about early childhood education and draft a paragraph explaining your philosophy of
how children learn and how you would like to support their learning process.
Step 2: Research Activities
With your philosophy in mind, do some online research to gather activity ideas that you could
use in your childcare center that would support toddlers and preschool children in their learning.
You must find one toddler and one preschool-appropriate activity for each of the following areas:
Try to find images that illustrate what these activities look like in action or what the finished
result of your activities look like. Document your research, along with citations for any websites
you use. You will have 12 activities documented as you complete this step.
Step 3: Create a Scrapbook
Use your research and images to create a visual representation of your activities. Use any
program or application you like best to arrange your images and text. It can take the form of a
scrapbook, or a slideshow, or any other creative way to get your message across. Your final
product should clearly state your teaching and learning philosophy. Then it should show the
images you found to illustrate each activity, a summary of what the activity is, an explanation of
why it is appropriate for toddlers or preschool, and your reasoning for how it supports your
teaching and learning philosophy.
Meeting the Developmental Needs of School-Aged Children
You have recently made the shift from full-time teacher to substitute in order to focus more on
some of your personal goals. You have really been enjoying the freedom that substituting allows,
but you miss the planning aspect of having your own classroom. You are excited when you find
that the 2nd grade teacher you are filling in for left in such a rush that there is no lesson plan for
Since you have a background in teaching, the principal has asked if you would come up with a
plan for the entire day. This 2nd grade class has been studying the ocean, so the principal would
like you to design a plan that fits in this theme.
The principal reminds you that your plan should include appropriate activities that meet the
developmental needs of the 2nd grade students. While you are not required to create extensively
detailed plans based on standards, you do need to come up with several activities that will
adequately meet and fulfill the following skills:
You have determined that with lunch, art, and music class, you will need to come up with a
minimum of four activities to fill the day. This means that each activity may meet more than one
of the above seven skills/requirements.
Again, because you are only filling in for one day, your plans will not need to be as detailed as a
regular classroom teacher plan would be. Things like prerequisite skills, pre and postassessments, standards, and accommodations are not required.
The following is required for each activity that you create:
Approximate length of activity
Materials needed for activity
Basic overview/summary of activity and steps involved
How this activity meets one or more of the developmental needs from the aforementioned
A good place to begin this lab is with some online research into how various activities might
align with the listed developmental needs of school-aged children. You might want to explore
teacher blogs, childcare websites, educational websites, and more.
Start putting together a list of various activities that meet the developmental needs of schoolaged children before spending some time expanding on these activities and adding your own
creativity to make them original and suited to your needs.
As long as your list of activities includes all of the information above and appropriately meets all
of the developmental needs listed, you can organize and present your plan for the day in
whatever way you feel works best: a slideshow, chart, simple word processing document, etc.
Please submit a list of websites and resources that you used in your research along with your
plan of activities for your day of subbing in 2nd grade.
As a student of early childhood education, you know that early literacy is important, but just how
important is it? Well, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center, an organization that
strives to improve graduation rates through evidence-based practice, “Many at-risk students read
below grade level, which contributes to their lack of academic achievement. Low literacy levels
show a strong correlation with poverty, crime and unemployment.”
Curbing these trends starts with early literacy, so this is something that you want parents in your
area to know about!
For this activity, you will develop a tri-fold brochure to highlight the literacy program at an
imagined childcare center.
Your brochure should include the following items, but you can determine where it makes the
most sense to have the items:
A name and logo of the center. This can be the same as the one you created in Unit 2
An overview of your early childhood education literacy program, including updated
literacy statistics relevant to the United States (or your state or city—get as specific as
you can with the statistics you find!)
A page discussing literacy in children from birth to age two
A page discussing literacy in children from ages two to three
An inspirational quote or statistic that explains the power of early literacy, with a
corresponding image. Make sure to provide direct links to the sources of your quote and
image on this page as well
Contact information for your center
Each inside page that discusses literacy for an age group should cover:
Typical language development at that age
Ways that your center encourages literacy at each age
Overall, make sure to design your brochure with a style and visuals that would be appealing to
your ideal customer. To complete this activity, submit your tri-fold brochure as a DOC or PDF