This week’s Friday Freebie is a great activity from our Let’s Go Camping Curriculum Plan Packs. You probably didn’t know you don’t even need to leave your early years setting to bring the children camping!
In this activity, the children make a simple little paper tent. When they’ve made their tents, they can create a forest scene around them, draw and cut out pictures of themselves to put in their tents or whatever they like! Or all the children can put their tents together to make a campground.
We have two ways for you to get access to our great curriculum plan packs. You can either buy them from the Early Years Shop individually or, you can sign up for a membership to the Early Years Resource Factory and every time we release a new curriculum plan you will have access to it immediately! EYRF also gives you access to hundreds of printable records and notices including our informative Family Notices and access to our monthly Newsletter Creator. The EYRF Newsletter Creator lets you create a one- or two-page newsletter using our supplied graphic design and optional content provided by Canavan Byrne. Just select which articles you want to use or edit, then add your news items and quickly produce a printable newsletter personalised for your service.
Remember that the purpose of curriculum plans is not so much to structure the children’s play and learning as to give them a starting point to explore and play. Your observations can then lead to different activities in the following days and weeks. This is the cycle that the Aistear framework is intended to facilitate. Many services collect curriculum plans and activities as a reference. Then when a child mentions something they did at home or something they are interested in, the early years worker can find activities that connect with the child’s interests. This is the basis of child-led early years education.
All of our curriculum plans are marked with the corresponding Aistear themes and Montessori learning areas to help you plan and document your curriculum planning process.