Lesson Plans For Babies Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Teaching Type: Essay Paper: #24879770 Related Topics: Teacher, Teaching, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education
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Teaching Children to Learn

Activity 1

Activity name: Color Recognition

Age group: 4-year-olds

(What should the child know or be able to do at the end of the activity? Why are you doing this activity?)The children should be able to complete this activity and know all of their colors.

Developmental domain addressed: (cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional, adaptive -- include a short paragraph explaining how the activity focuses on the chosen domain)

Color recognition is a basic part of cognitive development. It requires basic analytic skills to interpret sensory images and associate a consistent word (the name of the color). Color association is a valuable skill to use throughout one's life and has certain didactic value as well. Utilizing finger painting as a mechanism for this process is akin to making that process fun and evocative of toys, which correlate to childhood cognitive development (Bradely, 1985, p. 11).

Environmental arrangement:

The students will be arranged throughout the classroom so that they...

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The teacher will utilize examples of each color with her multicolored markers. The pedagogue will then instruct the students to draw a line with the color that she names while the colors are still on the board. Finally, the teacher will erase the white board and direct students to draw lines with colors by name alone.

Quick ideas for follow-up activities: (After doing this activity, where could you go from here with the knowledge they have gained?)

Follow up activities can include distinguishing primary colors from secondary ones, and utilizing the former to create the latter.

Activity 2

Activity name: Shape Training

Age group: 4-year-olds

Objective(s): (What should the child know or be able to do at the end of the activity? Why are you doing this activity?)

Children should know how to make basic shapes at the end of this activity. Shape creation is the basis for forming letters.

Developmental domain addressed: (cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional, adaptive -- include a short paragraph explaining how the activity focuses on the chosen domain)

This activity addresses the physical domain. Specifically, it assists children with their fine motor skills development to foster, "specific, goal-oriented reactions that become increasingly precise" (Gerber et al., 2010, p. 267). It helps them to create the various shapes that they will eventually utilize for writing letters.

Environmental arrangement:

The students will be spaced comfortably apart from one another so they can access their finger paints and papers, yet…

Sources Used in Documents:

References

Bradley, R.H. (1985). Social-cognitive development and toys. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 5(3), 11-29.

Bergen, D. (2002). The role of pretend play in children's cognitive development. Early Childhood Research and Practice. Retrieved from http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v4n1/bergen.html

Gerber, R.J., Wilks, T., Erdie-Lalena, C. (2010). Developmental milestones: motor development. Pediatrics in Review 31(7): 267-277.


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