Fall is a busy time. You may have your own kids heading back to school, have new families starting, perhaps you are introducing a new routine, or your might be adding a new educational component to your program. With these changes, and the busy holiday season around the corner, it's easy to start to feel overwhelmed and unorganized. To help you feel less overwhelmed, I've gathered up some of my favorite tips to help you ready your program for Fall!
1. Create a Welcome Routine
Have a good morning routine. One fun way to welcome new children into your program (and practice name recognition) is with a daily
sign in and sign out activity.
2. Create a Visual Schedule
Children crave routines! With a visual schedule children can predict what's going to happen next in their day. A visual schedule is also a great way to help keep you on task, and focused throughout your day.
3. Assign Jobs
Delegate! Kids love being helpers. Encourage independence, and develop self help skills with a jobs chart.
4. Observe and Assess
Start the year off assessing where the children in your care are developmentally. Knowing the developmental skills the children in your care are working towards will help you plan lessons and choose the activities that appropriate for your program. Track their developmental progress and record progress throughout the year.
5. Editable Parent Reminder Signs
Start the Fall off with good parent communication. Are you closing for a holiday, Is payment due? Need a parent reminder? Easily communicate with parents with notices placed in your your parent sign in area, or attach them to your door.
6. Organize your supplies
Nothing is worse than not being able to find what you need when you need it. Make sure all of your supplies have a home and are clearly labeled with these free supply labels from 1+1+1=1
7. Yearly Lesson Planning Guide
Are you spending too much time planning your lessons? Bookmark the Pre-K Printable Fun free lesson planning page for one-stop lesson planning by theme!
Download a free set of sample lesson plans, and links to my related printable games and activities.
8. Improve fine motor skills
Strong fingers and hands are important so that children can work towards developmental goals such as pre-writing and improved self help skills. Plan fine motor activities this fall.
9. Make time for a group meeting
Group meeting time is a great opportunity to play group games, work as a team. and practice taking turns. Short on space? Make your meeting time a snap! This portable circle time binder makes it easy to conduct group meeting time wherever you are!
10. Plan more process art
Planning Crafts and facilitated art projects take up a lot of time! Offer more open ended art. Find several process art activities here.
11. Pre-K Printables Club Membership
I know how much time you spend looking for educational activities to compliment your lesson plans. Let me help you re-gain your free time! Join my Pre-K printables club! Your one time membership fee gives you unlimited access to my complete library of current and future printable activities and games (including all of the one's I shared in this post).
12. Save money on Printer Ink
The reality is: Childcare Providers use a lot of ink. From printables to forms it's easy to spend hundreds of Dollars a year on ink cartridges. Take advantage of the HP Instant Ink program to save!
13. Plan your meals
By planning and knowing your meals and snacks ahead of time you are able to save time preparing and shopping. Grab your free copy of this 4 week rotating childcare menu and blank menu for planning when you subscribe to my newsletter.
14. Connect with other childcare providers
Being a home based childcare provider can be isolating. Join local groups and connect with other providers. Join our free FB community to make connections with other childcare providers, collaborate and participate in fun on-line events.
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