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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Policies, Procedures and Daily Lesson Plans, Part One

So I spent a little bit of time on a Manitoba website about home daycares. There was some mention of printed, visible menu plans, science, outdoor play, and library; among other stuff that are vital to the survival of children.

I think I should practise. See if I'm intelligent enough for this job.

Menu:
breakfast: silver dollar pancakes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and B52s. (for me).

Lunch: coque au vin, Creme brule

Snack: Mussels in tomato sauce.

*in the event that certain ingredients are not in season, or available locally, to comply with our top standard of hundred mile eating, items may be substituted with more readily available choices. Options include: honey nut cheerios, rye toast, macaroni and cheese straight from the box, and vanilla yogurt.

Day Plan:
Phys. Ed: continue to practise gross motor skills. Attempt to master running along sidewalks without falling on hands.

Field trip: Tuesday. Outdoor walk to the mall. Practise social skills, manners, delayed gratification, public etiquette.

*the term "mall" is used here to loosely describe a shopping facility within walking distance, specializing in re-usable items.

Fine motor skills: play dough.
And teeney, tiny sewing machines in the basement.

Socialization: Teach the children how to deal with conflict.
eg. When Micah comes home for lunch, and chases a child, and said child comes to report this incident to her caring, nurturing daycare provider, proceed to throw Micah to the ground, flip him over onto his belly, and administer false blows to his behind. (clapping one's hands works quite effectively for this manoever.) Then, with your knee firmly pressed into his chest, practise some phoney WWF head punch moves. Using words like ; "slam dunk" and "donchu evah" seem to multiply the effectiveness of these socialization techniques. Any other creative use of vocabulary is an excellent use of the whole language philosphy, and will support any future work in the area of literature and prose.

Circle Time: One of the most meaningful circle times takes place in the sandbox.
Extend index finger. Place on sandy surface. Continue in a circular motion, creating the image of a circle in the sand.

It really is more straight forward than it sounds. Maybe tomorrow I'll post our schedule again and spend a little more time elaborating on Circle Time.

My Policies:
  • all children must be fully potty trained by the age of four months.
  • no one is allowed to wear socks at any time. Takes up way too much time and energy at the end of the day, crawling under couches and hunting through stacks of dress-up clothes.
  • no one is ever allowed to ask; "What's for lunch?" Closely followed with; "Yuck".

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I need to concentrate on MY policies. When I have an adequate draft, I'll propose a by-law.

Then I'll charge the town for the privelege of having me be a part of it.

3 comments:

tanya said...

Aha! That's why you were so excited when you found that vulcan children's machine in such good shape a while back.

christine said...

i wish i were a kid at your house...i'd LOVE to play "tuck n' nare" (sorry if spelling is incorrect), go to the MALL, and participate in circle time.
you should definitely charge a couple grand a kid. (per day).

Anonymous said...

I am quite concerned that you did not mention your Safety Policies and Procedures. Our local school is dutifully keeping our children safe by banning the wearing of Crocs and Flip Flops. Will you be doing your due diligence and enforce this also? I have sighted another proposed hazard ... possible blisters on tender feet without the proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). I believe that socks should be mandatory attire on your jobsite to avoid above mention hazard.

Melissa