List of Program Components
Each month includes 2 Teaching Guides. The guides contain activities centered around 2 “mini themes” that complement each other. You may choose to print both guides. Each guide contains 10 days of activities designed for all mixed age group settings (infant-toddler-preschool & school age). The daily plans include Exploring Together, 2 small group activities (toddler-preschool), and an infant activity. You will find experiences for school-age children in the back of the guide. Click on Teaching Guide to access one day sample. Or go to our home page and download a 10 Day Sample.
All About My Week Report
At Gee Whiz Education, we believe that assessment should be an on-going, authentic process. Our All About My Week reports are a wonderful tool that helps you keep parents/caregivers informed while also providing you with critical information about each child’s interest and skill level. The completed reports can be a wonderful addition to any child portfolio. The All About My Week Report files can be found in the Paid Subscribers section of the Gee Whiz Education website. A new design is included with each theme. You will need two copies of each design for each child because you will be sending one home per week. Again, please only print as many copies as you need for the children in your care.
As you know, parents want to stay informed about what their children learn while they are in your care. You will receive 2 Family Letters each month – one for each mini theme. Like the Make It! Sheets, these are reproducible. You may make a copy for each of the families in your program or send it as an email attachment.
Each theme has a web that has been customized with the theme name and topics. You can print one for each child. More details on how to use the Individualization Web and can be found on pages 9 – 20 of the User’s Guide. There will be 2 of these every month. Please take time to review this process by accessing the User’s Guide.
Make It Sheets!
You will find 4 New Make It! Sheets every 30 days. These are totally OPTIONAL! Unlike “coloring sheets,” Make it! Sheets are designed to be completed to promote fine motor development, encourage dramatic play, and be a “talking point” for parents and children. Directions will be in the Teaching Guides.
Each month, you will receive an original story and story props. The story itself and detailed instructions on how to prepare the props can be found in the back of Teaching Guide #1. The types of props will vary from month to month. This makes storytelling fun and interesting for both you and the children.
Family Digital Notes!
This component is truly unique! These digital Family Notes are provided to you as .jpeg images. This means that you will be able to save the files to attach to emails, send as text messages, or even place in your own newsletter.
You will find a Teaching Tool included with the second unit each month. This component is designed so you can use it in many ways to reinforce skills in many different developmental levels. Preparation directions are normally found in the Teaching Guide. While the guide also gives ideas on when to use the Teaching Tool, feel free to utilize it in other ways as well. Our goal is to provide you with a tool that is both educational and flexible!
The second unit each month will now contain a printable puppet. The types of puppets will vary from month to month. The one pictured here is designed to be glued to a paper lunch bag. You will use the puppet to introduce new concepts and ideas throughout the unit.