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February Infant Classroom Lesson Plan Ideas

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February Infants Lesson Ideas

In the infants classroom, the teacher must have flexible lessons that will adjust to immobile, mobile, and advanced infant students. February is full of exciting holidays and events that can translate to the infant classroom easily.

To have enough lessons for the entire month, the teacher should choose a theme. The February theme could begin with Groundhog's Day and end with Leap Day. The year 2012 is a Leap Year. Valentine's Day, Boy Scout's Day, President's Day and Mardi Gras all happen in February.

The February Theme:

Animals are an easy fallback when a teacher can't think of something to plan for their students. Children love animals. February is a good month for animal lessons. Infants like bright, large toys that move and make noise. Using these two items of knowledge, create a monthly lesson plan that incorporates the groundhog, bright red handprints, and frogs.



Groundhog's Day Lesson

There are no other holidays in the week following Groundhog's Day, so you have to milk that one for all it's worth. Create a pop-up groundhog in a hollow log to surprise the infants, young and old. Build a hollow log by cutting up a cardboard box, wrapping it into a circle and taping the two ends together. Paint the cardboard brown and put a piece of black cloth over the top, with a hole in the middle. Find a brown groundhog-type animal that will fit inside the hollow log. Place your hand in the log, from the bottom, and pop the groundhog out once in a while to make the children laugh.

Cut out groundhog shapes, hills with holes, and paw prints from construction paper. Have the children paint or color these to the best of their abilities. Read them groundhog stories, such as Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day! by Abby Levine and Nancy Cote. Make them little brown felt hats that have animal ears. Many infants will not like the hat and try to rip it off, but it is good practice having the child wear a hat since it is winter outside. Take a picture of them wearing their hats, while sitting in a cardboard hole.

How Would You Teach This Lesson?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. You aren't allowed to hang things in your room, what do you do?
    • Make a stand that will hold the art above the children's heads.
    • Change the hanging art ideas to pillow cover art.
    • Make a petition to either install art drying equipment or allow hanging art on the walls.
  2. Religious holidays, such as Mardi Gras, are not allowed in your school. What do you teach that week?
    • Remove the title "Mardi Gras" and simply use the lessons for fun.
    • Ignore the rule. Mardi Gras is a party, not a religious event.
    • Change the masks to animal paper plates that the infants finger paint.
  3. You did animals last month. What can you substitute for the animals this month?
    • Shapes. Round for the groundhog's hole. Heart for Valentine's Day. Square for President's Day (Lincoln's hat).
    • Use animals again. There's many animals in the world. Infants need to know these things.
    • Use colors. Infants like bright colors. Being creative, I can add much color to my room this month.

Scoring

For each answer you selected, add up the indicated number of points for each of the possible results. Your final result is the possibility with the greatest number of points at the end.

  1. You aren't allowed to hang things in your room, what do you do?
    • Make a stand that will hold the art above the children's heads.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +3
      • Be Careful: 0
    • Change the hanging art ideas to pillow cover art.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +2
      • Be Careful: 0
    • Make a petition to either install art drying equipment or allow hanging art on the walls.
      • Excellent Ideas!: -1
      • Be Careful: +1
  2. Religious holidays, such as Mardi Gras, are not allowed in your school. What do you teach that week?
    • Remove the title "Mardi Gras" and simply use the lessons for fun.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +1
      • Be Careful: 0
    • Ignore the rule. Mardi Gras is a party, not a religious event.
      • Excellent Ideas!: 0
      • Be Careful: +1
    • Change the masks to animal paper plates that the infants finger paint.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +1
      • Be Careful: 0
  3. You did animals last month. What can you substitute for the animals this month?
    • Shapes. Round for the groundhog's hole. Heart for Valentine's Day. Square for President's Day (Lincoln's hat).
      • Excellent Ideas!: +1
      • Be Careful: 0
    • Use animals again. There's many animals in the world. Infants need to know these things.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +1
      • Be Careful: +1
    • Use colors. Infants like bright colors. Being creative, I can add much color to my room this month.
      • Excellent Ideas!: +2
      • Be Careful: 0

This table shows the meaning of each possible result:

Excellent Ideas!

You must be very creative! Make the lessons your own and remember to play with the children. Infants need more snuggle time than the older students. They need warmth and love.

Be Careful

Do not fight with the administration. Rules are made for a reason. Remember, even if admin doesn't seem to have the children or the teachers' needs in mind, they do. Being an administrator of a day care center is one of the hardest jobs on Earth. It is hard to make everyone happy.

True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

Valentine's Day Lesson

Valentine's Day is the 14th of February. Some schools do not permit teaching lessons about this holiday, but each of the following ideas can be adjusted or spoken without the words "Valentine's Day," thus avoiding any problems with the administration.

Handprints and footprints are precious to parents, especially parents of infants. The baby's hand grows so quickly. Make red and white handprints on heart shaped, thick construction paper or another more sturdy paper. Hang these handprints on a heart-shaped mobile using pink string.

Continuing the animal theme, Valentine's Day can incorporate doves, bunnies, kittens and other soft, plush animals. Reading stories about such animals discussing friendship, such as

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh

and Help!: A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller can bring this lesson together.

Water play is also a fun project for infants. Splashing the water is something all infants find amusing. Place rubber hearts, found at Hobby Lobby or local party supply stores, in the water play basin.


President's Day and Mardi Gras Lessons

President's Day may have connections with animals, depending upon which president you want to learn about during that lesson. President Theodore Roosevelt founded national parks. He loved animals, such as horses. The lesson can include a picture of the president on the ground level mirror. The children can look at President Roosevelt and themselves to notice the differences and similarities.

Stuffed horses, all different colors, can be incorporated into play. Teach the older students to neigh. Be careful to not teach the students to ride the horses or younger infants may become unwilling participants in violent play.

Mardi Gras is a celebration in many areas of the United States, Brazil and Europe, where the Catholic religion is predominant. Mardi Gras celebrates the day before Ash Wednesday which starts off Lent. Fat Tuesday is another name for the holiday because the celebrants eat fatty, rich foods due to the tradition of banning such items during the period of Lent.

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Cut out hand or footprints in these colors. Attach shiny streamers to the prints and hang them from the ceiling. Some day cares do not allow ceiling hung items, in that case, hang the streamers from the top most part of the walls. Get a flashlight, turn down the lights in the room, and flash the streamers with the flashlight.

Animal masks are used in the Mardi Gras celebrations. Infants should not and will not wear a mask. However, you can place masks on the dolls in the play area and along the walls. The costumes are made of a multitude of items to create unique designs. Create a small costume covered doll using multiple textures and allow time for each child to explore that doll's feel.

Be creative with your lessons. In the infant classroom, it is easy to spread a lesson over a couple of days. It is often very hard to come up with ideas for the younger children who cannot crawl. Mobiles are excellent projects for the older students to create to share with the youngest in the room.

Comments

alfetherlin (author) from Illinois on January 13, 2014:

Thank you kindly Rebecca and VanNess. I appreciate the kind comments and am happy to help. There is more to come soon.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 11, 2014:

I love it. You've give me some great ideas for Valentine's Day with the little ones I watch. Thanks!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 11, 2014:

Cute February daycare lessons. Early childhood is so important, and these are really nice ideas. Shared with my followers.

alfetherlin (author) from Illinois on June 13, 2012:

Thank you, Ron. I aim to please!

Ron on June 13, 2012:

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alfetherlin (author) from Illinois on January 31, 2012:

Hello, thank you for your question.

I believe:

The basic difference in the formats of each level of American education is the division of the day. The elementary student has the same teacher throughout the day whereas the middle school and high school student must travel to different classes.

The main educational differences between the two levels are emotional learning levels, positive expectation levels and varied and harder lessons.

Luis E Gonzalez from Miami, Florida on January 30, 2012:

welcome. What you do think are the main differences between elementary and for example middle school teaching formats?

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