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I chose this rating because i have to do wekly program plans. I find it hard to think of hundreds of activitries based on thier interest and this is a really organized and refreshing resource books that helps me set up a really good program plan.
I was struggling to find a good book as I was teaching my kid at home bcos of covid. This was a great book and one-book-fits-all solution developed by teachers. I read reviews mentioning they are disappointed bcos there was group activities. It’s an almost 600 pages book with a very broad range of topics addressing everything from A to Z so this is a great value. Even without the group activities, my single child has so much to do. We get colorful books with 25 experiments for like $15. This book has thousands of small activities and experiments, I’m glad I bought it. Also this book is different from all those out there , it doesn’t use crazy materials assuming we have a factory at home. It has pictures where necessary, and I like the font style. Font style is important to me as it inspires me to read more. I went ahead and bought the science and math books. We are a family of engineers and phd’s , so found it very appropriate.
Best toolbox for a parent. I use this book daily with my son who's 2.5. We LOVE it. Majority of the lesson plans have a song or nursery rhyme. Every lesson has multiple book suggestions to go along with it. The activities are amazing. The Lesson Chapters: All About Me, Animals, Birds, Celebrations and Other Fun Things!, Colors, Dinosaurs, Farm, Food, Friends, Gardening, Health and Safety, Insects & Bugs, Literacy, Nature & The Environment, Numbers, Opposites & Things that go together, Our Community, Outer Space, Pets, Seasons, Senses, Shapes, Starting School, Teddy Bears, Transportation, Weather, Zoo Sections of Lesson Plans Include: - Learning Objectives - Circle time or group activity -> Learning Centers [5-7 topics are chosen from this list on each lesson with an activity for each: Art * Blocks * Dramatic Play * Library * Math * Literacy * Music * Snack and Coloring * Sand and Water * Small Motor * Large Motor * Science * Writing * Sensory * Construction * Outdoors * Games * Listening * Music and Sound * Etc..] -> Book Suggestions -> Snack -> Review -> Assessment
I have used this book for the preschool I worked at, and believe it holds some good gems in here, though I feel as it is a collection of ideas from so many varied sources that it fails to have a good consistent flow through out. Thus the 4 stars.
But if you are struggling for ideas to use for your day care center, or even for home schooling then this book is full enough to give you the guides you need to complete a day's lesson. But that being said, use this as a reference for your lesson plan, don't make it your lesson plan. Every teacher must plan well ahead of time to take in the needs of the students in your class, as they are unique to your class, and different for every school. I saw some teachers grab this book 5 minutes before the day started and try to use it for a whole days activities. Of course they failed and the kids did not enjoy the day because the teachers did not do their job of preparing ahead of time.
So if you are a lazy teacher who never prepares then you are most likely not going to enjoy this book nor it's contents, but if you are a passionate teacher with a need for ideas in planing a lesson, then you are going to love this book in it's entirety. I commend the publishers and contributors of the resource for the time and effort they and Kathy put in towards writing a good reference. I will definitely buy their other books as needed.