Jun 3, 2022 4 min read

Want Ideas for Summer Learning in Your Child Care Center? Check Out This Lesson Plan!

Leah Woodbury By: Leah Woodbury

Just because the traditional school year is over doesn’t mean learning has to stop!

For many child care centers, it has been a challenge to find ways to keep educating children through the summer months. Many curriculum programs are not designed to go year-round. 

That means teachers are forced to spend their time scouring the internet for craft ideas from blogs and Pinterest to keep kids entertained, all while parents want their children to keep learning. 

That’s one reason that a 52-week curriculum program is essential for early childhood education centers.  

Procare Solutions, the most widely used child care management software, has teamed up with Learning Beyond Paper, Inc, the leader in digital curriculum, to offer early educators a tool they’ve been waiting for – an embedded, fully online curriculum program tailored to child care centers with a year-round program!

Procare Early Learning Powered by Learning Beyond Paper is an all-new, all-digital curriculum specifically designed to meet the unique needs of educating children from infancy through pre-kindergarten.  

The integration with Procare makes this curriculum program easy to use. New content, training and tools arrive automatically! It’s designed so teachers of all experience levels can understand it easily.  

It includes more than 4,000 daily activities for infants, younger toddlers, older toddlers, preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners.  

Let’s take a look at one such lesson that’s perfect for summer!

Beach Bag Fun!

Learning areas in the Procare Early Learning curriculum include STEAM, language and literacy, physical development, cognitive, music and movement as well as interactive reading. Plus, teachers get tips and tools they can use in real time.

The lesson below is for young toddlers, who are 1 to 2 years old, and focuses on physical development:

Let’s break down the sections of this lesson plan.

First, notice that it’s tailored to the specific age group of young toddlers. The topic, activity name and learning objective are all clearly stated at the top of the lesson.

Teachers then are given an organized list of what materials they’ll need to have ready for the activity, with pictures!

The “Routines and Teacher Talk” section gives a step-by-step guide to carrying out the lesson. Notice that step eight includes “when interest begins to decrease,” then gives an idea to keep those wiggly kids engaged. That is one way the Learning Beyond Paper curriculum gives teachers the tools they need to teach kids at specific age levels.

And teachers can opt to extend the lesson! Notice the column for learning support, with ideas they can choose to incorporate. And the social-emotional development section tells you that this activity provides children with the opportunity to play next to peers in parallel play.

How Procare Early Learning Can Make Your Summer Fun and Educational!

With Procare Early Learning powered by Learning Beyond Paper, child care centers can: 

  • Equip teachers with state-of-the-art online curriculum at their fingertips 
  • Dramatically reduce the amount of time spent on lesson planning each week 
  • Offer children a high-quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum 
  • Save money with this cost-efficient solution that’s integrated with Procare

Want to learn more? Visit www.procaresolutions.com/curriculum and check out these resources as well:

• Download “Procare Early Learning Powered by Learning Beyond Paper: What a Digital Curriculum Can Do For Your Child Care Center,” a free eBook, here.

• Read here about how Procare Early Learning will save one West Virginia child care center up to $1,600 a month.

• And check out this article on Procare Early Learning to learn more about this cost-effective solution that benefits children and sets your child care center  part from competitors!

Procare is the only solution that can deliver the entire early childhood education ecosystem — lesson planning, lesson delivery within the classroom as well as assessment and parent engagement. Being able to do all of these with one platform simplifies classroom management and planning! 

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Leah Woodbury

Leah Woodbury is the head of content at Procare Solutions. Her job includes writing about topics that matter to child care professionals and finding ways to help them do their important work. She’s a mom of two who loves getting updates about what her preschooler is doing during the day via the Procare child care mobile app!

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