• Standard 5b: Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools,
and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
• Standard 5c: Using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning
standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate
meaningful, challenging curricula for each child.
(2009b, 11, 13, 14, and 16)
NAEYC’s position statement Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early
Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 specifies that “all
the domains of development and learning—physical, social and emotional, and
cognitive—are important, and they are closely interrelated. Children’s develop-
ment and learning in one domain influence and are influenced by what takes
place in other domains” (2009a, 11). The position statement instructs teachers
to “plan curriculum experiences that integrate children’s learning within and
across the domains (physical, social, emotional, cognitive) and the disciplines
(including language, literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music,
physical education, and health)” (2009a, 21).
Implementing the Program
In truth, the term lesson plan as it is used in this program is not technically
correct; however, a suitable substitute does not seem to exist! Typically, a lesson
plan specifies details for teaching one class period of a planned learning unit.
Nevertheless, it was my intention that teachers would be able to create as many
lessons as they want—or deem necessary—from each lesson plan. A great deal
of flexibility has been built into this book, so there are probably as many ways
to use these lesson plans as there are teachers!
In other words, the fact that there are four activities per plan does not mean
that you must complete all four every time you schedule a movement session.
Similarly, you should not feel as though you have to use the lesson plans exactly
as they are laid out. Although it is important to keep the developmental pro-
gression of the activities and their extensions in mind as you go through them,
nobody knows the children you teach better than you do. So you should not