• 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, but I have used it because a suitable substitute does not seem to exist.
Typically, a lesson plan specifies details for teaching one class period of a learn-
ing unit. But it was my intention that teachers using this book would be able
to create as many lessons as they wanted—or deemed necessary—from each
of my plans. Because I purposely built a great deal of flexibility into the book,
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 I certainly hope you will keep the developmental
progression of the activities and their extensions in mind as you go through
them, I realize that nobody knows your toddlers better than you do. So you
should not hesitate to adapt the lesson plans, perhaps abbreviating activities or