Lesson Plan: Back to School in Early Childhood Education

Written by Mariana Santos

ArqBahia team of authors.

Lesson Plan: Back to School in Early Childhood Education

1. Objectives

  • Provide a gentle and welcoming reintegration of children into the school routine after the holidays.
  • Establish an emotional and affective connection between students, teachers and the school environment.
  • Encourage the expression of children's emotions and feelings through playful and creative activities.
  • Create a safe and nurturing environment to promote children's well-being and confidence.

2. Activities

  • Warm welcome: Welcome children with hugs, smiles and kind words to create a welcoming atmosphere from the beginning of the day.
  • Conversation circle: Promote a conversation circle to share vacation experiences and expectations for the new school year. Encourage attentive listening among colleagues.
  • Artistic activities: Propose artistic activities, such as drawings, collages or paintings, that express children's emotions regarding returning to school.
  • Games: Organize moments of free and group play to encourage interaction, cooperation and creativity among students.
  • Songs and songs: Sing lively songs and nursery rhymes to create a happy and relaxed atmosphere.

3. Resources

  • Art supplies (paper, colored pencils, crayons, paints, brushes, among others)
  • Children's music
  • Ample space for games
  • Rug or cushions for the conversation circle

4. Development

  • 9:00 – 9:15: Receive children individually with a warm welcome.
  • 9:15 – 9:30: Hold a conversation about the holidays and expectations for the year.
  • 9:30 – 10:00: Artistic activities to express emotions.
  • 10:00 – 10:30: Free and group play.
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Songs and songs to end the class in a happy way.

5. Assessment

  • Observe children’s participation and involvement in activities.
  • Check the emotional expression and well-being demonstrated by students throughout the class.
  • Evaluate interaction and cooperation between colleagues during games.

6. Final Considerations

In this context, back-to-school classes in Early Childhood Education aim to establish a welcoming environment, promote the expression of children's emotions and strengthen emotional bonds between students, teachers and the school space. Through playful, creative and cooperative activities, we seek to stimulate the well-being, confidence and joy of children, contributing to a positive and welcoming return to the school environment.

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