A daily plan is an outline or framework of what is planned for the day to support children’s development and learning. The predictability of a daily schedule provides security for children and helps children develop a sense of timing as they anticipate what will happen next. As all educators know, daily plans can alter dramatically as the life of the classroom and school unfolds. They are a guideline to follow, but ultimately educators must take cues from the children as to their motivation and engagement.
Within the daily plans, educators account for: planning for learning within the large group, activities for small groups, for individuals, and for classroom centres. As well, the educator needs to consider a system for collecting and documenting observations of learning.
Developing the Plans
Whether plans are for a half-day or full-day, they will include a time:
- for physical activity (outdoors, in the gym, in the all-purpose room);
- to meet in the large group for sharing, story, and appropriate demonstrations;
- for learning centres, including large blocks of time for self-initiated activities;
- for nutrition;
- for children to independently ‘read’ books; and
- for music and movement.