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Early childhood teachers at Your Kids ‘R’ Our Kids are given tremendous opportunities to inspire in children a lifelong love of learning. And there's no substitute for being prepared with the knowledge and skills that will help teachers do their job well. YKROK professional development

YKROK is dedicated to supporting teacher growth as a professional. Our professional development resources are designed to meet ever-changing needs, whether a teacher is looking to hone classroom skills or a curriculum coordinator with an eye toward building capacity. Our practical guidance and partnership with experienced educators from Teaching Strategies, a gold standards and premium curriculum company in early childhood education is put to use immediately.

Our professional development resources honour and respect all educators. Whatever experience level, YKROK professional development supports teachers with opportunities that focus on hot topics in early childhood education. Our teacher training is available in YKROK on-site sessions and video resources.

Our curriculum supports teachers at all levels (from the beginning teachers to the most experienced and skilled) and also encourages sensitivity to different cultural settings

Below is the knowledge given to support teachers as they need to learn, know, and do the following activities across any Your Kids ‘R’ Our Kids centre.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - ACTIVITY INDEX

A
A B C ACTIVITIES
ADDRESS, LEARNING MY
AIR & WIND
ALL ABOUT ME (& Promoting an "I CAN" Attitude)
ALPHABET IDEAS
ANECDOTAL RECORD FORM
ANIMALS Also REFER: Safety with Animals Dinosaurs Animals Nursery Rhymes Creative Drama: Pet Shop Related Field Trip: Pet Shop
APPLES Related Field Trip: Go Pick Apples for the letter A
Also see: Creative Drama: Pretend Apple Orchard
ART NOTES
ASSESSMENT PORTFOLIO LOG FORM FOR CHILDREN
ASSESSMENTS/OBSERVATION METHODS FOR CHILDREN: Behaviour Management
B
BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP
BALANCE ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
BALANCE BEAM ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
BATHROOM SELF-HELP SKILLS & GOOD HEALTH HABITS
BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH CLASSROOM/PLAYGROUND
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT Positive Disciplinary Tips to use for children
BIRDS
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
BODY AWARENESS ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
BOOKLETS CREATIONS BY CHILDREN
BOOKS (CHILDREN'S BOOKS & READING TO CHILDREN)
BOUNCING BALL ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
BUGS (& BUTTERFLIES)
BULLETIN BOARD and Parent Bulletin Board Development
BUTTERFLIES (& BUGS)
BUDDHA JAYANTI FESTIVAL
C
CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
CATCHING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
CHARACTER EDUCATION THEMES:
Manners/Making Friends/Sharing Feelings (Trustworthiness) Group Participation/Cooperation (Fairness/Sharing) Being Thankful & Caring (Love Of Family) Kindness Being Helpful Honesty/Respect & Love Of Country (Citizenship) Responsibility Being Polite (Courtesy) Character Ed Review
CHILDREN'S BOOKS (NOTES & TIPS) Related Field Trip: Children's Library
CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
CHRISTMAS
Star Shape Christmas Party Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star & Little Jack Horner Colours Green & Red December/Christmas Field Trips: Visit Home for Elderly Creative Drama: Toy Gift Wrap Shop Christmas Around the World
CIRCLE SHAPE CIRCUS
CLASSROOM & PLAYGROUND, BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH
CLIMBING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
CLOUDS, RAIN & RAINBOWS
COLOURS: Red, Blue, Yellow Black, Yellow, Orange Brown, Purple Red, Green Blue, White Pink, Gray Traffic Light Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Yellow, Green, Brown, Pastels Review of All Colours
COMMUNITY HELPERS Dentist/Dental Health Related Field Trip: Visit from Dentist Fire Safety/Fire Fighters Related Field Trip: Fire Station Post Office/Mail Carrier/Intro to Our Addresses Related Field Trip: Post Office Garbage Man
COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM CONTINENTS MAP
COUNTRY/FLAG, MY: Independence Day, Various Indian Religions, Festivals as well as International Festivals
CREATIVE & OPEN-ENDED ART NOTES
CUTTING STAGES: (These activities include other fine motor also, not just cutting activities): Tearing Snipping Fringing Cutting Strips Cutting on a Line Cutting Shapes Cutting Stages Review & More 1 2 3
CRICKET (WHAT IS IT?) (GROSS MOTOR)
D
DADS
DAILY SCHEDULE & HELPER CHART OPTIONS
DENTIST/DENTAL HEALTH Related Field Trip: Visit from Dentist
DIAMOND SHAPE
DINOSAURS
DIWALI FESTIVAL
DUSSEHRA FESTIVAL
E
EARTH DAY + COMMUNITY HELPER "MR. GARBAGE MAN" + RECYCLING + Nature
EASEL PROJECTS and alot more related to art:
General Activities & Painting On Circles/Abstract Paintings
Texture Painting On Brown Paper Bag Leaf Shapes/Square Stencils
Feather Painting On Triangles
Painting With Evergreen Boughs On Stars
Salt Painting On Rectangles
Painting With Various Sized Brushes On Paper Hearts
Painting On Diamonds With Roller Brushes
Painting On Ovals With Water Color Paints and Creating Pastels
Chalk & Water Painting On Flower Shapes
EASTER Easter Egg Hunt/Party
EMERGENCY NUMBERS IN INDIA / LOCAL
END OF THE YEAR PROGRAMS
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION THEMES:
Beautiful Earth (An Introduction to Nature) Beautiful Trees Beautiful Rocks Beautiful Sky (Sun, Moon, Stars) Beautiful Mountains Beautiful Wild Animals (Endangered) Beautiful Water (Oceans, Rivers, Lakes) Earth Day/Recycling/Mr. Garbage Man Beautiful Wildflowers Beautiful Beaches and/or Deserts
F
FAIRY TALES
FALL (Includes Leaves, Owls, Squirrels, and Nuts)
FAMILY & HOME Related Field Trip: Visit From Mother-To-Be Early Indian Homes and Traditional Family Life ; Grandparents Day Learning my phone number Learning my address Poison Prevention In the Home
FARM Related Field Trip: Visit a Farm Creative Drama: Farm Little Boy Blue & Little Bo Peep
FATHERS & FATHER'S DAY
FEELINGS
FIELD TRIPS (GENERAL NOTES & TIPS) specific themes for thematic field trips)
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES (Including Play-Doh Notes) & FINGERPLAYS
FINE MOTOR: CUTTING WITH SCISSORS (AND OTHER FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES): CUTTING STAGES (UNDER THE LETTER C ABOVE)
FINGERPLAYS & OTHER FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES
FIRE FIGHTERS/FIRE SAFETY Related Field Trip: Fire Station Creative Drama: Fire Station
FISH
FIVE SENSES: Sight Taste and Smell Touch Hear
FLAG/COUNTRY, MY: India /Presidents/Prime Ministers
FLOWERS, SUMMER
FOOD & NUTRITION (CLASSROOM THEME IDEAS) Also see: Creative Drama: Grocery Store Related Field Trip: Visit a Grocery Store
FOOTBALL (WHAT IS IT?) (GROSS MOTOR)
FRIENDS
FROST
FRUITS (FOOD AND NUTRITION)
G
GANESH CHATURTHI FESTIVAL
GALLOPING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
GARBAGE MAN + EARTH DAY + RECYCLING
GERMS/HEALTHY HABITS & BATHROOM SELF-HELP SKILLS
GRANDPARENTS DAY
GRADUATION; PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN IN BANGALORE/PUNE/DELHI; SAYING GOOD-BYE Last Day of School
GROSS MOTOR: Body Awareness, Balance; Roll & Bounce a Ball; Walking Variations, Catch, Throw; Fall Sport: Football Run, Gallop, Hit an Object; Jump, Push & Pull, Roll Our Bodies; Climbing; Winter Sports; Kicking Balance Beam Activities Hop Skip, Review of All Basic Movements; Summer Sports; Sports Day
GROWING THINGS: Safety with Growing Things; Spring
H
HALLOWEEN (& Halloween Alternatives)
Trick-or-Treat Safety Spiders/Little Miss Muffet Pumpkin Patch Field Trip Halloween Party Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater Creative Drama: Haunted House
HEALTH & SAFETY CHECKLIST & REMINDERS FOR TEACHERS
HEALTHY HABITS & BATHROOM SELF-HELP SKILLS
HEART SHAPE : VALENTINE'S DAY
HELPER CHART OPTIONS & DAILY SCHEDULE TIPS
HEROES
HEY, DIDDLE, DIDDLE
HIBERNATION Also see: Creative Drama: Cave
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK
HISTORY THEMES:
     When My Grandparents Were Children (Grandparents Day)
     Republic Day
     Early Indian Homes and Traditional Family Life
     Christmas Celebrated Long Ago
     Mahatma Gandhi
     Nehru/ Mother Teresa Famous Indians
     Early Forms Of Transportation
     A Place Called Jim Corbett (India's First National Park)
     Remembering My Year At Preschool and Day Care
HOME/FAMILY LIFE Related Field Trip: Visit From Mother-To-Be Modern Indian Homes and Nuclear Family Life
HOLI FESTIVAL
HOPPING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
HUMPTY DUMPTY
I
ICE
IEP CHECKLIST
INDIAN FESTIVALS Gods, Goddesses, Mantras, Aarti, Festival Recipes for Creative Cooking
J
JUMPING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST CURRICULUM
K
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI FESTIVAL
KICKING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
KINDERGARTEN (PREPARING FOR FORMAL SCHOOLS/MOCK INTERVIEW PROGRAM); GRADUATION; SAYING GOOD-BYE
L
LANGUAGE, LETTERS & PHONICS
LARGE MUSCLE ACTIVITIES: See GROSS MOTOR
LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR/PICNIC IN THE PARK
LEARNING CENTERS & TIPS
LEAVES, FALL
LEFT VS RIGHT
LEMONADE SALE
LESSON PLAN FORM (Weekly) & TIPS
LETTER ACTIVITIES:
     Intro To Letters, Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo      Pp and/or Pancakes In Pajamas Day Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz Review Of All Letters      Language, Letters, and Phonics
LITTLE BO PEEP
LITTLE BOY BLUE
LITTLE JACK HORNER
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
LITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE, THE Also enact: Creative Drama: Shoe House (English Production Play)
M
MAHA SHIVARATRI FESTIVAL
MAHAVIR JAYANTI FESTIVAL
MAIL CARRIER/POST OFFICE/INTRO TO OUR ADDRESSES Related Field Trip: Post Office
MANNERS
MARCH CURRICULUM
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY
MINI-GEOGRAPHY AND MULTI-CULTURAL ED:
Children Around the World (We're Alike, We're Different) (An Introduction)
Saying Hello and Goodbye Around the World
Homes/Family Life Around the World
Christmas Around the World
Winter Around the World
Clothing Around the World
Music and Dance Around the World
Foods and Mealtime Around the World
Games and Toys Around the World
Indian Local and National Festival and Celebrations
World Celebrations
MONEY, LEARNING ABOUT
MOTHER'S DAY Related Field Trip: Visit From Mother-To-Be
MUDSY SUDSY DAY
MUSLIM FESTIVALS CELEBRATIONS
     Bakri-Id
     Barah Wafat
     Id-ul-Fitr
MULTI-CULTURAL ED: SEE LISTINGS HERE (UNDER MINI GEOGRAPHY & MULTI-CULTURAL ED)
MUSIC RELATED TIPS/SONGS/MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Also specific themes for thematic musical activities
     Plus, Mini-Music Appreciation Themes:
     Introduction: The Sounds of Music Classical Country Vocal Jazz & The Blues Polka
     Patriotic/Intro to Indian National Anthem Folk New Age Caribbean
N
NAME RECOGNITION IDEAS
NATURE THEME: EARTH DAY
NATIONAL FESTIVALS
     Gandhi Jayanti
     Independence Day
     Republic Day
NUMBERS: Intro To Numbers, 0, 1, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, 11, 12 Numbers, Shapes, and Pre-Math Activities
NURSERY RHYMES:
     Mary Had a Little Lamb Little Miss Muffet Baa Baa Black Sheep
     Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
     The Little Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star & Little Jack Horner Three Little Kittens
     The Queen of Hearts Hey, Diddle, Diddle Old Mother Hubbard Little Boy Blue & Little Bo Peep
     Humpty Dumpty Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Hickory Dickory Dock; Wee Willie Winkie
NUTS
O
OBSERVATION METHODS, ASSESSMENT FORM and PARENT REPORT CARDS
OCEAN, THE
OCTAGON SHAPE
ONAM FESTIVAL
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
OPEN HOUSE & ORIENTATION IDEAS; TIPS FOR EASING PARENT-CHILD SEPARATIONS
OPPOSITES
ORGANIZATIONAL Activities (& other ways to make our pre school teaching lives easier)
ORIENTATION/OPEN HOUSE IDEAS; TIPS FOR EASING PARENT-CHILD SEPARATIONS
OVAL SHAPE
OWLS
P
PAINTING: SEE EASEL PROJECTS
PARENT BULLETIN BOARD TIPS
PARENT-CHILD SEPARATION TIPS; ORIENTATION/OPEN HOUSE IDEAS
PARENT INVOLVEMENT IDEAS & TIPS
PARENT/TEACHER SATURDAY MEETING TIPS
PETER, PETER, PUMPKIN EATER
PHONE NUMBER, LEARNING MY
PHONICS, LANGUAGE, & LETTERS
PLAYGROUND & CLASSROOM, BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH
POEMS, SAYINGS, & WORDS OF WISDOM
PONGAL FESTIVAL
POST OFFICE/MAIL CARRIER/INTRO TO OUR ADDRESSES Creative Drama: Post Office Related Field Trip: Post Office
POTPOURRI OF IDEAS
PRE-MATH ACTIVITIES: SEE: NUMBERS SHAPES Also see NUMBERS, SHAPES, & PRE-MATH ACTIVITIES
PRESIDENTS: Includes themes of: My Country/Flag; What is a President? Current President
Also refer: I-DAY; R-DAY
PULLING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
PUSHING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
Q
QUEEN OF HEARTS, THE
R
RAM NAVAMI FESTIVAL
RAIN, CLOUDS, & RAINBOWS
RAKHI FESTIVAL
RECTANGLE SHAPE
RECYCLING + EARTH DAY + COMMUNITY HELPER "MR. GARBAGE MAN"
RIGHT VS LEFT
ROLLING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR): ROLLING A BALL ROLLING OUR BODIES
RULES AND WHY WE HAVE THEM
RUNNING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
S
SAFETY (& HEALTH) CHECKLIST & REMINDERS FOR TEACHERS
SAFETY THEMES:
Keeping Safe at Home & School, Rules & Why We Have Them, What Is 100 for Police?
Understanding 108 for Medical and 101 for Fire; Trick-or-Treat Safety; Fire Safety
Accident Prevention In the Home; Toy Safety; Stranger Safety & What If I Get Lost? Safety with Animals; Auto & Street Safety; Safety With Growing Things; Sun & Water Safety
SCIENCE ACTIVITIES FOR ANYTIME specific themes for thematic science activities
Ice Experiments/Frost/Static Electricity
SEA, THE
SELF-HELP SKILLS
SENSES: Sight Taste and Smell Touch Hear
SIKH FESTIVALS
SHAPES:
Circle Square Triangle Star Rectangle Heart Diamond & Octagon Oval
Review of all shapes; Special Shapes Fun; More Shape Activities
SKIPPING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
SNOWY DAY (OR WINTER PICNIC AS IN INDIA)
SONGS & MUSIC RELATED TIPS/ INDIAN and Western MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Mini-Music Appreciation Themes for Production with Music Instructor:
     Introduction: The Sounds Of Music Classical Country Vocal Jazz & The Blues Polka
     Patriotic/Intro to National Anthem Folk New Age Caribbean
SPACE
SPECIAL DAYS OF FUN
SPIDERS & LITTLE MISS MUFFET
SPORTS DAY (GROSS MOTOR)
SPRING Growing Things; Safety with Growing Things
SQUARE SHAPE
SQUIRRELS
STAFF RELATIONSHIP TIPS with Other Staff, Children and Parents
STAR SHAPE refer to TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR
STATIC ELECTRICITY
SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITIES
SUMMER SPORTS (GROSS MOTOR)
SUMMER THEMES:
     Vacations & Recreation Sun & Water Fun, Sea & Fish, Summer Flowers More Water Fun Sun & Water Safety      Mudsy Sudsy Day Lemonade Sale Misc summer camp ideas Special Days of Fun      Creative Drama: The Beach      Also refer: Last Day of School/Picnic In Park Preparing for Kindergarten, Graduation, & Saying Good-bye
SUN FUN
T
TEACHING AIDS AND LEARNING GAMES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, MADE BY YKROK INTERNAL ED DEPT
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
TELEPHONE NUMBER, LEARNING MY
THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving Special Day Feast/Party
THREE LITTLE KITTENS
THROWING ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
TIME, CONCEPT OF
TRAFFIC LIGHTS
TRANSPORTATION Related Links: Auto & Street Safety Space Related Field Trip: Visit the Airport
TRIANGLE SHAPE
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR
V
VACATIONS & RECREATION THEME IDEAS
VALENTINE'S DAY Also see: Heart Shape Ideas Valentine's Day Party
VEGETABLES (FOOD AND NUTRITION)
W
WALKING VARIATION ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
WATER FUN 1 WATER FUN 2
WATER TABLE ACTIVITIES
Scrap Paper/Scissors Birdseed Cornmeal Rice Styrofoam Dirt Water Peas/Beans Sand More Water Table Options
WEATHER & CLOTHING ASSOCIATION/WINTER SELF-HELP SKILLS
WEE WILLIE WINKIE
WEEKLY LESSSON PLAN FORM
WIND & AIR
WINTER PICNIC
WINTER SELF-HELP SKILLS/WEATHER & CLOTHING ASSOCIATION
WINTER SPORTS ACTIVITIES (GROSS MOTOR)
WINTER
Hibernation; Weather & Clothing Association/Winter Self-Help Skills; Ice/Frost/Static Electricity Winter Around the World; Winter Picnic &/Or the (No snow in Urban Indian cities and a "Snowy Day Pretend Play" is great fun)
WORLD CELEBRATIONS (USA, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Latin America)