Preschool will be held on Monday & Thursday from 9-11:30. Hopefully this will be the perfect amount of time, not to rushed to get the lessons done, but not to long that Mom feels like a babysitter!
We will start with
Music – 4-5 songs that will rotate monthly along with a couple that are repeated each day (Welcome song, days of the week, months of the year, alphabet.)Pledge
Show and Tell – one child per week - the child of the Mom that is teaching, can be related to any of the days lessons.
Review last lessons
Phonics lesson - Using Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. I LOVE this book and hope that it translates well to preschool! We will do two lessons per week. For writing practice, rather than printing letter sheets each week each child with have a letter workbook. (Thank you dollar store!)
Math lesson/activity - Patters, sorting, more & less, length, etc. Games are the perfect way to teach math and keep the kids engaged. We will not be practicing writing our numbers, but instead focus on understanding the concepts.Snack time - Mom who teaches provides snack.
Story time - One or two books, focusing on asking comprehension questions (what do you think will happen next? Is he sad or mad? etc. It was pointed out to me, and I agree that it's great to use the same story(s) for both Monday and Thursday so the kids can anticipate what comes next and get more in depth with the comprehension questions.Themed lesson/ Craft – One day do a craft, the other a themed lesson. This is up to the teacher(Mom's) discretion as to which day they fall on. The lesson could be first with the craft based on it, or the craft presenting the new topic. Whichever works best that week. The themed lessons will be rotated monthly. It's up to the Mom teaching to pick something in the theme to present. Lots of flexibility here!
The themes are:
Community helpers(Firefighter, policeman, librarian, etc.) -September
American Heroes (Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Abigail Adams, etc.)-October
History of Thanksgiving(Including Columbus) -November
Christmas(either around the world, true Christmas story, etc.) -December (first 2 weeks)
Animals – focusing on Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and Fish each week -January
President’s Day – Lincoln & Washington – Valentine’s day craft -February
Weather science – rain, wind, sun, air, volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods -March
Fun science experiments -April
Preschool will end in April so May is free for older sibling activities.
Free Play - I like to keep it to around 30 minutes so the kids really get to have fun with their friends, but not long enough that Mom is left babysitting.
We will be using the stoplight discipline strategy. Staying on green & yellow gets a sticker or stamp at the end of the day. I doubt that we will need to use it much, mostly in cases of hitting or other similar activities. Fidgeting, talking out of turn, etc. are normal for this age and will be met with encouragement to pay attention.
That's it! I'm sure it will run smoothly and be a stress free, wonderful experience for both Rora & Mommy!