So, most of you know that I have “big kids.” They are 10, 12, and 14. So obviously I won’t be teaching them preschool.
I have missed preschool so so much. I feel like teaching 4 year olds was my best teaching. I had complete confidence in what I was doing. I had so so much fun. I ended up leaving the next year to teach full time at a public school and while I loved a lot of things about it, it was so hard for me and I ended up inpatient because of my severe anxiety/panic attacks and depression. It may have happened anyway, but I think it would have been less likely.
Life has had a lot of major ups and downs since I taught preschool in 2012/2013. I am finally at a point in which I am ready to use my gifts to serve others.
So, I asked a few friends if I could do preschool with their kids!
I call it “homeschool preschool” because obviously it’s not the same scenario as an actual preschool with the classroom and 15-18 kids. It’s just a few and in my home :-). So it’s homeschool preschool.
My mom was the director at a head start in our town growing up and I would volunteer and help with things. Then in high school I took a class called Early Childhood Professions where I learned all about teaching littles and I got to work with kids 2-3 days a week… infants through first graders. It set the stage for my love for preschool.
Then I got a degree to teach early childhood through 4th grade. I went to Texas State University where they had an amazing education program. Everything that I already knew was reiterated and added to.
Years later and I’ve realized a few things. I actually prefer homeschooling MY kids now that they are bigger, but I LOVE teaching other people’s preschoolers so much.
I decided to use The Peaceful Preschool as a spine to have some structure in my planning. It’s very hands-on and play based which is important to me. I will add so much to it, though. I love looking for new and fun ideas. I will focus on literature, nature studies, art, sensory activities, fine motor skills, music and singing, movement, a little bit of ABCs and 123s, lots of fun themes, and Bible!
This is an example of the charts that are at the beginning of each unit. The following pages have complete lesson plans with supply lists, and detailed instructions. I will definitely add to and take away from because that’s my nature, but I also like that it’s a good place to start.
I have so many amazing books! I had some to start with, then I got a whole bunch at thrift stores. I might have spent $15 total on them!
Here are the books that I already had:
I got these big books at Goodwill in Abilene!
And these books I got at our thrift store and Goodwill.
Luckily I had quite a bit of craft supplies because my kids still love crafting! But I did have to add to this area because I don’t have everything that I would need for fine motor activities, art, sorting/counting, etc. So I bought some things for this. I just added to what I already had and organized it. I got most of the baskets from thrift stores.
I have some smaller items like buttons and things, but I will be right there with them. They will mostly be for counting and sorting, but also maybe for crafts!
The main “circle time” area will actually be in my bedroom. I wanted to create a space in my office, but I’m having a hard time figuring that out. We’ll see if I am able to make it work. In the meantime, I like what I have set up!
I cannot wait to start sharing the activities that we are doing. This is going to be my favorite thing. Check back!