Preschool

The Eaglets

If you have been following me at all (or know me!), then you know that I have big kids.  They are 10, 12, and 14.  Obviously I don’t have preschool aged kiddos, so why am I talking about preschool now?

I have been learning about preschool education since I was little.  My mom was the Head Start director in our little town for 10 years, then I went on to take an early childhood professions class for two years in high school where I learned about writing and implementing lessons, creating centers, sensory activities, fine motor activities, math activities, and more! Then!  I got a degree in education and learned how to teach early childhood through 4th grade (and then I got certified for 4-8th and ESL).

Then!  I taught preschool and fell in love.  It is really the only age where I feel 100% confident that I know what I’m doing and that I’m really good at it.  I feel that God created me for this.  Truly.

I guess you can imagine how much I have longed for teaching preschool again after leaving my favorite teaching position in 2013 to get a full time teaching job to make more money.

Anyway… I won’t go into the long story about our move here and life as we have known it.

Here we are in 2020.  With big kids but still a desire to teach preschool.

I decided to ask a few friends how they would feel about me teaching their littles.

Two of them are very excited so I will be starting by teaching two 3 year olds that I adore.  Even though it’s just two kiddos, I take it very seriously and will teach them like I would a classroom full.

Since we are Camp Eagle, I am calling them “The Eaglets” which are baby Eagles.

Preschool/Homeschool Room

The preschool/homeschool room has come together nicely.  It’s going to be the perfect space for quiet reading for my kids (and Robert and me), space to teach preschoolers, and a good place for the kids’ books, curriculum, and supplies.  We will probably do our morning time here often.

Curriculum and Lesson Planning

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!

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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.

Books

I have so many amazing books!  I had some to start with, then I got a whole bunch at thrift stores.  This keeps growing every time I go thrifting.

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.

Supplies

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!

This will continue growing over time!

I cannot wait to get started!