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.
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!
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. 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.
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!