We had a few kiddos ( 5 to be exact -out of 16 ) that needed extra help this morning . Nothing was wrong with them in particular ( a hurt eye here and a ” my mom forgot to hug me ” there) and it caused us to slow down a cuddle a little longer. I have a lot on my plate right now and some decisions weighing on my mind so the extra cuddles were actually therapeutic to me as well. Hugs for everyone ! I love this about family child care . When we need to slow down we can. We do.
There was a lot of ” can you read this story to me” today. Elliette grabbed this big book that we read last week called ” Just Like Me ” and started reading and remembering the repetitive phrases. ” Just like me and ” not like me ” are repeated over and over.
Once a month we do new self portraits. This is a great example of being able to see how far a child can come in a year.
I did more work sampling observations to see where littles are at in their scissor cutting skills.
And there was a tiny science lesson. Elliette brought this shiny ” rock ” from home and found out quickly that it was magnetic. We had a new magnetic patterning toy out today and she laid her rock on the toy and it worked just like the wand attached. MAGIC !
It was a good day. I am still having much inner conflict about my teaching style and my lesson plans. I know.. that I know.. that I know.. what we are doing is right. I know with every fiber of who I am ( and I am backed by proven research ) that the experiences we offer is what is best for children. When it becomes a battle to me is when I need ( am required ) to put it on a lesson plan. In a traditional classroom everyone might sit down and learn how to use scissors . The way we teach is to watch for opportunities to help them with that skill when the child initiates their interest. If a child never goes to the art center to grab scissors I might as a teacher find a way to spike their interest. Example : Grayson loves the block center. He rarely leaves there. His fine motor skills are great but just to be sure I might step in the block center and say ” Grayson what are you building ?” ( A garage for cars.) Me” Oh ! What a great idea! What is the name of our business ?” ( Grayson’s Garage ) ” Hm… I wonder if it would be helpful to make a sign for your garage ? Would you like to make one ? Do you need my help ?” We don’t worry a lot about integrating this push until second semester. And what if… what if… Grayson did not become an expert at cutting before he left preschool ? Would that be the end of the world ? I think I let my teacher pride get to me sometimes. I wish more emphasis was placed on the important things they are great at when they leave preschool.
Many of our littles know how to use calm down techniques and frequently can be seen helping their friends gain control of emotions .
We have amazing little artist in our room. They don’t color in lines here . They don’t always color a tree green but their art work is original and detailed and wonderful.
I could go on and on. I am so proud of our preschool family. Can I just write that on my lesson plan and be done ?
A curriculum or lesson plan is not and can not be one size fits all. Do you see my struggle ? I can’t do 16 lesson plans .
Ill get this. It isn’t their problem and doesn’t change how we learn and live here.. its my problem. Ill get it.