Located in Nibley, Utah

Friday, July 29, 2011

Morning Class Schedule

Below you will find a basic daily schedule for my morning class.  Each week will focus on a different theme such as colors, texture, senses, letters, and numbers, etc.  Class size is kept small to allow for plenty of one-on-one time with the teacher.


9:30 kids arrive
        circle time
9:50 self-selected activities
          sensory table
          dramatic play area
          reading corner
          art center
          writing center

10:20 snack time

10:35 outside play
10:50 continue self-selected activities
11:10 circle time

11:30 children leave for home

During circle time the class will gather as a group for a short lesson concerning the week's theme, followed by games, activities, stories, and songs.  This is a time when children will be learning and practicing social skills such as taking turns and conversing with others.  Some activities will include math concepts such as  sorting, counting, and identifying numbers.  Other circle time activities will focus on early literacy skills such as letter recognition, storytelling, and concepts about print.

During this time the children will be free to choose from a variety of activities.  The sensory table will be filled with water, sand, dry beans, slime, or other substances that encourage scientific exploration.  Dress-ups and props will be available in the dramatic play area to encourage make-believe and imaginative play.  Art supplies at the easel will provide a chance for children to experiment with cause and effect, use thier creativity, and develop both large and fine motor skills.  The writing center will house paper, books, pencils, rubber letter stamps, and other supplies to allow for early writing skills.  A quiet corner of the room furnished with soft pillows and books will allow for early reading skills to develop.  During this time, I will be working closely with the children to guide thier exploration and learning.

Each day the children will be offered a nutritious, low-sugar or no-sugar snack, such as crackers, cheese, fruits, and vegetables.  This time will help the children develop thier social skills, as well as talk about nutrition and health.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Philosophy on Early Childhood Education

If you visit my classroom, you will not find neat rows of desks with children working quietly on their worksheets.  In fact, you will likely see no worksheets at all.  You will, however, see children playing.  You will see children creating.  You will hear children talking and laughing and singing.  You will likely see some big messes being made.  It may even look and sound chaotic at first glance.  There is a reason for all of this.  Children learn through play.  Children learn by doing and exploring.  They are most attentive to activities they choose, and remember best what they have discovered themselves.  Children learn by using all of their senses, and through process-oriented rather than product-oriented activities. 
As a preschool teacher, my job is not to teach the children as much as it is to guide them in their discoveries.  My job is to create an environment that is rich in things to discover, ways to create, and opportunities to explore.  I then let the children lead and I act as a guide in this wonderful thing called learning.