I missed posting on Thursday because of all the vacation fun I have been having. But I did want to make sure that you guys were given a sneak peek at the classroom! I have been working extra hard (While watching Batman), to set up the classroom with all the new materials I have gotten from Mother Goose Time #MGT.
For the background I went to Staples and got cloud poster board and taped it to the back ground. A teacher's best friend is recycled materials, which is what I used for the water on the board. Using a science trifold board is easiest because I have limited space. What I have found since becoming an in home preschool teacher, is that you have to get creative with the space you do have. Because I have other things to hang up I needed to use something that was easy to store once we are done with Circle time. The board is easy for the children to reach and see during circle time but big enough to draw their eye.
Probably the best part of the Mother Goose Time curriculum is the increase in manipulatives they have sent. The stamps and magnetic puzzles mean that I have things on hand that can be put in place of the toys that do not go with the theme for the month. I have decided that I am going to order the Toy Box for the next couple of months that go along with the theme. I have always wanted to try it and figure that this is the perfect time.
Storage of the curriculum is something all early educators struggle with. I myself have been using Mother Goose Time for 4 years and I have been having a hard time figuring out how to store pieces for easy access. I did spend sometime losing pieces. But that is because I am one of those weird people who organize my house and end up less organized and unable to find things than before I fixed the mess. I feel better though because, from speaking to other teachers, I am not the only one in this predicament. So, yay? :) Any-who, I got a crate from Staples and used that to hold folders. I labeled the folders with the days of the week and circle time. I will organize the materials according to the day that I will use them and if they will be used during circle time. Pieces can be laminated during the weekend for use during the week. This allows me to understand the projects we will be working on and have modifications on hand. There is more to worry about than just age modifications. Making sure that the children are ready for the activity and that I have everything to make them happy is of utmost importance.
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