Last month was insane! It began with me preparing for a new schedule this month for the preschool. I added three classes to my day with 2 new children coming in everyday. It SOUNDS like a lot of work but it's not. It turns out it's lovely. I have it set up for my younger children to come in the morning and my older pre-k/preschool children come 1030-130 and 230-430. This allows me more one on one time with the children and I am in an even better position to individualize their learning goals.
I have found that Mother Goose Time is perfect for the new way I am running my classroom. The last two weeks of August we began working on learning about Fables. It was so awesome reading Aesop's Fables with the children. They loved the meanings behind the stories. They have also taken to talking about the lessons they have learned throughout the day. It's very cute.
I used the fables during the morning circle time for the young children to help with language skills and to help them learn how to listen while sitting in a group. The art projects were imaginative and fun for the children. They had so much license with what they could do creatively that it made the projects that much more fun. I even had a child invent an entire story around the art projects they designed. They began to create lessons that they could learn during play time. The way the stories were written in the Mother Goose Time made sure that they could understand them and even try to relate them back to their own lives. Such as the tortoise and the hare story. For the rest of the day the children were very focused on making sure their friends knew that not everything was a race and that it was ok to take their time.
Learning about Fables is something I never thought to introduce to preschool children. But the way Mother Goose Time worked it into their curriculum made it so that I could introduce it to my younger children. They were able to enjoy the stories even if they did not totally get the lesson that was attached. I am so excited to start the new school year and so far with the help of some well placed Fables...we are off to an excellent start.
Live Long and Keep Teaching!