So, January is a weird month. The children are not prepared to be back and while I am super excited. Often they are not as excited as I am. Trying to get back on a schedule is very hard. Especially since there is another Holiday after we come back from Christmas Vacation.
Last week, we were only at school for four days. And I thought this blog entry would be a good way to address how I handle coming up a day short when I have five lessons for the week. Because I am a home preschool program I do not have the space for any of the extras within my home. So instead of having an extra day floating around the house. I double up the days. So Friday we ended up doing Thursday and Friday lessons.
It may seem hard but it's about prioritizing what you consider important in both lessons. Because the mornings is when we do most our Mother Goose Time lessons I only have room for 3 centers. So the children work on the major art projects from both days at 2 of the centers and the 3rd center is which ever day has the best math activity for the children.
Unfortunately, the day did not go as planned. The dinosaur feet were very teacher involved and they were not interested in coloring them and the dinosaur body activity did not interest them at all. The math activities needed me to be involved which I could not do with the other activities needing me to be at the table. So I had them build dinosaurs with the blocks as the activity. They ended up loving the feet after they were put together and at the end of the day we danced to "we are the dinosaurs" by the Laurie Berkner Band. I think I may have put them together a little wrong since the tiny feet could not seem to lift their feet during the dance without the dino feet flying across the room.
Surprisingly the biggest hit with the kids would have to be the dinosaur twister. They giggled the entire time! I switched the directions for this activity because I have a small room and I didn't want them running around the classroom and bumping into friends. So I set out the squares and I had them stand on the squares when they spun the color and had them say the color in sign language. They then stood on the color. It was awesome. Probably one of my favorite activities of the month.
While the day was more hectic than I initially wanted, and it was harder to keep the kids engaged, there are ways around some of the issues that come with children just not being into the lesson. Sometimes you may have to dance more, or you can just move activities to the next day. No matter what activities you remove or which you keep, the children are still learning something. Something awesome we did was went on a Bear hunt and that helped calm them down :)
Until next time.
Live long and Keep Teaching!