The Mother Goose Time curriculum that I use in the classroom applies child development theories and brain research to a unique model of teacher support, child experience, and family engagement.
At First Step Kindergarten Prep, my goal will be to determine each child’s individual educational needs, while also encouraging a love for learning in a classroom environment. Hand in hand with parents, I provide open communication with parents about what we are doing in the classroom.
Each month will have a theme, and I will be providing you with a monthly newsletter to let you know what we will be doing. I will be assessing each child throughout the year, so parents and myself can monitor growth and development socially and academically, and identify any challenges the student might have.
With only 6 children in the classroom, I can structure my teaching around each child and help each child grow tremendously throughout the year. One of my biggest goals is for students to love going to school, so their first experience in the classroom sets the tone for their entire educational career.
I will be using a curriculum called Mother Goose Time which is a research-based preschool curriculum that fosters a joy for learning through sensory-based experiences. I will also be using the Nevada state standards set out for preschool students in order to guide my teaching as well. Mother goose time is nationally recognized to align with state standards: NAEYC, Head Start, and Common Core.
A Word About Daily Routines
A daily routine will create an environment where children can experience a variety of planned and unplanned (yet intentional) activities. Children thrive under a balance of active and quiet times. Children will be offered a variety of learning experiences that include individual, small and large group settings. Within each of these settings, children will determine how long we explore each activity and they will impact in what way the activity evolves.
Here is an outline of what the routine at First Step Kindergarten Prep is
- Meet and Greet (outdoor play) – Each child will be welcomed to school. Outdoor free exploration of activity areas is encouraged.
- Writing – Children practice correct writing skills, grasp, and fine motor in order to develop good habits and to learn to express themselves through writing.
- Circle Time – Children sit in a large group and discuss the question of the day. Children explore the weather, calendar, learn a new rhyme or song and often play a small group game.
- Exploration – Children explore centers, activity areas and build with blocks, play with sand and water, make art, play dress-up, or choose books to explore.
- Small Group/One on One – While a few children participate in activities with the teacher, others play at centers directed towards learning letters, numbers and sight words.
- Snack – Children participate in snack preparation, hand washing, serving and clean-up.
- Outside Play – Children participate in active play outdoors. Natural playscapes will allow children to interact with bugs, plants, water, trees and nature.
- Story time – children will listen to a story as the teacher reads aloud. This will develop listening, and comprehension while encouraging a love for books, and exposing the children to many different genres of books.
- Art – Every day there is an art project that relates to the theme. Encouraging creativity and imagination while following through with a planned activity creates a love for learning and independence.
- Music Time – Learn new songs, and explore different sound mediums, directed towards helping us learn what we have gone over that day.
- Show & Tell (Fridays only) – Every Friday children will participate in sharing with the group an item that they have brought from home that is special to them.
I think it is very important for students to learn to give back and help their local community in some way, so we will spend time with residents of an Assisted Living home nearby to the school.
We know that animals, plants, water, and other aspects of the natural world delight children and draw them in as learners. As a result, our preschool will use nature or natural elements to achieve great educational results. I will be incorporating a variety of nature projects throughout the year. A few of our projects will include watching: caterpillars turn to butterflies, ladybug larvae turn to ladybugs, and chicks hatch from eggs.
As I mentioned before, communication will be key to a successful year. Parent link on this website will be a huge asset to everyone at our preschool. Once your student is enrolled parents will be given access to the Parent Link section of the website. Here is an overview of the different areas you will find after logging in:
Here you will find photos posted each week of your child participating in school. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to review and talk with your child about what they did that week. Photos help to develop memories, so this will be a great tool to help your child remember and review what they learned. I will also post any new information you might need for the following week. This will be updated every Friday.
This keeps you up to date on any special events or programs that are going on. You will also see volunteer opportunities if you would like to come into the classroom and help.
This gives you educational ideas and games that you can play/participate with your child. This will be updated monthly and based on the same thematic unit that we will be learning in the classroom.
Questions are always welcome! You can call, email, or meet with me as often as you would like throughout the year. I look forward to teaching your child, and am excited for an amazing year!