Each Month we are working on a Color and a Shape. We just incorporate those into the lessons each week.
Each Week we are working on a Letter. Different Letter each week. This week was “A”, next week is “B”, and so on.
We meet twice a week for two hours each day and each mom takes a week in rotation. So this week, I had the group both days. Then I won’t have them again for another 5 weeks. Next week, another mom has them both days, and so on.
Each Day we have it broken down into a pretty set schedule. It’s nice because you can be flexible with it, but the kids always will know what is coming next. With five ~3 year olds, their attention span isn’t very long, so we have to keep them moving! It has worked out great!
Our daily schedule is like this:
9:00 - 9:20 Focused Free Play time (while everyone is arriving) then clean up
9:20 - 9:30 Pick helpers for the day, Weather and Day charts
9:30 –9:40 Song w/ finger plays time – Itsy Bitsy Spider, 5 little Monkeys, etc.
9:40 - 9:55 Writing/Worksheet Time
9:55 – 10:10 Snack and then clean up (put their bowls in the sink)
10:10 – 10:20 Story/Quiet Time. Quietly read books, then I read them a story or two.
10:20 – 10:35 Craft Time
10:35 – 10:45 Large Motor Skill Activity
10:45 - 10:55 Free Play with Toys time
10:55 Clean Up
It has been GREAT! And I don’t feel rushed. I can adjust it as I need each week. That is how we are running the daily schedule!
Focused Free Play is that we are all working on one activity together. Play Dough, Sensory Box of Beans, Building Blocks, Puzzles, ..that kind of thing!
Helpers we use: Weather Helper, Snack Helper, Craft Helper, Writing Helper, and Special Helper
Large Motor Skill Activity can be anything to help build muscles. I have a 6’ parachute they LOVE!, play twister (learning right and left) running games, etc..
Writing time: Here are a few websites we use:
but really, we use anything we can find that we want to use for the week that relates to the letter, color, or shape. Please share with us any other great websites you know of, we would greatly appreciate it!
The kids are soooo EXCITED, and so are the mom’s! We just finished our first week, and my son has asked me 3 times already today when the next preschool day is!