Thursday, August 5, 2010
Starting the School Year
Look in any weekly sale ad and you will be inundated with school supply sales. This means school is just around the corner and preschool is no different.
Although the Preschool Curriculum at ABC Jesus Loves Me can be started whenever it is convenient, both curriculum were created to start the end of August. By starting at this time, the Bible themes and review weeks match the major holidays.
My goal is that there is virtually no prep work (other than gathering supplies) to begin the preschool school year.
There are a few thoughts that I would like to pass along as you begin thinking about this start in a few days.
· Evaluate what you child knows and does not know. Using the Objective Checklist, take an inventory of what your child already knows. Do not be frustrated if your child does not know much of the curriculum. The great news is that if you follow the lesson plans, you child should know the majority of the checklist by the end of the curriculum!!
· Start slow. During the hot summer months, planned learning has probably taken a considerable second to swimming, playing in the park, and family vacations. It may take several weeks to get into the groove of "school" again.
· Be specific. Designate specific times into your week that will be used for school activities only. This may be the time that you do writing activities, reading, or Bible story. Example Daily Schedules
- Review the weekly objectives each morning. This will enable you to pull the specific learning from normal-day activities. Printable Objective Posters
· Do not stress. Remember, you are preparing your child for Kindergarten and not Harvard Law School.
· Enjoy the time. Look at the time that you have to spend with your child several times a week as a gift from God. The preschool years go by so quickly.
Note: With the large amount of curriculum offered on this website, there is bound to be errors and overlooked issues. It will greatly bless me if you will take a moment and email me those thoughts and ideas.