Preschool 2.0!

So, even though changes are happening. I have 2 boys who are smart little whips! They blew through our basic stuff all Spring and early Summer.

I knew that I needed to expand our day to keep them enthusiastic about school.

So, after much research, I chose a printable curriculum to add to our daily Time4Learning preschool lessons. Yes, we did printables last year but it was what I found here and there, not a laid out 10 month crafts, theme, lessons, books, etc. day. I have learned that I am too busy with these kids AND homeschooling AND my online work AND running a childcare AND running a house to make sure I get it all covered.

This has a theme for the month, with letters, numbers, shapes, etc. you are working on. Craft ideas with supplies needed and directions, books that you can use along with the theme, printables, circle time songs, ideas for sensory bins, etc. I am really pleased and excited to try it.

We will be reviewing all our T4L lesssons but will be jumping around so that we can use them along with our hand work and it should go together.

We start next Tuesday! I have the first 3 days aka next Tues-Thurs planned out and bought the few supplies I did not have. Changed a few things around to suit my kiddos AND found a few more ideas on Pinterest! LOVE Pinterest!

Trying to decide if I want to get a lesson planner so I don’t have to scribble all over the teacher handbook for this program. Then I can write down what I am adjusting this year, additions, etc.

Next week is Welcome to school, creating our face(still need to grab a couple of cheap mirrors for this) in a craft, apples and the letter A. I need to get a couple of different apples this weekend for us to taste and graph as well. And print all the stuff out for the week.

Stay tuned for further adventures of Preschoolers Day by Day and updates on HOW our preschool year goes! Cross your fingers!

Changes are blowing in the wind….

The one complaint I have about in-home childcare, is that things do not seem to stay the same for long.

Sometimes I have kids long-term, some times I have them for a short period.

Sometimes I make projection plans, only to have them not work because things aka kids change their attendance.

It is the downside to this. Upside is all the cuteness, hugs, giggles and fun we have and I figure even if I only have that kiddo for a little bit, at least I know I made a difference in their life.

I am losing a long time kiddo. 2+ years he has been with me. He has gone from 1 day a week to 2, then full-time. His parents recently bought a house outside of town and it is too hard to bring him in daily. He will go down to 1 day a week so Mom can come into town and take care of business.  That will continue until he starts school Fall 2017.

I have had inquiries from past clients and we are working out the details.

But new kids means adjustment of all the schedules, all the cubbies, all the colors kids are assigned. Lots of changes in the past week to get things to work. Yep, I could wait until October when it actually happens but that isn’t how I roll. It would stress me out. Easier to start getting it changed NOW, so it goes smoothly once it happens.

Plus next week we are to start our Preschool lessons and I need to get ready for those too. Plus we are doing much more scheduled mornings, so THAT will cut into my get ready for upcoming changes time!

And FALL seems to be lurking around the corner, so we need to grab and hang on to any of our outside time that we can. Before the rains come back and we are once again, housebound.

Stay tuned for further adventures of Preschoolers Day by Day!