This past month, I have spent several hours getting everything ready for the new preschool year. Thanks to the Mother Goose Time curriculum, I can spend less time gathering materials and planning themes and more time focused on how I am going to teach them and how I can make the learning more accessible to them.
My Circle Time Wall
One of my biggest focuses for getting ready for preschool is my circle time wall. This wall does so much for the students the whole year long! We do most (if not all) of our learning gathered around this wall. My circle time wall includes the calendar, weather, the letter for the day, the number for the day, the color of the month, the shape of the month, the month’s overall theme, and the daily theme. This year, I also included an interactive alphabet, the alphabet in sign language, jobs for the students, our daily schedule, and our character trait for the month. The students can easily see what we are learning that day and our learning focus for the month.
Another reason I love the wall so much is because it helps me, as the teacher, remember what we are learning and emphasize concepts as we learn it in every activity we do that day/month. Even during play time, I can emphasize a concept. The character trait this month is “kind”. I can easily see that on the wall and remember to point out kind things the students do for each other throughout the day. This will not only teach them what it means to be kind, but it will build a sense of unity in the classroom and help everyone feel like they belong. I have also found that this age group loves praise. So, when I start praising one student for being kind, most of the time the rest follow and start doing kind things so they can get recognized for it too.
Another reason I love the wall is because everything we learn for the month is on the wall for the whole month. The students can look and try to remember the things they are learning.
Tables and Chairs
We do all of our art activities at the tables. The students get to sit in a chair and have their own space to create. We play math and reading games at the tables as well. I make sure that the tables are always clear of clutter so the students have their own space.
I have several learning play centers throughout the room. Most of the play centers are ones they play on the floor. I leave open spaces for them to move around and play. I have a dramatic play center, a blocks center, a kitchen center, and lots of other toys the students can take out and play with on the floor.
Preschool starts next week and we cannot wait to explore the new theme: Friends and Feelings!
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!