I am not a big believer of using a set curriculum in the Early Childhood Setting. A curriculum that has been bought. In my classroom we observe, assess and plan for the children in the room. We don't repeat things year after year and we only use what works for the children in the room. We try and focus on topics that the children in the room love. We try and expand their horizons and introduce new ideas.
We have a lot of teacher meetings or quick side convo's about what we hear the kids saying to one another or what we are observing in the classroom. So we can plan around the things that interest them. If we have several kids who like to head to the bathroom just to play in the water, seems to us we better plan for some water activities in the classroom! This is how we plan. It works for us.
We do pick themes and we do have certain letters, shapes, numbers and colors on our focus board every week.
If we notice a kid needs more cutting practice we add that to the lesson plans, in a way that works with the preselected theme.
Using a curriculum that is ever changing and based on the kids, ensures that everyone is getting what they need from us. We have a wide range of skill sets in our classrooms. From children who are just starting to learn their letters to kiddos who are already learning to read. We have to be able to plan things that will engage each student no matter their skill level.
At the beginning of our school year in September, the other teachers and I were eating lunch in between classes and the conversation navigated towards what we wanted and needed for our classroom. What did we want to buy and what money were we going to buy all these wants with? We started debating on fundraisers. We wanted something we would enjoy doing but also something that would really draw peoples attention. First we thought hosting a craft fair, we have alot of mom-preneurs as preschool parents, so we thought about hosting a fair that would share their talents and artistry. So we proceeded with thoughts on this for a week....
The whole idea just kept getting larger and just became overwhelming. It started to feel like it was too much. We tabled the idea and went back to the drawing board. The idea finally came, we LOVE books! All three of us have a book addiction, we can't pass up a book, and book sale and we love using our scholastic points every month. A used books sale was the perfect fit for us.
We picked a date for our sale and started collecting books, we asked parents to donate their used books, we also asked them to post collections bins at their churches, work place, or their grocery store. We posted on the schools Facebook page, on our personal pages, and the books started coming in. We were starting to feel more confident in our decision to do a book sale to raise funds.
The hardest part was not wanting to keep all of the books for ourselves. The best part was getting to organize all of the books. For our sale we chose to do books for all ages. However we did receive more children's books than adult books in our collecting. Which made it even harder not to want to keep all of the books!
Our book sale is tomorrow, I am anxious to see how well the sale will go and how much we will be able to raise. My biggest worry at the moment is that right now a snow storm is passing through and they are predicting several inches. I'm afraid this will keep people away. Wish us luck tomorrow! I will post an update to let everyone know how the sale went for us and how much snow actually fell!
Well the sale didn't go so well. We did however make a little over $200 but were expecting to make at least a little more. We have decided to extend our 50/50 raffle tickets over the next week and see if that brings in a little more. For now we will use the $200 right up buying what we can on our want list!