After a lot of online research into preschool activities, I went to Schoolbox last night and bought a book of lesson plans. It’s written for teachers of preschool classes, so it has a few drawbacks for me to do on my own like lack of multiple kids for the games or lack of all the supplies and materials. I was going to buy some of the materials at Schoolbox to save time and effort, but then when looking at the stuff on the aisles I just kept thinking how I had all the stuff at home to make them by myself for free if I just put in the time. Thanks to scouts, scrapbooking, and leftover supplies from mom, i do have pretty good stash of craft supplies to get started with.
This morning we started our first day. It hasn’t gone very well, but I think it will be better once he gets used to the routine of it. Right now I can’t get him to focus on what I’m saying and pay attention. So far I’ve already learned that I need to get alllll the materials out ahead of time and when he isn’t around rather than right before each activity because it interrupts flow, and he is a nuisance when I’m trying to find certain supplies. This is something I would normally have done anyhow, but since I only finished getting the plans together late last night, I waited until today to find stuff. I’ve also learned that each activity takes twice as long as it should even though I only have one kid doing it because the darn kid won’t sit still. So here is my dilemma that I will need to research: Is it better to force the kid to do the activity because he needs to learn to pay attention and try each thing because he can’t just do what he wants 24/7, or is it better not to force the issue because learning should be fun and I don’t want him to resent/hate school stuffs. This might be easier to solve when I have all the activities put together before hand because I could just switch to a different learning activity that he might respond to better.
The unit for the next two weeks is All About Me.
[Lesson] Today’s lesson was about how people look different and are all unique. We took magazine cutouts of people and compared how their hair was alike and different (brown vs blonde, curly vs straight). I had him glue down cutouts of people’s eyes close-up and then compare them to family member’s eyes. we also watched a sesame street segment about what would happen if we all looked the same. sesame street has a video player and you can search an attribute or lesson and it brings up clips from the show related to that. soo neat.
[art] we made a paper plate face of lucas making it look like him. i asked him what was on his face and he pointed to his eyes and said “eyes,” so i pulled googley eyes out of a bag for him to glue down – and so on until he had all the parts of his face.
[language] then on the back we listed words that describe lucas’s personality like “sporty, problem-solver, etc.”
[music] I tried to teach him a song called I’m Special off youtube, but he told me the song was terrible.
There were more parts to today’s lesson plan, but we didn’t get to them because a) I started too late and we ran out of time and b) they required materials I don’t have or multiple kids to do. Tomorrow’s activities are a continuation of today’s lesson.