Kids Just Wanna Have Fun…so do the teachers is an excellent resource for all preschool teachers and directors. Rather you are just setting up a program and teaching for the first year, or a teacher for many years that is looking for inspiration to liven up what you are already doing.
"The building blocks of preschool are the foundation that the rest of a child's education will build upon. Make it a solid foundation."
These are the opening words to my book Kids Just Wanna Have Fun…so do the teachers. This book is the foundation of the Kids Just Wanna Have Fun curriculum and all of our other Kids Just Wanna Have Fun books. This book takes you through the building blocks.
#1-GETTING YOUR MIND READY
What Preschool is all about….thoughts about what brings us to this profession.
What Kind Of Classroom Do I Want?….thoughts about choosing from 3 different classroom types.
A Good Teacher Always/A Good Teacher Never…qualities of both good and not good, teaching methods.
What Kind Of Rules Do You Need?…thoughts on making and enforcing rules. Plus an easy to make sign to hang in your classroom that children can "read" themselves.
School Was Great Today Because….looking for the positive in your busy day.
Avoiding Burn-Out….7 things to help keep you loving what you do.
#2-SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM
Play Areas Basic Set Up….what to include in 10 different free play areas (centers).
Play Area Signs…signs to place in each of the 10 free play areas (centers).
Making The Signs From Objects…fun ideas if you want more creative signs.
When I Play … I Learn Signs…. signs to print and hang in each free play area explaining to parents and classroom visitors what the children are learning while playing in each area.
#3-FILLING YOUR BULLETIN BOARDS
Bulletin Boards That Show Off What The Children Are Learning Plus Patterns- including; a greeting board (outside room) - calendar (at greeting/circle time area) -a social board -singing time board-end of yearbook board -around the room and above the tables classroom decoration ideas.
A School Year Long Curriculum Plan Including 9 Different Areas…social -music -language -gross motor -fine motor -readiness -science -art -music.
#5-GETTING READY FOR THE CHILDREN
Labeling Cubbies-Name Tags -Emergency Plans -Twist on Show & Tell.
#6-SCHEDULE OF THE DAY
Formula For Planning Daily Activities….free play -greeting /circle time -small group -out door -snack -singing.
#7-KEEPING THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN
Preschool PR….let school know what you're up to-communication between home and school - weekly highlights-monthly calendars -progress report card (3 turning 4 & 4 turning 5).
#8-FINISHING UP THE SCHOOL YEAR
End Of Year Book Patterns -bulletin board pieces saved from each child go into a keepsake book about each child's year in preschool.
MORE THAN 220 PAGES OF GREAT IDEAS!