Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Curriculum Blog Hopping

A friend sent me an email about a NOT Back TO School Blog Hop and I thought it would be fun. Each week we will explore different things. This week is CURRICULUM!

So hold on to your britches as I try to explain what I plan to do.

I think first it would be best to state two things:

I am a home preschool that is state funded. ( Lucky I know!) We have certain guidelines to meet including using " approved " curriculum.

I havent quite grown into what kind of teacher I want to be yet. I have finally been rescued from the idea that 3- 5 year olds need school- type structure and " the importance of getting them ready for school" through worksheets , flashcards , etc... I believe that children learn best through play. I believe that a child that is given a safe, loving , positive and intent play experience, will learn far more and be more socially and emotionally " ready" for the world of academia .

So... how to I blend those two important elements of my curriculum building?

One... the state has a free preschool curriculum that is based much on literacy. It is called Adventures in Learning. I use that as my foundation for my " plans for the week". On that I build.

This past spring I toured a Reggio Amelia School and I SO want to be " that". :)
But I just cant grasp the whole concept. I also LOVE the Montessori ways of teaching in their practical life experiences. I would much rather a child develop their fine motor skills spooning beautiful sparkly beads from one tiny cup to another than the old " trace this line" business.

So... my curriculum this year will be a mixture of several styles. But the bottom line is - I want my kids to feel safe. I want them to gain confindence in what they say and do. I want them to smile and giggle and play... like 3 , 4 and 5 year olds should do.

And somewhere

In the middle of that,

It is my job

As the teacher

to expose them and teach them so they will be on target with all those kids who are sitting miserably at a table listening to a teacher who hates her job hold a alphabet chart and chant A is for Apple . AAA over and over to them.

At my house we will be cutting an apple, cooking an apple, painting with an apple, reading a book about apples , tossing apples , tasting an apple and sharing an apple.

I love my job.


  1. I am so glad I found your blog!! We are just alike...I work for a center based preschool but we are also government funded through the ABC program...we also have to have agreed upon curriculum..and right now we use adventure in learning also!! I love it..i love the literacy of it...i also am trying to find some way to introduce more of the "teaching" part..the abc's , 123's, colors, shapes...all the things they need to know to start Kindergarten...the school district we are in has very high standards and these kids are supposed to be able to know more than what they should i am trying to find a good middle ground. The link in your post didn't i am going to try to find what this blog hopping is about!!!

  2. hmm.... it is at

    I hope.

    I bet I have met you at some point.. where do you work? I do music workshops also with my hubby. We are THE KIDDOS!

  3. So glad I found your blog, I do home preschool too, have been for 32 years, but seems things have changed quiet a bit, I love your site, and have added you to my list! Check us out too at

  4. I just stumbled across your blog and already i am completely hooked , I just became a licensed childcare provider and I am always searching for new ideas.