Miss Mellow and I met at a coffee shop on Saturday morning to plan out our year. We worked for an hour and a half and could have easily gone for another hour. We were in the “flow” and having a great time discussing curriculum, how to balance all our frameworks and expectations (and all that is expected of us), and what really matters in preschool.
We plotted out the themes for the year, and each one will last for a month, which is different from what I have done in the past, with my 2-3 week themes. We started fleshing out different things to focus on during each week of our themes, and realized that we need to ask guiding questions for each theme. What is it, really, that we want the kids to know at the end of each month?
I went home exhilarated, and have been working on typing up my list so we can get it all down on paper and then share it with the rest of the preschool teachers in our district. I’ll post it here, too.
Good for you! 🙂 I have my September theme worked out, and now I’m working on the week to week plans. I can’t wait to really get to know my students so I know how to make my plans work.