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Old 07-29-2012, 05:36 AM
miss_hoppy miss_hoppy is offline
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teaching 2 and 3 year olds

Hi! I am about to take a 2 and 3 year old preschool in August. I am absolutely petrified and still trying to wrap my head around what goes on in a 2 and 3 year old classroom. What happens daily, especially in the first few weeks? I've had a look at the Teaching 2 and 3 olds blog and she has reassured me somewhat but I still would like to hear more from you.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:21 AM
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Mrs.Sheila Mrs.Sheila is offline
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Are they grouped together the entire day or do you have 2's at one time and 3's at another? Also, how long is your day?
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:17 PM
msaly msaly is offline
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This year I am teaching just 3's but last year I had a mixed 2/3's class. Most of the 2 year olds were 3 by October, so I ran a 3 year old curriculum in room. Here is my daily schedule (my playground and music/spanish class times are set and cannot be changed):

9am-9:10- Arrival/Welcome Activity (activities on the tables)
9:10-9:30-Circle Time
9:30-10- Spanish or Music Class (alternate weeks)
10-1030- playground
1030-1040- Bathroom/Wash Hands/Water
1040-11- Snack
11-1145- I do open centers (assistant supervises) and I call children for small group science/math and art.
11:45-12- Story Time/Music and Movement/Closing Circle
12- Dismissal

The first few weeks will be an adjustment stage, if they are not in daycare, it will be a new experience for them. Some will cry, some won't. In my experience the crying will lessen a little everyday until they come in smiling around week 2 or 3. You will be able to adapt your schedule and curriculum when you get to know their personalities and abilities.

Let me know if you have other questions!
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