HELP!! Classroom Chaos!

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  1. MissLinz

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    I just got hired at a Lutheran Church as the Lead Pre-K teacher. I have been a Pre-K teacher before, but at a school with a curriculum. This school doesnt have one. I have no clue how to merge into this class. Nor do I know where to start!! I am trying to make lesson plans but I dont know there level or anything. Any advice on lesson plans would be GREAT! I would love to start fresh. I want to use a summer theme but like I said I dont know where to start. I need a schedual, lesson plan, some type of reading, writing, math, science, and art curriculum. I am supposed to work with all 4 year olds, but they merged the 3 year old class with mine. Also, If anyone knows where I can find some cheap classroom necessities such as a calendar and other odds and ends please let me know! Thank you so much!:help:
     
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    Look at Sprouts - Jem runs a business reselling used supplies. The ones I bought were great.

    I am guessing you worked at a Kindercare or somewhere where they gave you the curriculum. Now you are entering the world of freedom and creativity. The most important thing to do is be reflective on your philosophy and what you think is best for kids and create from there. There are a lot of great preschool websites out there to explore and get ideas. The first year will take you a lot of time if you aren't used to it, but it will get better.

    The Artful Parent has a great section listing a whole bunch of process-oriented art techniques which may help get you started. Learning is Fun has a lot of thematic materials if you are going to do that. There are a lot of worksheets which I don't use but you can turn them into games. Teacher Tom is a personal hero - he also has a lot of links to other play-based schools which are doing great things.

    Take some curriculum classes, explore the internet, read, learn from experienced teachers....your question is really too large for a short answer.
     
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    Thank you! I actually have worked at two other schools with the freedom of creativity, but I started when they first opened and this one has been open for a while. I guess it just makes it a little more difficult. But thanks im going to look into those websites!
     
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    I was in the same position about 4 years ago. I went from working for a large coporation with a curriculum in place to taking over a tiny church preschool with no structure at all. The creative curriculum saved me. I read the manual over and over. It does not give ideas but it does help you set up where you want to go. I also hit the library and started to check out any curriculum idea book I could find. The other resource that is amazing is The Mailbox. Love it!! The more research you do and questions you ask the more it comes together. After the first year you will have a more defined vision for your class.

    I would also take it slow and do some really fun, maybe messy art with a few steps to see how their focus is and how their fine motor skills are. In the begining it is so important to build a relationship with them and to help them build relationships with each other. Playing cooperative games will also help with this. One of my favorite books is "Peaceful Classroom" because it has wonderful activites for compassion and cooperation. I think I got it on Amazon for $8.
     
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    I LOVE The Peaceful Classroom! It is an awesome resource.

    When I taught 3's, we based all our activities around Nursery Rhymes. I do Nursery Rhymes with my 4's now and do many of the same activities. Act them out (two children with buckets, a "well" on posterboard and you can act out Jack and Jill), do art projects, science, math and etc. based on them. There are lots of resources available for teaching with nursery rhymes, and often Mailbox Magazine will feature one of them as well.

    Good luck!
     
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    Theme/Vocabulary Bible verse Subsections Songs

    Language/Literacy SEPT
    Sept 3-7 Session 1
    Sept 10-14 Session 2
    Sept 17-21 Session 3
    Sept 24-28 Session 4
    1. Get acquainted with school
    2. Me, Myself, and I
    3. My community
    4. Communication, Transportation, and Technology


    Getting Acquainted
    ♥ God
    ♥ Jesus

    “Let the children come to me.” Mark 10:14 Session 1: Welcome
    Session 2: Jesus Loves Me
    Session 3: God’s Stories Are in the Bible
    Session 4: We Can Talk to God Here we are together
    Jesus Loves Me
    Clap, Clap, Clap
    The B-i-b-l-e
    Thank you, Jesus
    This is the Way
    Cognitive
    Physical Health and Development
    Social –Emotional
    Creative Arts
    OCT
    Oct 1-5 Session 1
    Day and Night
    Oct 8-12 Session
    The Earth We Live On
    Oct 15-19 Session 3
    The skies—sun, moon, stars
    Oct 22-26 Session 4,5
    Animals
    Oct 29-30 Halloween Unit 1: God’s World
    ♥ Created
    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
    Genesis 1:1 Session 1: God Made Day and Night
    Session 2: God Made the Sky, Land, and Oceans
    Session 3: God Made the Sun, Moon, and Stars
    Session 4: God Made All kinds of Fish and Birds
    Session 5: God Made All Kinds of Animals
    Session 6: God Made Adam and Eve Hip, Hip, Hooray
    Here We are Together
    God Made Me, Every Part you See




    Carryover
    Nov 1,2 Session 6
    My body
    NOV
    Nov 5-9 Session 1,7
    Water
    Nov 12-16 Session 2, 3, 4
    Babies

    Nov 19-23 Thanksgiving
    Nov 26-29 Session 5,6,7
    Homes, houses and places to live
    Unit 2: God’s People
    God Keeps His Promises
    God Cares for His People
    ♥ Promise
    ♥ Cares

    “God cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 Session 1: God Keeps His Promises to Noah
    Session 2: God Keeps His Promise to Abraham and Sarah
    Session 3: God Cares for Joseph
    Session 4: God Cares for Baby Moses
    Session: 5: God Cares for David the Shepherd Boy
    Session 6: God Cares for Daniel
    Session 7: God Cares for Jonah
    God is Watching Over You
    Here We Are Together
    Who Built the Ark
    He’s Got the Whole World
    This is the Way
    DEC
    Dec 3-7 Session 1,2
    Dec 10-14 Session 3
    Dec 17-21 Christmas
    Dec 24-28 Session 4
    Dec 31-Jan 4 Session 5

    Unit 3: Jesus, God’s Son
    ♥ Savior
    ♥ Follow “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.” Luke 2:11
    “Come. Follow me,” Jesus said. Mark 1:17 Session 1: A Special Birthday
    Session 2: The Shepherds’ Visit
    Session 3: Wise Men Worship Jesus
    Jesus Came to Do God’s Work
    Session 4: Jesus’ Helpers
    Session 5: Zacchaeus Little Bitty Baby
    Here We are Together
    Away in a Manger
    Mary Had a Baby
    Com on, Ring those Bells
    This Is the Way
    JAN
    Jan 7-11 Session 1,2
    Jan 14-18 Session 3
    Jan 21-25 Session 4
    Jan 28-Feb 1 Session 5

    “For this good food, and loving care, we give you thanks, O Lord.”

    Winter
    The Five Senses
    Families
    Hospitals
    (Do health screenings)
    Disabilities Unit 4: Jesus’ Work
    ♥ Shepherd
    ♥ Healed “Lord, I will praise you with all my heart.” Psalm 9:1
    Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love
    Session 1: The Good Shepherd
    Session 2: The Runaway Son
    Jesus Does Some Amazing Things
    Session 3: Jesus Heals a Man Who Couldn’t Walk
    Session 4: Jesus Heals a Man Who Couldn’t See
    Session 5: Jesus Heals a Man Who Couldn’t Hear
    Session 6: Jesus Heals a Little Boy
    Session 7. Jesus Makes a Little Girl Alive Again
    Session 8: Jesus Heals the Woman Who Touched His Coat
    Session 9: Jesus Feeds a Big Crowd
    Session 10: Jesus Calms the Sea Praise Him, All You Little Children
    Here We Are Together
    Do You Know Who Jesus Is?
    Go Is So Good
    Jesus Loves Me
    For Health and Strength
    If You’re Happy
    This Is the Way
    FEB
    Feb 4-8 Session 6
    Feb 11-15 Valentine’s Day
    Feb 18-22 Session 7.8
    Feb 25-29 Session 9, 10
    Water, Ocean





    March
    Palm Sunday
    Good Friday
    Easter
    Ascension
    Unit 5: Jesus’ Love
    ♥ King
    ♥ Savior
    ♥ Heaven “God loved us so much that he gave his one and only Son.” John 3:16 Jesus Loves Us Very Much
    Session 1: Jesus is King
    Session 2: Jesus Dies and Lives Again
    Session 3: Jesus Goes to Heaven Counting Song
    Here We Are Together
    Jesus Love M
    Praise Him, All you Little Children
    Hosanna! Hosanna!
    If You’re Happy
    This Is the Way
    APRIL
    Easter
    Helping others
    Dressing self
    Learning to pray
    Unit 6: Jesus’ Helpers
    ♥ Helpers
    ♥ Friend “We are bringing you good news.” Act 14:15 Jesus Chooses Peter to be His Helper
    Session 1: Peter and Dorcas
    Session 2: Peter’s Friends Pray Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    Here We Are Together
    Jesus Love Me
    Praise Him, All You Little Children
    This Is the Way
    MAY
    May Day
    Cinco de Mayo
    Mother’s Day
    Memorial Day
    Safety “Honor your father and mother.” Exodus 20:12 Jesus Wants Paul to Be His Friend
    Session 3: Jesus Changes Paul
    Session 4: Paul in a Basket
    Session 5: Paul and the Jailer
    JUNE
    Flag Day
    Father’s Day “Honor you father and mother” Exodus 20:12
    JULY
    Independence Day
    Summer Camp
    AUG
    Summer Camp
     
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    Miss, above you will see the Lutheran preschool curriculum that I integrated with secular topics. The post did not pick up the chart, you might have to spend some time studying it, but here it is. We bought a Lutheran PS curriculum, and I revised it to fit our needs.
     
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    Thanks SO much for all the help! I am so excited to take on this classroom! :woot:
     
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    If you send me a PM, and your email, I will send you the info in a chart form.
     

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