need a few ideas for a non-traditional setting

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  1. luv2teach

    luv2teach Rookie

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    Hi all. I'm a teacher in a court-based children's center. during the months of Sept-June, there is a GED program which takes place up within the building. Now the parents who cannot afford childcare bring their children to me where we stay with them from 8:30-12.

    My first year here I pretty much let the children play (learn) with educational toys. However, this year I would like to make it a bit more structured. I'm stuck on how to start of the first week. These children will vary in age (0-4 years old). I was thinking about a welcome theme.

    How can I make these children feel comfortable yet teach them at the same time. SHould I still leave the majority of their time with me playtime?

    My schedule is something like this. 8:30-9:15 freeplay, 915-950 circle time,, 950-1045 work period 1045 breakfast, 1130 circletime 1150-exercise period, 1210-1230 freeplay.

    should I leave it the way it is and just make it a bit more structured and educational?

    thanks:confused:
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    What do you do during your circles and work period? You could do some thematic teaching/books/song/calendar activities during circle and then activities during work periiod that go with theme but teach some school readiness things (cutting, some letter writing/recognition, counting...) Maybe during free play you could have a few learning games or centers related to your theme.
     
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    during circle time we read stories, and/or sing songs. FOr work period we do arts & crafts, color and other hands on activities. It's hard to work with cut and paste with the younger children since their still developing their motor skills.
     
  5. Shilo

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    My humble suggestion is:
    8:30-9 Free Play (whole group)
    9-9:30 Circle Time- good morning/welcomne song, simple calendar, who's here/who's absent song/game (whole group)
    9:30-10:45 Free Play/Small Group-while the class is at free play you pull small groups by age/ability for projects, games, lessons, this way the activities can be taylored to the ability of the group
    10:45-11:30 Breakfast time (whole group) (wasn't sure if this was set time or not)
    11:30-12-Circle Time (whole group)- read stories/do finger plays while food digests, and then music and movement(exercise)
    12-12:30 Free Play (whole group)- free play until parents arrive
     
  6. AJK

    AJK Pre-k Montessori Teacher

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    Are your toys and play things set up in areas or centers? You could do some sort of a center-based curriculum with even the youngest kids.
     
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    centers

    The room has very few centers. we have dramatic play area, infant/toddler area, library area, meeting area, puzzle area, boardgame area and manipulative area
     

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