There is tons of work that needs to be done to get even a small, low budget preschool up and running!
Currently, we are busy setting up the furniture, buying the right books and toys, finding the best deals for stationery and craft material and enrolling students. Space is at a premium right now and we are trying to utilize every little bit in the most optimal way. This means narrow but tall shelves, hooks on furniture so as to leave wall space free for charts and compact boxes for toys. I am also trying to keep everything super-organized. I just cant afford to spend time searching for the small things that art/craft activities require while working with a bunch of impatient 4 year olds!
Simultaneously, I am also trying to keep up with my own study schedule and prepare lesson plans for the year ahead. Lesson planning is turning out to be more challenging than what I had initially estimated. I am often to be found sitting in a circle of books, writing, cancelling and writing again – trying to figure out the best ways to teach the alphabet to a three year old. Along the way, I discover that all the basic skills that we adults take for granted are in reality super-complex. Letters and numbers are ridiculously abstract concepts. Most of my time is utilized in figuring out ways to connect these concepts to real world objects that children can work with.
And I have to know the big picture. The whole year, broken down into semesters, then months, then weeks, then days, then minutes. Whew!
Sometimes I wonder if I am detailing too much too soon. Should I just plan for a week at a time and see how the year goes? But this approach doesn’t appeal to me. I cant plan a day, if I dont know where that day fits int the learning for the month.
I think I need to strike a balance – somewhere between outlining and detailing.
But right now I am in the detailing zone. Every day of the first 3 weeks, planned down to the last minute.
Whew! We still have a long way to go!