Preparation is KEY

Thursday, July 25, 2019 No comments

August is quickly approaching and summer is coming to an end. This is always such a bittersweet time for me as a teacher. By May, my family and I are in desperate need of a break. A break from schedules, waking up early, planning, homework, ect. Last year was especially hard for us, so this summer allowed us to fully decompress and rest. Last summer we moved, so this summer we made no plans, which was amazing. As much as I wanted to go on a trip, it was great for us to have no agenda and allowed us the time to recuperate. It took the whole month of June for me to finally feel like I was ME again. Now it's the end of July, and as many summers are, I start to get a little antsy and excited about the upcoming school year. I love sleeping in, but I start to crave a schedule again. My own children definitely need a schedule, and to be away from each other for a bit.

I am going into my sixth year at the school I am at, and especially after last year, I am starting to revamp my classroom. Even though the students are new every year, as teachers we can get tired of the same routine sometimes. We also learn and grow and discover new ways of teaching and new breakthroughs in early child development. As most teachers know, teaching is not just about what happens in the classroom, but about the hours of preparation and planning that goes into the job. As a preschool teacher, it is especially important to make sure that what you are planning is appropriate for the age and development of your students.

When planning an activity, I find myself running through different scenarios that could happen in my mind to see if what I am planning will actually work in the classroom. Of course, you can't plan for everything, but I can at least avoid some chaos if I think it through. After 15 years of teaching young children, I can predict some outcomes, but my students never cease to surprise me! Another aspect that I consider is that each class is very different from the one before. I have a set plan with themes and activities, but how I execute it in the classroom differs from year to year. Some years I can get to more in-depth activities and learning, and other years I feel like I am just trying to survive. I am lucky to have already met my new class and their families and I am looking forward to starting fresh and building relationships in my classroom.

Here's to a great 2019-2020 school year!


Saturday, July 6, 2019 No comments

When is the perfect time to start a teacher blog? In the summer 🌞! I took all of June to recover from a crazy year (it was a doozy), then I started thinking of ways in which I can expand and grow. After finishing my master's degree last year, I began to wonder how I can start to express what I have learned after teaching Kindergarten and preschool for 16 years as well as getting two degrees in Early Childhood Education. It dawned on me that I can share my passion for teaching hands-on and developmentally appropriate activities in my classroom through a blog! So welcome to my crazy teacher/mom/wife life! I look forward to sharing classroom activities, lessons, decor, and organization as well as some personal life ramblings as well.

Speaking of crazy, we also added a new puppy to the family 🐶! I've lost some precious sleep, but isn't Cora adorable?!