FACS 6th Grade
Strand 3 Standard 3
2 class periods of 90 minutes each
Students will create and participate in a developmentally appropriate preschool experience with preschoolers in class.
For Preschool Prep Day:
I usually have a theme picked out for the preschool so all my classes are doing the same theme and it doesn't take so much time deciding what to focus on. I do have some ideas to get them thinking, but I let them plan the preschool.
Usually the day or two before we plan the preschool, we talk about child care safety and preschoolers specifically. We talk about child care needs and how to make sure we are fulfilling those needs. That way when we plan the preschool, they understand what would be appropriate activities to plan for them, and what won't work so well.
Students will understand the age-appropriate activities you can do with preschoolers and execute a successful preschool experience with toddlers.
PRESCHOOL PREP DAY:
Before I explain about the preschool we talk about attitude and being genuine with the preschoolers. I tell them that they must participate appropriately in the preschool because the preschoolers watch them and look to them as examples and they need to be good examples for the little children we have that come to our classroom. I have them sing a song with me, then I start reading a story to them. I begin reading it really, really bad (mumbling, not showing pictures, my face in the book, etc. It usually takes them three or four pages before they start complaining they can't see or hear, etc. Then we talk about how to present things to little kids. I especially emphasize that they need to be sure they are happy and enthusiastic with the preschoolers, NOT SARCASTIC! The preschoolers can tell.
Explain groups before allowing students to split into groups. Groups are:
When the preschoolers come with their 7th grader "host" they pick up name tags and we do the preschool together as one big group. We have the groups rotate up at the front as their turn comes up. I tell them they need to make sure the transitions happen smoothly and quickly so they don't lose the preschooler's attention.
The next day when they come to class I have them get in their groups and fill out an evaluation of their group and also, an evaluation of the preschool. How well did it go? What would you do better next time, etc.