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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Getting Started with Experience Early Learning Preschool Curriculum

Updated: May 12, 2020

collage of welcome materials from Experience Early Learning with text title

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

We are so excited to start using our new Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) preschool curriculum this month and share our experiences with it!

I’m the Owner and Director of Pitter Patter Place Childcare Center (opened in 2012) where we serve children 6 weeks and up and we are licensed for 40 children.

welcome guide, digital music catalog, and pack of clothespins

I love teaching children and opening a childcare center was a wonderful extension of that. I feel strongly that children need to learn through play and this preschool curriculum has all types of fun, well rounded, standards-based activities.

We are in Pennsylvania and like most states, we have strict regulations, but we also have a quality initiative called Keystone Stars which has even more requirements and one of these is using a state-approved curriculum and Experience Early Learning is approved.

We are a STAR 3 (out of 4 stars) and hope to get to a STAR 4 within the next year.

Recently, I asked my teachers a few questions about their current experiences with lesson planning.

I am planning to do this again in a few months and I’m very excited to see their growth.

I was very interested, but not necessarily surprised to hear that they are a bit stressed with creating their own lesson plans each month.

This also entails gathering supplies, attaching the PA standards to each activity and marking the observations etc.

They are overjoyed that the process will be streamlined by using the Experience Early Learning preschool (formerly Mother Goose Time) curriculum.

It was fun watching the preschool teachers unpack the boxes and look through them. I had to chuckle when the school bus boxes came in after one of the teachers left and she actually came back in to open the box with us!

Teacher Guides for every week of Winter in the Woods theme

I’m very impressed with how the Teacher Guide is set up. It’s very organized and as the teachers have been setting up to begin using this preschool curriculum, we were pleased that it’s not been a huge learning curve.

I’m not saying that there hasn’t been a learning curve, but the way the guide is set up, makes it easier.

We feel that through play, children work and learn individually and cooperatively with their peers and with adults.

We work with our children a great deal to teach social and emotional skills so that they understand and can verbalize how they are feeling but also how their friends may be feeling.

Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) has many opportunities for the children to play and learn together and develop great relationships with their teachers and families.

circle time bulletin board display

The preschool teachers set up the display last week and I have noticed the children interacting with the display of pictures, numbers and letters.

Several children noticed similarities of the map on the circle time wall and were comparing it to the globe that we already had set up in the science center. This was a great opportunity for the teachers to interact with the children!

paper tree with numbers on leaves

It’s also been fun watching the children dancing and responding to the music CD and the circle time music as well. The kids love both It’s Mother Goose Time as well as the circle time song.

We strive to develop strong relationships with parents and with the newsletter going home each month as well as the My Creative Mind sheets each day, families can continue to stay in the loop about what is happening with their child.

Keep watching so that we can show you how we’re implementing this amazing preschool curriculum in our preschool room!

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