- Cristi Wuenschel
Why A Great Preschool Curriculum Can Make A Huge Difference
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.
One thing that I've realized throughout the last few months as we've transitioned to mostly home learning and distance education in our state is that a great preschool curriculum really can make a huge difference.
We're currently using Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for both toddlers and preschoolers, but today I wanted to focus on the preschool curriculum and what makes it so unique.
My absolute favorite thing about Experience Early Learning is that is shows up and it's ready to go.
What exactly does that mean? It means that we can literally just grab a bag and teach. For example, the Day 1 topic for Bugs & Crawly Things was Ladybug and the Daily Discovery Bag included everything that we needed from the topic poster to the art supplies for each individual student.
Not to mention a fun game that meant counting ladybug spots and of course our name tags for this month for each of the kiddos.
Every day's lesson plan is organized in the Teacher Guide so that we know exactly where to look for each type of activity.
Each day includes seven activities - Circle Time ideas and a Community Challenge, Creative Corner, Math and Literacy games or activities, a Suggested Story, and of course Closing Time. There's also a STEAM Station idea for every topic.
You can use the ideas as a large group or even incorporate them into your centers. Some days we did the Math and Literacy activities together or in small groups. Other days we added them to our math and writing centers.
Even the STEAM Stations can be left out for the children to visit periodically throughout the day.
There are so many options of things to do with the preschoolers and even now that we're putting together take home activities, we're realizing that so much of what's included is incredibly versatile.
Creating awesome and engaging lesson plans can be so time-consuming, but Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) makes it quick & easy.
Instead of spending our time planning and preparing materials, we can spend our time teaching. After all, that really is the most important work.
Open the Teacher guide, grab a Daily Discovery Bag and you're ready to go.