The 2016-17 school year is underway and the children and I are getting settled in. My assistant Julie is amazing and has caught right on to the Mother Goose Time curriculum. She has taken every change in the environment in stride too and I can’t imagine what I would do without her.
Our walls were so bare the first few weeks of school because they were missing art produced by our children. Now, everywhere we look, there is something beautiful! Some displays are perfect for the wall, others we display on table tops.
Our stations are coming alive as we observe how the children use the space and make changes accordingly. For example, we had dramatic play and large muscle next to one another on the same carpet. As the children used the space, they spread out their materials from each of the stations, often knocking down a building or tea party set-up, resulting in tears and frustration. The dramatic play station was moved across the room, next to another active area. They now have a table to set when playing house, so it works out even better.
We also make changes to reflect the current Mother Goose Time theme. Each month they give us ideas for our S.T.R.E.A.M*. stations, making it so easy for us. I’m all for dreaming up creative stations or centers, however as busy as I am, I will gladly check this off my list with their help. I can add our own spin on their brilliant ideas when I am feeling ambitious. Here are a few examples:
Watch these 3 free videos on the way we “do” art with Mother Goose Time: All About Art!
The families in our school have been so welcoming to me and the staff extremely helpful. I have worked in a Christian school environment before, however I find that every school has their own way of doing things. I look forward to Mass and exploring the school campus with our children.
It truly is a beautiful place in “small town America” and I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else in the world.
*Note: we added the “r” to the S.T.E.A.M. acronym because we are a Catholic school and teach religion in addition to the other school-readiness concepts.
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