Hi! It’s been a hectic last couple of days around my home! With school starting, new daycare kids, pto meetings, karate, planning my work days to keep my kids learning and engaged all day and also buying school clothes and last minute supplies. Craziness!! Working moms have a busy life! I’m sure most would say the same!
My son went back to school yesterday and came home loving his teacher and his classmates. I get to check off my list…stop worrying about his school year. I had two new kids start yesterday and they both left very happy. Although, one came in this morning and cried. Dreaded crying of a new kid! Always makes me sad and makes me question….could I do anything to make my place better. I am a very structured daycare. I like to follow a schedule and I teach a lot of life lessons….manners and etiquette. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall and view other daycares. Are they very free play based with little structure?
My three year olds are able to spell their name out loud and are working on writing and recognizing it daily. I am teaching them sight words along with basic alphabet, shapes, colors and numbers. My kids get work sheets and coloring pages. They also get projects like gluing cheerios to letters of their name. My 2 year old participate in these activities and a lot of them catch on super fast! Months of the year, days of the week and alphabet are picked up quick with singing.
Dont get me wrong….its not all about worksheet and pasting. We have a lot of free time to play inside and outside. These kids learn a lot through playing and following directions to clean up. Sometimes that can be pretty brutal to watch. Kids hate clean up time!
I am always trying to find better ways to get these kids learning without it feeling like work. My goals are set high….I know it! I want these little ladies/gentlemen to go to pre kindergarten and know the work and make as many friends as they can. I want them to be able to communicate and show this world that the next generation is great and amazing! Confidence! Do I ask a lot….probably! I dont think I’m doing my job if I don’t push these kids to full potential. Manners and etiquette are definitely the basis to my teaching style!
I’m proud of my son going to first grade and leaving behind his dreaded kindergarten year. I’m also proud of myself for pushing forward with my business and making changes and always improving. I am a mom of three boys and I’m an entrepreneur! Crazy!
Until next time,