Well, it's August now, so I'm thinking what I want to do in the fall. I'm not even sure I want to do a full-scale playgroup, much less preschool. I want to focus on homeschooling M and R, and really developing the curriculum for them. Maybe have a playgroup day on Friday, to make challah and sing Shabbat songs with friends?
Here are my priorities:
1. Maintain a morning routine: Songs, prayers, circle time, lesson, snack, playtime
2. Skills: Reading for information and entertainment. Library day?
3. Judaism: Each week, pick a verse of Torah from the week's reading, write it in big print, and put it up for M and R to study. R should be able to pick out letters, and start to sound out simple words. M should start gaining fluency with reading words, and understanding the meaning of the sentence. We will also talk about the themes from the Torah portion.
4. Art: M is gaining leaps and bounds in both drawing and scissors work. R is trying really hard to catch up to him! Create opportunities for both of them to work on these skills together with other curriculum themes
5. Calendar and time: Include in circle time. Stick to a clock schedule for activities to instill sense of time and reading the clock Integrate math into this part of the curriculum.
6. Swimming: I want to take the boys swimming at least twice a week to encourage developing comfort in the water and swimming skills. The schedule of the YMCA pool will really drive this.
I would like to also include some music in a more formal way. Drum rhythms, beginning piano, etc. Not sure yet what it would look like.