Join Date: May 2007
Location: North of Madison, WI
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I am in a group of seven moms (most of us are MDC moms!) that are also not doing conventional preschool. We came together to form a preschool co-op of sorts. We have 13 kids ages newborn to 4 years -- 11 of which are boys. We started a few months ago meeting on Monday mornings for what we call Learning Circle. We rotate to each mom's house, and she is the teacher for the morning. One mom painted carpet squares with the children's names on them. The older kids sit on their mats and listen to a book and songs about the theme the mom has chosen. The younger kids still wander and around, but they will catch on soon enough learning from the big kids. Then, they all do a theme and age appropriate craft or activity. Next, they share a snack followed by free play. Finally, they help clean up and go home. The book/song is preceded by the mom reminding the kids (with picture/word charts) of the "schedule" for the morning and the Learning Circle rules (i.e. no hitting, no fighting, no throwing, no yelling, share, and have fun). We have a carpet square with "Time Out" written on it as a universal concequence for breaking the rules (only to be applied when the mom thinks the child is old enough). We tend to do earthy themes such as Spring Robins, Spring Season, farm animals, etc. We have talked about incorporating a letter or number of the week, but we haven't done so yet because our goals for the group (for the most part) are not academic. We also started meeting at the park just recently on Friday mornings for an organized game or sport (i.e. each child hits the t-ball, runs the bases, and then everyone loses interest) followed by free play at the park.
My personal wishes and intentions for forming this group were to provide my children with their own community of children younger, same age, and older than themselves for them to learn from and teach to. My 3 yo loves circle time! He loves learning new games from the older boys just as much as he loves teaching the younger children the rules.
It is very important that you first make sure that each of the moms you are speaking with have compatible goals for "preschool". Does she want her child to learn his ABC's, have a constant group of friends to do activities with, etc.?
J - Homeschooling mom to H (1/20/05), Z (11/6/06) and C (8/22/08)
I work from SON up to SON down!