I thought you might like to see how I plan my lessons out.
As I've mentioned before, Monday's "home-prep" time is slotted for Preschool Prep. Made sense to me since the lesson plans come out on Monday.
My home-prep time is during the littles' nap, so I generally get about two hours to get some focused work in. This can change depending on Tyler's needs, so I do have some catch-up time scheduled for later in the week.
(I will post more about my routines and schedules in another post)
The first thing that I do is print out the materials list, preparation guide and lesson plan for the week. Then, while I'm still on the computer, I go through the materials list and print out whatever needs to be printed.
As I'm printing craft templates or worksheets, I think to myself whether or not Justin, my 2-year-old, while be able to do it. If not, I consider what I will have him do instead. For example, I did not print out an I See Apples booklet for him, I just had him put stickers on a blank piece of paper. This helps to save a little ink.
After everything prints, while I'm still on the computer, I go through the book recommendations and see which books my library has, putting books on hold or getting an inter-library loan, as needed. If the library just doesn't have access to the book at all, I research a substitute (books are not in the budget right now).
Finally, I gather all my paperwork and sit at a workstation.
|All of the paperwork for The Letter A week|
I get out five folders and write a day of the week on them. Then I sort all the paperwork and put each day's papers into the appropriate file.
As I toss something in, I check it off the materials list.
If the item is something that I have, but I can't put into the box at that moment, I circle it, and make a note, if necessary.
If I don't have the item and need to procure it, I high-light the item.
If I'm going to do a substitution for Justin, I make a note of it.
Once I'm done with the Materials list, I turn to the Preparation Guide. I go through the guide and do any cutting, laminating, or painting that needs to be done.
If time runs out before I'm done, I make a note of where I am and finish it later.
When I'm done, I put everything into the box and put the box in the designated closet.
The next Monday, I pull the box down, grab the day's folder and materials and we are off on other adventure.