There are 4 moms in the co-op and 5 preschoolers (and a few babies who will be aging in eventually). We rotate each other's houses and each week 2 moms are "on" and 2 moms are "off". We did a trial month, and it went very well. The kids love it, and it is fun for the moms, too, once we got the hang of managing a larger group of children.
Our schedule is similar to what the kids would do at a "real" preschool. It includes time for outdoor play, books, music, snack, craft and lunch time. We usually choose a theme for each week (trains, farms, how plants grow, nature, etc).
Our train theme day went like this: The kids had free play, and then we went on the porch to play with the bubble machine for a while. We pulled out some cardboard boxes and made them into a train. When the kids started to get antsy, we gave them sets of markers to color our cardboard box train. After some impromptu singing and dancing (which may or may not have included the songs "Wagon Wheel" and "Call Me Maybe" - Miles' and Vivienne's favorite songs, respectively), we had our train snacks (which were egg cartons cut in half that were our "trains" that the kids could fill with grapes, raisins, sunflower seeds, cheerios, etc). After that we went inside for a train craft (gluing shapes of different colors to pages, creating a train picture). Next we went upstairs to read some train books, followed by some train songs and and our musical train (the kids holding instruments, marching around my friend's home and
We have also decided to add in a "fun day" each week where we also take the kids on a sort of field trip, like visiting a museum or apple or blueberry picking or the zoo. I am really looking forward to those adventures.
So far the kids are really, really enjoying it, and I look forward to the weeks that I'm teaching and the weeks that I have off. It's neat to see the kids in a more structured learning environment, and it's fun to see the kids building relationships with their friends. It also gives me the opportunity to build stronger relationships with my friends.
It's fun to be Preschool Dropouts.