I am new here and have been out of the classroom for several years with kids at home and am heading back as a preschool teacher this fall.
This is my first preschool experience as teacher and I am a bit overwhelmed with everything. I know once I sort everything out and find a routine that works for me I will feel much better.
My main struggle right now is I need to do 2 separate curriculums for a 3 yr old program and 4 yr old program. Many of the 3 yr olds will be in the four year old program and while I know that some things being repeated are fine, I want separate themes, etc. But its in the same classroom, does anyone else do this and do you tie in the theme with different activites or change the themes from 3 to 4.
Also the first day we allow the parents to come to an open house for 1.5 hours with their child. In the past they have had a scavenger hunt. With one of the classes (I think the 4's) I am going to use a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme and have them find things in the classroom with letters of the alphabet and at the end they receive a letter to put on our life size chick chicka boom boom tree that will be in the literacy center. I can have other activities with that theme at other tables, etc.
So I am stuck on what kind of scavenger hunt for the 3 yr olds. I would like it be a book them, but just haven't thought of anything. I am looking for something exciting that you have seen or perhaps you use in your classroom.
Trying to think of something easy or perhaps familiar to the little ones...maybe Brown Bear???? Suggestions??
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