The importance of a name. In my current preschool position, we are discussing “family”. I also have this focus in my own curriculum, with a stronger focus on identity. This was on my mind when one of the children said something in class that showed how much their name meant to them. And the way we say their name means a lot too. A name should be treated with respect. That thought is the starting of a good lesson plan! It could be a lesson on respect and appreciation. It could also help the child feel good about themselves, or a stronger sense of identity. For fun, add in a art lesson in connection with their name. For example, draw a picture of something positive that comes to mind when they think of their name. Or Give them a black letter-the first letter of their name-and a bunch of black shapes. Glue the shapes around the letter to make it decorative-like something you would see on a stamp. Love the child, and love the name that goes with him/her!
After years of experiencing preschools organized and ran by parents, as well as working on my own curriculum outline and seeing it in use, I just couldn’t let all that I learned fall to the wayside as my children aged out of preschool. I want to help parents feel empowered to start and run their own preschool. I added some helpful suggestions and files. I currently work at a private preschool, and continue to be inspired by new ideas that I will post and share here. Good luck to all who venture to start a preschool, and know that it’s fun, flexible, and probably one of the most rewarding experiences you and your child will have!