When you know you have at least four (and up to eight) interested parents, host a “play date” meeting at your home, or other building where you know the children are contained, and parents can focus—at least a little!
Share your ideas, and ask for input. You are mostly looking for commitment from the parents, a choice on location (it can be run out of homes), and when you would want to start. See the outline below for some things you may want to include in this meeting. (also click this link to view and print a great starting handout)
Ideally, this meeting will be held a couple months before you plan to start. You do not need to start gathering everything right away. But one thing you should do in this initial meeting is decide on which curriculum to use. Will you plan your own outline, or purchase a fully developed plan, such as the one shared here: “Treasure Builders Preschool”.
Interested Persons Meeting (Discussion outline):
Participants: Who are the interested parents, and how many children? (Typically 4-8 is manageable).
Location: List the Pros and Cons of hosting at homes (when you teach, you host), or finding a public location to borrow or rent.
Curriculum: Purchase a pre-made plan Treasure Builders Preschool Outline
Or, Develop one of your own!
Note: Developing your own would look something like this: every parent participant picks one theme that sounds interesting to them (all agree in the meeting). They will each develop that theme into an 8 lesson outline. (You are not making full lesson plans, you are simply providing and outline guide focused on your theme) All outlines will come together to make the program.
Time commitment: Explain what kind of time participants can expect to be investing.
- 1 hour for prep time when it’s your turn to teach.
- 3 hours, give or take, for an assignment you may recieve to help the class run smoothly for the year. Jobs may include: Schedule coordinator (make changes to schedule when needed), Tri-fold board designer, supply box manager, and perhaps a music specialist and graduation planner.
- 3 hours being with the children on the actual teaching day. (The total amount depends on how many participants you have).
- 3 hours being an “assistant” on the days you are assigned to help. (Typically you assit the teacher the week before you are assigned to teach, giving you a heads up on what the children are learning, and helping you to integrate that into your own lesson. Each class should have two parents if possible: A teacher, and assistant.)
Schedule the Final Preparation Meeting (usually 2-3 weeks before class begins).