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Building a Dynamic Preschool Program Begins With The Curriculum

Bradley Russle 2Today I want to inspire you to create a dynamic preschool program. In fact,  I believe that a dynamic preschool program begins with the Curriculum. Furthermore, I have discovered that parents tend to choose child care program, based on their curriculum program.

Please allow me to use my Center as an example. In my Child Care Center, I pull ideas from several researched based Curriculum programs, including:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Reggio Emelio
  • Project Construct
  • High Scope
  • along with Biblical Principles from Abeka Curriculum

Moreover, our goal is to meet the developmental needs of the children and provide a high quality preschool program. Furthermore, I have found it to be so  boring to use one curriculum and this is why I pull principles from the curriculum programs listed above.

Furthermore,the principles that we implement in my center (from the curriculum programs listed above) have been proven to prepare our preschoolers for school success!
I am in no way endorsing any of the curriculum programs above, however, I am encouraging you to take a closer look at your Curriculum and consider getting new ideas for your Child Care or Preschool Program.

Also, it is vital that you pick and Implement a curriculum model that fits into the mission of your childcare program.

Curriculum is not only about learning the alphabet and numbers; however, Curriculum is what you do from the time that the kids arrive until they go home.


Here are 5 Easy Ways to Create a Dynamic Preschool Curriculum Program:

1. Start by Creating a brochure that describe your Curriculum in an overview format: Monthly themes, the letter, shape, color of the month, character development topic, social skills focus, etc) By reviewing the researched based curriculum programs above, you will gain some ideas for your brochure.

2. Set-up enriching learning centers in your classrooms.

3. Create a Daily Schedule

4. Require that your staff complete and post lesson plans. (based them on the curriculum theme and developmental needs of the children)

5. Create a System that tracks and assesses the development of the children in your program.

If you don’t have the time to develop your very own curriculum; I have done the work for you in my Curriculum Club.  My Curriculum club derived from my 15 years of writing lesson plans and implementing research based curriculum in my program. Check it out Today! (click here)


Planning the Preschool Graduation!

When to Start Planning for the Graduation

To allow enough time for planning the graduation, I suggest that you start planning six months in advance. This includes: planning the date of the graduation, creating a list of what you will need for the graduation and getting feedback from parents.

How to Prepare the Children

The children are definitely the spot light of the graduation and you definitely want to prepare them for the event. I suggest that you begin preparing the children for their graduation activities, 3 weeks before the ceremony. It has been my experience that it only takes approximately  3-weeks of singing songs and memorizing poems.

To assure that the children are not nervous and are excited to sing in front of their parents, their friends and other family members; be sure to prepare them to smile and get excited!

Information to Provide to Parents

Ninety-days prior to graduation day, invite the parents to give you their feedback or ideas for your upcoming preschool graduation. Parents usually have really good ideas and this is also a great way to ask them to run errands for you to assure that you have all that you need for the graduation.

After you get the parents feedback, prepare a letter announcing the graduation, date and time. The letter should also include how many guest that the family can invite, how long the ceremony will be, what the children should wear, graduation cap/gown fees (see resource link for cap/gowns) and a detail of what will take place at the graduation. Be sure to include graduation clip art and insert the names of your preschool graduates in the letter.

How to Get Parent Involved

After you have decided what you will need for the graduation day, invite parents to help you to decorate, assist with the other children the day of the graduation, pick up decorations, order the cake or simply help the graduates get dressed in their cap and gowns. Whatever you need parents to do, it is best to create a sign-up sheet for the graduation event and invite parents to get involved. (see sample sign-up sheet)

Ideas for what you will need

Here are a few ideas for what you will need for the graduation:

  • Order cap and/or gowns for the graduates (require that parents pay the fees)
  • Graduation songs/poems (see links below)
  • Graduation Diplomas (comes with cap/gown, see link below)
  • Invitation for the event (comes with cap/gown)
  • Prepare a few special words to say to the children
  • Invite their friends to make a large Good bye card with their hand prints painted on the poster board
  • Graduation Cake, refreshments, paper plates and napkins
  • Balloons, streamer and graduation sign for the front yard (congratulating graduates)
  • Graduation Music (get cd at party store)
  • Graduation Card Box for graduates
  • Special gift from you to the graduates; to present the day of the graduation

Planning the Graduation Day/Activities

I think by this point, you may already know how you want to plan your graduation day. It really does not have to be a long event; In fact, I suggest that the event last know longer than 45-minutes to an hour. Simply create an agenda for the event and have fun. Here is a sample agenda:

  • The entrance of the graduates (music playing)
  • The children begin to sing songs
  • Reciting of Poems
  • The children will share what they loved most about preschool
  • Special words from you
  • issuing of Diplomas (pictures)
  • Introduce your class of 20….. to the parents
  • Invite kids to toss hats!
  • Serve refreshments/gifts
  • Wrap up-the event

Here are some photos from my 2011 Graduation!

Task for this week….

  • Visit your local party supply store to get ideas for your graduation
  • Visit the resource links below
  • Get ideas from other providers and parents
  • Create your plan

Resource Links
Pre-K end of the year party ideas
Order Preschool Graduation Kits
Preschool Graduation ideas
Party City Graduation Supplies

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