Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another New Adventure!

My life keeps changing all the time. I was informed that I would not be teaching Kinders this coming school year as I was asked to pilot a new program platform for our Pre-K special education kiddos. I am very thrilled and excited about this as my background/credential is in Early Childhood Special Education. I will be providing these little ones with early intervention and will most likely have most of them for 2 years. I will be doing a transitional PreK which means I will have these little munchkins for over 4 hours a day. Kind of a long day for 3-5 year olds but I on the other hand feel blessed that I will be able to teach them and mold their minds. I have some very incredible kiddos this year, and can't wait to start my new adventure. (Okay, I would be lying if I didn't say I am loving my time off, as I had a VERY rough year with a particular parent) but up to the challenge of finding new Blogs (PreK) and writing my own curriculum. Oh yes, you read that right! We do not have a PreK Special Ed Curraiculum so I will be piloting that too! I am trying to find a good solid base curriculum and possible funding for a pilot program. I would LOVE any advice from all my fellow bloggers! On top of that, I have been cleaning out my classroom, rearranging my classroom so It will be more conducive for my new students and making it "pretty" for me since I will be spending a LOT of hours in there this year. I have been sanding, painting and refurbishing old furniture for the classroom as well. I have a LONG way to go still but it is on its way. Here is a sneak peek at a few things I have done already.


Marlana said...

Best of luck to you on your new adventure, Jeannie! I'm sure you will be great!

Lil' Country Kindergarten
Kindergarten Network

Karlie said...

Holy moly! Good luck:) Have fun! I'm sure you'll do awesome.

We are ALL Special!

Amy - The Resource(ful) Room said...

I'm jealous, that would be my dream job!! I believe you will do great at it! Can't wait to see how your room turns out!
The Resource(ful) Room

LS Teacher said...

Unique Learning Systems just released their prek curriculum. They have a free summer curriculum.

Classroom Couture said...

Thank you everyone!

Lee in Pre said...

Linked here from another blog- Miss Allison's Class. I think you will love your new class. I have been teaching it for 29 years! Our district uses Creative Curriculum as a guide for all preschool classes (along with Michigan's Early Learning Expectations). We also use Handwriting Without Tears (great songs!!) At least half of the teachers are using Zoo-phonics. I love,love,love having a lot of freedom to set curriculum. Have a great time! PS- I am so glad that someone else gets excited at Walmart and Target at this time of year!!!

Classroom Couture said...

Thank you Lee. I am so glad you left me a comment. I have Creative Curriculum and I too love HWT. I use their program and songs. In fact, I always have Tap, Tap, Tap Big Sticks stuck in my head for days every time I play that song! Looking forward to a fun and exciting new year!

Sped PreK said...

I am in a similar boat. I am the ONLY SDC prek in the district and there is a ton of freedom and zero funding. Have you been using If not sign up NOW! You will be able to get a TON of free and NEEDED items :) We also use HWT, but that is the only set program. Otherwise, I plan based on the California Preschool Foundations, with a lot of wiggle room to meet IEP goals. Are you also responsible for assessing and placing incoming Prekers?

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