I have decided to open an in-home preschool. I have thought long and hard about this, the pros and cons, the cost, the problems and solutions, and have finally decided that what is best for me and my family at this time is to open my own in-home preschool.
There are not many jobs opening in the elementary school realm, and I wont get paid enough to work for a preschool. The other benefits are that I will be able to do things the way I want to do them. Use best practices, open ended art, and do all the amazing things I have learned.
I do worry about the isolation and not having collaborators, however I have solved this by joining REAEYC (Redwood Empire Association for the Education of Young Children) and I am looking for a childcare consortium in my area.
I am supper excited about finding the perfect home, and arranging in a way that is both homey and educational. I daydream about the arrangements, and what centers I will have. I want to have an art area, block area, sensory area, quiet reading/library, science and math areas, word wall and math word wall, and of course all of this outside too.
It will also give me a way to gather information and pictures for my book 101 small group ideas. Can give me inspiration for stuff to make to sell or give away on Teachers pay Teachers, as well as lots of stories for this blog.
I just read my TYC magazine and at the end there is a small article about a teacher who has her preschool in her home too. She states, (vol 6 No 4; pg 32) "I hear a lot of buzz about large preschool centers, but I think that a small home preschool can be just as high quality." I totally agree with her and also want to prove this to the world.
So if your in Ukiah Ca. and you want an Exeptional Education for your 3 to 5 year old, look for Kinderoo coming this fall.