What is Teach Beside Me?
Teach Beside Me is a small group of parents and their preschoolers (3 & 4 years of age). It is a time for interacting and socializing while allowing us to introduce more “academics” to our preschoolers in a preschool coop setting. Our preschoolers are busy learning about the world around them, identifying objects, shapes, numbers, letters, and words so we are here to foster that growth together. Teach Beside Me groups consists of 6 to 8 moms or dads. Each Parent teaches on a rotating schedule that takes us through the entire semester (August-December & January-June) We follow the Orange County School calendar. Parents share in the teaching of the program and we make it truly a cooperative venture. Parents and preschool children all go to Teach Beside Me together and learn together.
Curriculum for Teach Beside Me?
Teach Beside Me uses lesson plans based around the Teach, Play, Learn Curriculum method. Each theme last for two weeks and is based around one story book. The retelling and rereading of the storybooks each day enhance emergent literacy skills, whereas the many activities that are also based on the storybook help promote children’s growth in these areas, cognitive, communication and language, social-emotional, and sensorimotor. Teach Beside Me also incorporates Handwriting Without Tears using lines and curves to introduce letters and teach handwriting.
Teach Beside Me Parents
Parents agree to teach on a rotating basis. The frequency of teaching is dependent on the size of each Teach Beside Me group. Assuming there is a group of 6 parents and the Teach Beside Me group meets twice a week, then each parent agrees to teach once every 3 weeks. Parents responsibilities include putting together a creative lesson plan around the theme and book.
Each day Teach Beside Me begins with 25 minutes of free play followed by 5 minutes of clean up/transition into circle time and then the lesson and activities. The lesson/activities should be approx 30 to 45 minutes, followed by snack time, play, closing circle and dismissal. Please note there is no cost to be a part of this program, other than what you as a Mom choose to spend during your day to teach. In addition some resources may be available to you to borrow during your week to teach, such as bean bags, egg shakers, scarves and a parachute. Please find enclosed a copy of the daily schedule as well as “lesson plan” sample for parents teaching. During days when it is not your responsibility to “teach” parents are expected to be there to assist the “teacher” in anyway, as well as teach/learn beside their child.
If for some reason it is your day to teach/host and you were unable to make it, (sick child, etc) you would be responsible for trading your day with another Parent and ensuring they have supplies they need for that days lesson.
Teach Beside Me Students
Children participate in a supervised play and learning experience with children of their own age. Teach Beside Me class is an opportunity to interact with adults other than their own parents as well as other peers. Children will learn the basic “5 Steps to Success” in an informal classroom setting, while discovering new ways to learn and play.
Interested in Teach Beside Me
If your child is 3 or 4 and you are interested in joining a Teach Beside Me group please fill out a registration form. You can register online at citruschurch.org. under the Teach Beside Me tab. The location of each Teach Beside Me group currently will be rotating from one home to the next. However, we anticipate opening a preschool classroom sponsored by Citrus Church come January 2018. The preschool classroom will be equipped with a circle time area, and preschool sized table and chairs, centers, snack area, and sensory tables.
Questions and Contact
More questions about Teach Beside Me? Please contact Melanie Johnson, mom and constant Teach Beside Me teacher to two little ones. Melanie@CitrusChurch.org or contact by phone 407-286-9223