I’ve mentioned in the past that I teach a Mommy & Me class, for mothers and their two and three year old children. Every week we have a different theme, and the theme for the past week was one of my personal favourites; shapes.
There are six different shapes we use: circle, star, heart, square, triangle, and diamond. I’d say they’re pretty standard shapes, and aside from triangle, the kids can usually remember them quite quickly.
For Halloween, Christmas and Easter, we do special events at the school. This also includes special themed lessons for my Mommy and Me classes.
Since the students are so young (two and three), they don’t attend the school’s Halloween event, because let’s face it, the activities are geared towards children that are a bit older, and a lot of the costumes and so forth are just too much for them. So instead, we do a special Halloween event during class time, and the kids are encouraged to dress up.
The first 15 minutes of class are usually a normal routine, with a Halloween story thrown in for good measure. Then for the second half, we do our vocabulary and craft (all Halloween themed) and then a short trick or treating stint, where the kids knock on the classroom door, I open it, they (try to) say “Trick or Treat?”, and get a snack. This year I’ve been giving out two (wrapped) cookies and a sheet of stickers.
Three times a week, I teach a Mommy & Me class. Attending the class are mothers (and occasionally a father or grandmother who steps in for the odd lesson) and their children, who are all ages two and three years old.
Initially, I was really nervous to teach the class. The thought of teaching children that little and with the mothers present was not appealing in the least. However, it soon became one of my favourite lessons to teach. Everyone is supportive and honestly just there for the benefit of their child. We follow a similar routine every class, which starts out with a basic warm-up of greetings, counting and colours with a few songs mixed in for good measure. I read a story every week, and using the weekly theme, we learn some new vocabulary and do a craft.