Hi Jenny, I've recently been searching the internet for ideas for preschool music classes. While I've enjoyed getting familiar with all the different methods out there, I have often thought about putting in the time/ effort to just create my own curriculum. And then I came across Early Explorers.
Holy Moly. This is fantastic! The thing I love most? I wouldn't have to charge parents a materials fee (which I feel is a big factor!) I have a couple of questions for you about how you do your preschool classes.
1. Are they weekly? Bi-monthly? Monthly? Or do you just do preschool music camps as they fit into your schedule?
2. How many children have you found to be ideal in a group setting like this?
I feel like I have more questions, but don't even know what to ask. I look forward to spending more time checking out your lesson plans before my own little one wakes from his nap! Thanks!
There are several ways you could format this class.
We have done several weekly Early Explorers classes during regular fall or spring semesters. We have also taught week-long 5-day "camps" during the summer or during spring break.
Both formats work great and have their advantages - some parents like the weekly format as it gives their preschoolers something fun to do each week. As they come each week they know what to expect as each class has a similar routine and schedule. Many parents like to go over the take-home materials with their children during the week, and so the kiddos retain more and learn better in this format. Other parents LOVE our week-long camps, as it is sometimes easier for scheduling - they only have to come for one week and not be available on the same day each week for the length of the class. The week-long camps are an awesome opportunity for the kids to jump in and get a great introduction to the joy of music! They are a TON of fun.
Another idea is that you could have one of your more advanced teenage students help as a co-teacher for a larger class, or you could always invite parents to come and stay for the class. You should also consider the ages of the children signed up for your class. I would feel more confident in handling a larger group of 4-year-olds than a larger group of 3-year-olds! Use your judgement and think about the ages and maturity level of your students.
There are several more plans that will be available to purchase in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Come visit The Teaching Studio Store to learn more about and to purchase our fun preschool music class lesson plans! And don't forget to also check out our "Mighty Musicians" curriculum, which is similar to "Early Explorers" but geared toward 5- and 6-year-olds.