Teach Beside Me is a preschool co-op with small groups of parents and their preschoolers in varies age groups. It is a time for interacting and socializing while allowing us to introduce more “academics” to our preschoolers in a preschool co-op setting. Our preschoolers are busy learning about the world around them, identifying objects, shapes, numbers, letters, and words. 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 Public School calendar. Parents share in the teaching of the program and we make it truly a cooperative venture. Parents and preschool children all attend Teach Beside Me together and learn together.
Teach Beside Me uses lesson plans based around the Teach, Play, Learn curriculum.
The 2 year old class (must be 2 years of age by September 1st) is a “Letter of the Week” focus, with a book and activities surrounding that week’s letter. The 2 year old class is once-a-week and meets on Tuesday mornings.
The preschool 3 class (must be 3 by September 1st) consist of a theme lasting 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. The preschool 3 class meets twice-a-week on Monday & Wednesdays.
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 (3 year old) group meets twice a week, then each parent agrees to teach once every 3 weeks. For the 2 year old “Letter of the Week” program which meets once a week, the parent would be expected to teach once every 6 weeks, assuming there are 6 students in the class. Parent 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 approximately 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 parent 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 below a copy of the daily schedule as well as a 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 any way, as well as teach/learn beside their child.
If for some reason it is your day to teach 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.
If your child is 2 or 3 years of age by September 1st and you are interested in joining a Teach Beside Me group please fill out a registration form. Teach Beside Me groups are currently meeting in home classrooms in Horizon West. Citrus Church is currently building out a storefront space in Central Parc at Bridgewater Crossings in Summerport. Once this space opens the Teach Beside Me groups will move in. The preschool classroom will be equipped with a circle time area, and preschool sized tables and chairs, centers, snack area, and sensory tables.
More questions about Teach Beside Me? Contact Melanie Johnson using the "Contact Us" form below.