Enchanted Mommy

Time To Prepare Preschool Lessons

You may have noticed from a number of the posts on this site that I participate in a pre-school program with a few of my friends and their children.  We each take a week and teaching our 3 – 5 year old children a lesson that includes circle time, crafts, writing practice, and fun activities.   This year we’ve focused on the alphabet and had a great time teaching our children.

Interestingly enough I cam across an infographic recently that talked about the time and money that goes into preparing a single hour of learning for adults.  You can check out he specifics here.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t too surprised to see that a single hour of advanced elearning takes up to 490 hours of preparation and can cost $50,000.  I know I took a few college courses online and their one hour course sessions were often pretty intense.

Seeing this infographic made me think about the time that goes into preparing for a simple lesson for our preschool.  There is no doubt that there is a significant difference between creating a short 30 minute lesson to introduce someone to the letter Q but there is no doubt that a lot of time and effort goes into each lesson.

Here are some of the things that go into each weeks lesson:

  • Find a craft for a letter of the alphabet
  • Find and prepare the materials for the craft
  • Identify a children’s book that can help the children learn more about the letter
  • Think of and prepare a treat or snack that helps reinforce the letter for the week

Don't forget to have a little mini lesson on what a fruit is and have them count the watermelon seeds so that it can be a cross curricular activity as well!

There a plenty of other loose items that go into each weeks preparation for a 30 minute period of instruction.  I would estimate that for a full hour of instruction I would need almost 2 hours of preparation.    That’s a lot of time for a concept as simple as a letter of the alphabet.  I can only imagine how much time it would take to prepare an hour of a full course.

What do you think?  Does it surprise you to see how much time and money goes into preparing an hour of course instruction and learning?

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