Today I wanted to give you all an inside look at how we use our summer time. I’ll have to warn you though, it isn’t a pretty sight…
Since we are a part time preschool, we don’t have class through the summer, we follow the school calendar of our local school district! There are advantages and disadvantages that come with running a part time preschool. On one hand, we have a shorter year and more of a concise timeline. But, since everything is so fast paced, if we aren’t 100% on top of things when the school year starts then, we can tend to get more behind than when we started.
Over the past few summers when have spent our time making necessary repairs to our building, running enrollment for the coming school year, planning for the coming school year, and organizing. I would have to assume that if you aren’t teaching during the summer then this is sort of what your schedule looks like. On top of that, if the program you have is out of your home, you probably can relate to things being in a constant state of disarray, right? Well, believe it or not, we have that here at our program too.
This summer we have been working on organizing all of our supplies so that it fits in one space…let me say, it has been quite the task! Normally, when you see photos of our rooms, they look pretty and put together like in the photo below.
There is a dark side to all of this and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. It’s that closet you refuse to let guests open when they come over. It’s that catch all drawer in your kitchen. It’s that chair in your bedroom that isn’t so great for sitting, but amazing at holding clean (and sometimes dirty) laundry. We have what we like to call the “dumping zone” here at Teach Preschool. It’s a place where we throw things last minute so our photos don’t look messy. Up until this summer, the dumping zone covered a couple closets, the basement, and the garage. I didn’t think to snap any photos once we first started, but here is where we are at now…with everything condensed to one space…
You might be at a loss for words, and that’s okay. What we are hoping though, is that these photos bring you some peace. I think it is easy to look at the daily happenings of other peoples’ schools and just assume since you can’t see the mess then it isn’t really there. I’d be the first to tell you that the mess is probably just very well hidden!
I wanted to bring you all along as we organize our storage area! These are our “before” photos and I will share the end results later this week! We are working hard now so that our school year can have a great start.