Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
I have tried to work with my co-workers and they know my concerns. Many of these children are no longer 3, but have turned 4 and are moving on to the next class this summer. These are some of the children I am mainly concerned about.
Since I am an afternoon teacher, I arrive at 12:00 when the children are finishing lunch. During the school year we have enrichments such as language, science, and math. I have begun to do some of these because a teacher has recently left the center too. I try to keep them as basic and enriching as I can. During Sports Week, we performed a What Can Slide on Ice Experiment? which went fine, but I still receive no response from teachers when a child disrupts the group so I can continue my plan. It is extraordinarily frustrating.There are other teachers in the room during enrichments/circles, but they are still talking or sitting in chairs just watching the situation.
The children then go outside to play and go to nap. The schedule was set by other teachers who say that the children should lie down on their cots. They are then told to go to the bathroom. This in turn, is very disruptive to the children who have gone to the bathroom and are trying to rest. Sometimes, the teachers come in a little early to sing songs and try to get as many children to the bathroom as possible, but half the time most of the children have still not gone to the bathroom before nap.
They sleep for two hours, wake up, go to the bathroom and have snack. This all ends at 3:30 pm. Circletime begins promptly at 3:30 pm. We do calendar (days of the week, month, weather, and a flag song) and a circletime extension activity. If time and attention permits, a book. I am now bringing in toddler books only.
The children then go to the tables to complete activities and a craft based on the topic. I am supposed to keep the children occupied until 4:30 pm, call them to the bathroom one by one, and then go outside at 5:00 pm.
I have worked with age groups from infants to kindergartners. I was able to a have a short circle with toddlers who were correctly able to recognize their shapes and colors (by pointing to them in their environment after I said the correct color/shape name).
The center has a very different set up then I am used to. I am used to a center-based set-up, where children are allowed to find different activities that they choose on their own based on the topic. Here, the centers are more like cabinets filled with the same objects at all times. The tables are the only areas where I am able to create small centers.
I feel very overwhelmed by the entire situation, due to the fact that some of the children coming into the class aren't potty trained. The enrichments end in the summer and many children are moving on to the next class. For most of the summer, I will be alone and the children will have to move between classrooms (if ratios are high).
I have a new issue that my co-worker will be leaving at 4:00 pm, but will still be creating lesson plans that I will need to implement on my own even though they are her own.
Do you have any suggestions on how to remedy this? Coupled with the heat in the room (even with the windows open) and the lack of support I feel very challenged.