For some reason, curriculum planning for Preschool, happens to be one of the most popular requests, especially in recents weeks as Daycares and Preschools have shut down. Now I am going through theme by theme within different posts so please do subscribe so you can be notified when I post, but I wanted to talk about how I planned out Preschool lessons, both when I was an assistant teacher and as a homeschooling mom.
Before we begin, I want to remind you moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas or any caretaker taking the time to read this, kids need lots of play time and DO NOT have the concentration to sit for longer than 15 minutes at a time. It’s totally okay to play all day. Take advantage of zoos, libraries, museums if you can (there are virtual tours as well but they may not necessarily hold your child’s attention). Exploration is the best way to educate children, especially for the young bunch. Reading and songs are just as important.
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way. Here is what our planning looked like.
Yes it’s really that simple. You also have to that kids these age still have breakfast, and lunch (Dinner to if homeschooling because you provide it all) and snacks twice a day, plus naps, bathroom breaks/diaper changes and lots of free play. If you have enrichment classes that’s wonderful too, we had a music and a yoga one twice a week. Plus field trips like I mentioned above. The kids also went out for 30 minutes twice a day everyday (unless super cold or rainy) in the play yard. For Matthew though we utilized the different playgrounds in our neighborhood during good weather and made our own indoor fun for the bad.
Now we did plan double (2 books and Crafts) since we had some kids still the whole day (8am – 6 Pm) and some stay half (8- 12 or 2-6). This way we didn’t repeat the same activities with the kids who were their all day. I also did this at home so he wasn’t as bored and less screen time while in the house, especially on those bad weather days.
I do suggest you use the themes monthly as there is a lot to learn, and so many books and crafts to be done. They can even be repeated or recycled for later years.
Have fun planning!!!