I’m going to be sharing with you a very simple and exciting Preschool Curriculum Plan that I have developed for my own toddlers.
I’m the mom to String Bean (3) and Biscuit (2) and they are 13 1/2 months apart. Most days I have to plan what we’re doing and then keep them moving or they will end up all over the place. I’m a former Middle School teacher, turned stay at home mom, and although I know how to develop curriculum I wasn’t sure I knew anything about “preschool” curriculum…well I was wrong.
The Internet is full of FREE preschool information, handouts and activities!
I decided on weekly themes specific to each month. You could easily just pick one or two themes for the entire month and you could just plan on focusing on those ideas one or two days a week or just do a daily activity around those ideas.
Here’s are upcoming year:
August: Birds, Nursery Rhymes, Dinosaurs, Routine
September: Fall, All About Me, Leaves, Apples
October: Trees, Pumpkins, Farm Animals, Halloween
November: Family, Native Americans, Fruits & Veggies, Thanksgiving
December: Christmas and Advent Activities
January: New Years, Hibernation, Colors, Winter
February: Transportation, Valentines, Dental Health, Five Senses
March: Pet Week, Forest Animals, St. Patrick’s, Spring
April: Weather, Community Workers, Zoo Animals, Easter
May: Caterpillars, Garden, Safety, Mother’s
June: Storybooks, Fathers, Frogs, Summer
July: Fourth of July, Bugs, Camping, Beach/Ocean
My goal is too not only teach about “things” but also think about what we do as a family throughout the year that I can relate to with my kiddos. We always visit a farm in the fall, we go apple picking in September, we start really going back on our zoo trips in April, we like to try to visit the beach in July; all of these experiences are learning opportunities.
I also wanted to share a few great websites I’ve used to help me along my curriculum development:
ABC Teach – Free Printable, Activities, Clip Art
First School – Preschool Activities and Crafts
Our Preschool Homeschool Blog – Although their kids grew their information and links are still active!
First School – Preschool Themes and Lesson Plans
As a parent we are the first teacher our children meet and interact with, from day 1. It’s a very important role and to some it comes very naturally; others need to put more structure and thought to this responsibility.
Even if this seems overwhelming consider just writing these themes on a calendar and think about books you could read, TV shows and movies that you could watch as a family, or even just conversations about what happened during your own day that center around these themes. It not only will enhance your children’s learning but it will make you think, appreciate, and learn a little more each day too!
Thanks for letting me share a little about what we’re doing here with you and I hope you’ll stop by Always Just A Mom
Thank you Stephanie! Your views are always welcome here on YouthMUSE with your great ideas and resources to help us all on this quest for WELL educated, able and self-reliant children.