Why Plan Your Preschool Lessons?
One of the best ways to be prepared as a teacher is by having your preschool lessons planned. Whether you like to plan on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis- having a plan will help keep your teaching deliberate, in sequence, and focused on children's needs. Here are my top reasons for planning your preschool lessons and ideas for getting it done without feeling overwhelmed.
What is Thematic Teaching?
If you've been on the early childhood education scene for any amount of time, then you've probably heard the word theme quite a bit. Using them to teach early learners is wonderful, but suppose you've never quite understood what thematic teaching is, let alone how to do it. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of this teaching style and how it can change the way you see learning altogether.
Planning out you activities you plan to offer young children is important for engagement, supporting development, and organizing your teaching time.
This set of editable lesson plans makes it easier to create and organize your plans.
I've included a variety of templates to match different program styles.
Free Preschool KWL Charts
Many educators are familiar with KWL (Know, Want to Know, Learned)
charts to some degree. Perhaps you already use them in your teaching approach, used them as a student, or became familiar with them somewhere along the way.
This approach is easy to learn and implement in any learning environment with children of all ages! Keep reading to learn more about implementing KWL charts with early learners, and and be sure to download your KWL Template below to use in your planning.
Plan Preschool Themes for the Whole Year
Planning your themes for a whole year can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but having a good roadmap for the whole year will help you stay focused, and save you time as you plan your monthly/weekly activities.
Below you can find simple, actionable steps you can take to help you plan your yearly theme calendar. To save you even more time, please be sure to download our free theme planning guide.
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Do you know what materials you already have for each theme? Do you know where they are stored? If the answer to any of these questions is no, It's time to take inventory!
Having a digital inventory list of your thematic teaching materials on hand, will help you save you time when you need to plan your lessons. It will also save you money the next time you spot a garage sale, or a run across an awesome sale this summer!
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