September Preschool Themes & Ideas
September is a time for preschoolers to experience and observe many changes in the environment and in their lives. Getting into a school routine and observing changes outdoors as fall arrives offer many opportunities for skill development and engaging activities for young learners.
September is full of exciting holidays and celebrations that will get your preschoolers excited for the upcoming school year. During September, we are highlighting our All About Me, Apples, Friendship and Kindness, and Leaves and Trees themes.
These themes allow preschoolers to get to know one another while sharing fun facts about themselves, but they also get to celebrate kindness month while preparing for the upcoming fall season. Plus we include some super fun activities that your preschoolers will love!
All About Me
As an early educator you know that an All About Me theme is a go-to at the beginning of the year. Asking preschoolers to share about themselves is the ultimate road to building connection with your students. You can extend learning by including a family theme within this unit.
Fall weather is right around the corner which means it's almost apple-picking season! An apple theme always seems to be a hit with preschoolers. The best part of an apple theme is the opportunity to touch on math, science, literacy, and even a few taste-testing activities, yum, with simple and low cost materials!
Friendship and Kindness
For many little learners, preschool is the first time they are learning to make friends and about how to be a good friend, which incorporates being kind. A friendship and kindness unit is essential for laying necessary social and emotional skills that kids will learn throughout life. Early educators are fostering those skills early on by teaching preschoolers the importance of sharing, empathy, and relationship-building skills. Play is the best approach for building these important skills.
Amish Friendship Bread
Leaves and Trees
Falling leaves and changing colors captivate a preschooler. They are fascinated with the world around them and fall is a great time to bring nature inside with a leaves and trees theme. This theme allows preschoolers to experience seasons changing first-hand and it's even more captivating when you can use real-life examples. Fall is a great time to take your preschoolers outdoors for a leaf hunt where they can collect leaves and gather other nature items, to investigate, or use to create a collage.
Sawdust Play Dough
Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September and while school isn't in session, it's always beneficial to have a conversation with your young learners about jobs, and community helpers. Be sure to grab this free printable Closed for Labor Day Sign to hang in your classrooms as a reminder of no school.
Give your grandparents an extra hug because Sunday, September 11th is Grandparent's Day.
World Letter Writing Day
Get your pens and pencils out, friends! September 1st is World Letter Writing Day which means it's the perfect time to celebrate the importance of learning to write. We suggest incorporating writing trays as a fun introduction to letter writing!
National Read a Book Day
What better day to read a book than National Read a Book Day on September 6th. You can find suggested theme related books on each of our theme planning pages!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day
Argh Matey, get your pirate voice ready because September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Be sure to check out our pirate theme page for some fun new ideas all about pirates and tropical islands.
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