Gearing up to do preschool at home? It can be a little overwhelming. Therefore, I am trying to make life a little simpler for you. I, too, am learning this as I go. However, I want to share my findings with my wonderful readers. This week I am discussing lesson planning and how to go about it.
What You Need
I find lesson planning much easier with an actual teacher’s lesson plan book. I purchased mine at a local learning and teaching supply store. You can find their website here:
You will need to have a foundation of activities stockpiled. There are many resources online. You can check out some of my favorites on Pinterest HERE.
Follow me on Pinterest, as I will be certainly adding more and more throughout the school year.
Lesson Planning – Subjects
When creating a lesson plan for preschool at home, you will want to make sure you cover all the major subjects. These include: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Art, Music, and Physical Activites.
Below, I will break down a sample lesson plan and how it includes all of these subjects.
Sample Lesson Planning
Here is a sample of a lesson plan I have prepared. The theme of this particular lesson plan is focused on the letter C.
- Writing – Tracing sheets (Letter C)
- Reading – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Math – Creating a caterpillar with fingerprints (Counting)
- Science – Trip to a Butterfly House at local zoo
- Art – Letter C decorated like a caterpillar
- Music – Songs/Nursery Rhymes with the Letter C
- Physical Activity – Nature Hike/Caterpillar search
Lesson Planning Subject Ideas
- Letter recognition
- Tracing Lines
- Tracing Letters
- Writing Letters
- Number Recognition
- Nature Hikes/Exploration
- Field Trips
- Letter Projects
- Themed Projects
- Themed Songs
- Learning Songs
- Children’s Songs
- Movement Games
Lesson Planning Themes
Another way to make learning and preschool at home fun is choosing themes. Your child will be spending a lot of time learning the same basics, like letters, numbers, counting, colors, etc. Changing themes will keep the learning fun and exciting.
I find that choosing themes and planning my learning activities around those themes also makes lesson planning easier.
I have compiled a list of fun preschool themes to get you started on your preschool at home journey. There are many more to choose from, but this list will give you a nice starting point.
Click here for your Free Lesson Planning Themes List.
Other Tips and Tricks
Always do your lesson planning in pencil. Sometimes you may want to change things up or find activities or books that fit better than what you had originally planned. Being able to erase helps keep your lesson planning book looking neat and tidy.
Use the calendar to help you choose your themes. For example, if there is a holiday coming up, you can focus on activities that coordinate with these celebrations. If your town or city has local events going on, like a fall festival, you can do activities that correspond and use those events in your teaching. Make it a fun field trip.
Leverage your local library. You can use a trip to the library to help encourage your child to read, and also choose books to go along with your upcoming preschool at home themes.
Lesson Planning for Mommies
I am sure as the year goes on, I will find plenty more tips and tricks for creating wonderful and fun lesson plans for preschool at home. However, this is how I am getting started. I was incredibly overwhelmed at first, as many moms are when they start teaching at home. Hopefully these tips will help you get started and feel less overwhelmed.
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Do you have any tips for teaching preschool at home? Any tricks for lesson planning? Please share them in the comments below!
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