Don’t be intimidated. Remember that a child learns not only through speech, but mostly through play and observation.
The purpose of the curriculum outline is simply to be a guide. It helps you and the children get excited to have a theme and projects you are working on. It makes it easy to plan when you know what is expected.
Your outline does not need to be complex. It simply contains a daily topic that you focus your plans around. It can, but does not have to, include suggestions on what kinds of things to teach. As you plan your lessons, remember to always strive to include activities that encourage their development in literacy, math, gross and fine motor skills, music, and social behavior. Those may seem like big terms, but that can be as simple as reading books, counting animals on the farm, and putting together big and small blocks. Some great activity suggestions to help with the above are on the Activities page.
The Alphabet Book/Literacy Lesson:
These books will stay with the class for every teacher. Working on a sheet will always be one of the activities you will do. The best time to do this is when you work with small groups during “centers” (“centers”=setting up 3 or more areas of play that the children can either go to on their own, or be given a set time to play at).
Having this activity automatically set up for each lesson decreases the amount of planning time or stress a parent may have.
If you are interested in the book I made and used, Click the button above for more information. You may also see a sample by clicking here: C Letter sounds
If you want a topic to last 4 weeks, choose a total of 9 unit topics.
If you want them to each last 6 weeks, you can cut that number down to a total of 6 unit topics.
Keep in mind that it is much easier to plan lessons around using actual objects, rather than abstract ideas. For example, A topic of “animals” offers many physical examples, and fun crafts that will easily last 4-6 weeks. But an abstract topic like “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” is a little harder to keep the chidren entertained for a long period of time.
Some favorite topics I’ve seen the in past include: Animals, The Body, Our community, Weather and Outer Space, and Farm and Garden. But there are many more you could incorporate.
Once you pick a topic, break it down into four weekly sub-themes. For example:
Farm and Garden
- Dirt and rocks
- Vegetables and healthy eating
- Fruit trees and bugs (good and bad)
- Farm Animals
These are the themes that a teacher would work with as they planned their lessons.
You may also choose to purchase my outline, which includes daily activity ideas. It also incorporates social “treasures” which are skills and ideals that help children function and interact with each other.
To see an example, click here: Animal Unit SampleTreasure Builders Preschool Outline
Planning your Lesson:
How to plan each lesson:
- Awaiting arrival of the children (Have something for them to do while they wait).
- Circle time and trifold board (Make sure you have the board)
- Craft or Activity Time (Obtain a book that matches the theme, and plan an activity or craft that lasts15-20 minutes).
- Free-play and Snack Time (Plan a small snack. Remember, this is a snack, not a lunch).
- Centers (Have the alphabet books, and a couple of activities/toys to set up. Such as blocks, playdough, sensory bins, or other).
- In case you need backup (Plan an extra activity)
- Lunch (No planning, just make sure your own child has a lunch ready!)
Click here for a free template outline for planning your lesson: Daily Lesson and Schedule Structure Template