The last couple years I participated in a co-op preschool and really liked the schedule we followed there. So I created this planning sheet and hope that it can help you simplify and streamline your preschool planning as well.
This planner is intended to be used with unit studies following the theme ideas I posted about last week. Of course you can use any themes your children will enjoy.
Preschool Lesson Planner
We start with circle time. For us this includes prayer, calendar, weather, the pledge of allegiance, letter and number practice, and a song.
For letter review I chose an alphabet letter, we talk about the sound it makes and it name. Then we name some things that start with that letter.
Color review is similar only I have my kids point out objects to me that are our chosen color.
I also have gratitude notebooks last year using composition notebooks. My kids choose one thing they are grateful that day, I write it down for them. Then they draw a picture of it.
The last thing we do during this time is learn a little about whatever topic we will be studying.
Next, comes story time where you sit together and read a book related to the topic you are learning about.
Next on the plan is a fine motor activity. This can be anything from a craft, tracing practice, scissor skills or playing with play dough.
The gross motor skill activity is any activity that will get kids up and moving. For example, we have done movement cards, songs with actions, relays, physical games and nature walks.
Sometimes I like to look on Pinterest for kids snack ideas that relate to our theme because there are so many cute children’s snack ideas. However, I don’t always do this, you can also just plan a simple snack.
Centers are any learning activity chosen for the day. It can be anything you want to plan. This is where you can add activities or crafts that relate to your theme.
I sometimes do worksheets, but mostly like to keep the activities more hands on and engaging. These don’t have to be big projects either .
For a unit on robots a center could be playing with toy robots or putting together a robot theme puzzle. I like to stick around the topic if I can, but if for some reason I don’t plan enough I sometime just grab a busy bag out of our stash for a center.
The last thing you will want to plan is any extras you want to include for the week. If you don’t have anything you want to add don’t feel like you have to throw someone else into your plan.
I like to jot down movies about our theme to watch together, an outing for us to take or a family activity to coordinate with our learning.
I hope that this planning sheet can help you simplify your preschool planning and add consistency to your weeks. Enjoy!
Download a free copy of the pdf Printable Preschool Planner or the Editable Preschool Planner
If you get a chance to use the planner I would love to hear how it works for you in the comments!