Lesson plans are the basic content of your weekly or monthly lessons. This is an integral part for all preschoolers or all kids between the ages of two to five years. These children are in the stage where they are curious about everything. They are like sponges that are thirsty for water. Their mental abilities are growing quite fast at this state so it is important that you impart a lesson that would help them grow to fine men and women in the future. Read on to learn more about how to set up lesson plans for a preschool classroom.
1. Create a weekly plan to ensure that each topic is fresh and out of the bat. Start with a simple outline that is bulleted. This will be your template from now on for all your future lesson plans. Think about fun activities such as circle time, music, coloring time, naptime, puzzles, etc. Make sure you include all of these things in your weekly plan.
2. When choosing a topic for your preschool students, it is important to be creative and fun! Lean on to the visual side if you must to get their full attention. The following are great lesson plan topics that you can use:
- Dramatic play. This will teach your kids to role-play; encourage them to get creative with their costumes, disguises such as wigs and the like.
- Hand Motor skills activities. This will practice their muscle movements in several tasks like tying a string, cutting a paper, stringing beads, etc.
- Complete motor skills activities. This is an effective way to practice their whole body movement; activities in the playground that include jumping, running, bouncing balls, etc. are perfect examples.
- Language and Pre-writing skills activities. Regularly read to your students, have them sing the complete alphabet, have them identify different alphabets through flash cards, etc.
- Arts and Crafts. Let them be creative by having art projects that consists of materials that can stimulate their senses such as paint, coloring pens, clay, crayons, etc.
- Social Skills activities. Have a group play time where they can interact with each other and work as a team; teach them how to share with others, that saying “thank you” and “your welcome” are important things to say, etc.
3. All of these topics should be included in your weekly lesson plan. It is important that you incorporate all the needed tools when setting this up so that you will always be prepared before you even start your class. Just make sure that all materials are non-toxic and not hazardous to children.
You need to remember some things in order to pull this all through. Think very simple! You don’t need to create complicated games and stories. These kids will learn and appreciate it more when they are being taught about something that they can think about and something that they can handle. Simple things will help them focus to your class. If these kids find your lessons too complex or difficult, they will lose interest with just a blink of an eye. So be very careful about your subjects. Good luck and don’t forget to have fun!