A world of themes, activities, ideas & articles for your preschool lesson plans!

As early childhood educators, the time we spend developing our preschool lesson plans is second only to the time spent in the classroom interacting with our preschoolers!

You are committed to planning preschool curriculum that is engaging, hands-on, interactive and fun while ensuring that the activities you choose meet your goals of supporting each child’s level of growth and development.

Preschool Plan-It is committed to providing you, the preschool teacher, with everything you need to develop preschool lesson plans and preschool activities for your classroom.

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I am an early childhood educator and built this site to share the ideas, lesson plans, activities and experience I have gained over the past 20 years with other teachers of young children.

This site is divided into several sections. You can go to each section by clicking on the blue links below or by clicking on the buttons on the left.

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ONLINE PRESCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Preschool Plan-It has begun to add affordable, online workshops for you! Check them out on the workshop page by CLICKING HERE or by clicking on the "Online Workshops" button to the left! **********************************************************************

PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANNING

THEMES An ever growing collection of preschool themes with activities for all areas of lesson planning including creative art, dramatic play, math, science, literacy and more!

BIBLE THEMES An ever growing collection of preschool Bible lesson themes with activities for all areas of lesson planning including creative art, dramatic play, math, science, literacy and more!

PRESCHOOL BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING

How do you celebrate birthdays throughout the year? Here is a list of what to consider and a peak at our birthday celebrations.

INCLEMENT WEATHER PLANNING

Even your best planned days can be changed in an instant......by inclement weather. Here is a back up planning article on how to be prepared for indoor days without panicking!

Plan A Theme

How does one even BEGIN to write up a theme? This section will help walk you through it!

ACTIVITIES IN A BAG *To Be Added*

Instructions for making take-home preschool activities encourage and support learning at home.

CALENDARS *To Be Added*

Activity calendars to send home, monthly preschool lesson plan calendars and other calendar ideas to use in the classroom.

CHRISTIAN PROGRAMS *To Be Added*

This section will include articles and ideas for Christian Programs. Some of the items included will be Daily Devotions; Prayers (for meals and throughout the preschool day), BIble Story Planning and more.

CIRCLE TIME *To Be Added*

How long should Circle Time be for 3 year olds? 4 year olds? What should this time include? These questions and more will be addressed here!

FIELD TRIPS *To Be Added*

Articles, checklists and planning forms for both off site and in house field trips.

PLANNING FORMS *To Be Added*

Preschool teacher forms for daily, weekly and monthly planning.

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THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM

This section includes suggestions for setting up your preschool classroom including:

CLASSROOM DESIGN

Suggestions for setting up your classroom in ways that encourage learning and participation while also reducing behavior issues!

CLASSROOM PETS

Classroom Pets can be fun! Decide which is best for you: A permanent pet, a temporary pet (butterflies,etc.) or ones that visit you!

CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS

Suggestions for how to best schedule and utilize the skills of parent volunteers, high school interns and more!

INTEREST LEARNING CENTERS

Learn more about interest learning centers in your preschool classroom, including a suggested list of materials for each center and a summary of how each center supports child growth and development.

PRODUCT SAFETY RECALLS

Stay current on preschool product recalls that may affect the materials in your classroom.

Bulletin Boards *To Be Added*

This section will have suggestions on developing:

Interactive Bulletin Boards (that your preschoolers can use)

Display Only Bulletin Boards (for displaying artwork and current projects) and

Parent Bulletin Boards (for important information for your preschoolers' families)

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GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This section will be chock full of forms, lists and articles all about preschool children including:

DIAGNOSIS DANGER

Before deciding on or "diagnosing" a child, read this to know of the dangers that this poses.

MILESTONES

Preschool ages and stages of development.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Information on how language develops and what is realistic to expect from preschoolers and when to refer a child for evaluation.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Articles and links to help you stay current on the special needs of preschoolers.

FAMILY LIFE EVENTS AND CHANGES

What happens at home does not stay at home. This is true for adults and for preschoolers. Welcoming a new baby, moving to a new home, the loss of a family member are just a few family life changes that affect a child's mood and behavior. Here you will find articles about how changes in a preschooler's home can affect them and what you and the families can do to help.

PRESCHOOL ASSESSMENT

Planning for preschoolers requires knowing where they are developmentally and where they are heading.

PRESCHOOL PROGRESS REPORT This article will discuss how to best use the information you gain from completing progress reports

FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT *To Be Added*

Find out what skills your preschoolers should be working on and activities to help them develop in this area.

GROSS MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT *To Be Added*

Find out which large motor skills your preschoolers should be working on and how to provide activities to help them develop, both indoors and outdoors!

SELF-HELP SKILLS *To Be Added*

Preschoolers can, and should be encouraged to, perform many tasks for themselves that adults tend to do for them. Help develop independence by focusing on a specific skill each week or month! This section will cover many skills you can help them develop including:

Getting Dressed

Serving Food

Handwashing

Proper tissue use (yes, this is a learned skill!)

And more!

WRITING SKILLS *To Be Added*

Writing, or printing, skills are developed over time. There is a process that their printing goes through. You may see it as scribbling, but there is a natural progression that you will see, if you know what to look for!

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

There are many aspects to managing a preschool classroom while still allowing children to explore and learn. Guiding young children and teaching problem solving skills is a major part of a Preschool Teacher's day!

BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE

This is a very wide topic! Many articles will continue to be added to this section!

TRANSITION ACTIVITIES There are many "transitional" times throughout the day. Do you plan for them or do they send your preschoolers into downward spirals? You need to plan for them and will learn how here. Also, you will find quick, fun and age appropriate ideas for those “moments in between” activities!

Observations *To Be Added*

Does your classroom seem to get out of control at specific times of day? Do specific children seem to be out of control at specific times of day? Here you will find more information as well as observation forms you can use to help identify any patterns and/or triggers.

SCHOOL READINESS

Some children may not be ready to move on just because the meet a specific chronological age. How to determine if a child is ready for:

Preschool

Kindergarten

Moving up from your preschool class to your prek class.

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TEACHERS’ LOUNGE

A place just for you!

ARTICLES written with you, the early childhood teacher, in the focus.

Cheryl Hatch, EzineArticles Platinum Author

PARENT COMMUNICATION

This section will show you how to communicate with families daily, weekly and monthly!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

How to prepare for annual Parent-Teacher Conferences as well as individual meetings that may be needed throughout the year. PRESCHOOL HUMOR

This age group just cracks me up! Read funny preschool stories that have been shared by your peers!

PRESCHOOL STORE

Find links to items that I have for sale, e-books that I have created and have for sale, workshops and more. TEACHER TIMESAVERS

Ideas to help you stay organized and refreshed!

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