Welcome to Preschool Plan It: A world of preschool lesson plans, preschool themes, articles and more for your classroom!
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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An ever growing collection of general preschool themes with activities for all areas of preschool lesson plans including creative art, dramatic play, math, science, literacy and more!
An ever growing collection of preschool Bible lessons & themes with activities for all areas of preschool lesson plans including creative art, dramatic play, math, science, literacy and more!
Circle Time does not happen randomly. It should be planned as part of your preschool lesson plans.
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.
How do you celebrate birthdays in the classroom throughout the year? Here is a list of what to consider and a peak at our birthday celebrations.
Even your best planned days can be changed in an instant......by inclement weather. Here is an article to help you plan back up preschool lesson plans to be prepared for indoor days without panicking!
How does one even BEGIN to write up a theme? This section will help walk you through it!
Activities in a Bag
Instructions for making take-home preschool activities encourage and support learning at home.
Activity calendars to send home, monthly preschool lesson plan calendars and other calendar ideas to use in the classroom.
Christian Program Planning
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), and more.
Articles, checklists and planning forms for both off site and in house field trips.
Preschool teacher forms for daily, weekly and monthly planning.
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.
Suggestions for setting up your classroom in ways that encourage learning and participation while also reducing behavior issues!
Classroom Pets can be fun! Decide which is best for you: A permanent pet, a temporary pet (butterflies,etc.) or ones that visit you!
Suggestions for how to best schedule and utilize the skills of parent volunteers, high school interns and more!
Stay current on preschool product recalls that may affect the materials in your classroom.
Before deciding on or "diagnosing" a child, read this to know of the dangers that this poses.
Preschool ages and stages of development.
Information on how language develops and what is realistic to expect from preschoolers and when to refer a child for evaluation.
Articles and links to help you stay current on the special needs of preschoolers.
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.
Planning for preschoolers requires knowing where they are developmentally and where they are heading.
This article discusses how to best use the information you gain from completing progress reports and offers some samples of reports.
Fine Motor Development
Find out what skills your preschoolers should be working on and activities to help them develop in this area.
Gross Motor Development
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
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, 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!
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!
This is a very wide topic! Many articles will continue to be added to this section!
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!
Some children may not seem to be ready to move on to kindergarten, but is repeating another year of preschool the right thing to do?
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.
Materials, books and more that I recommend for you or your classroom!
Miscellaneous articles written with you, the early childhood teacher, in the focus.
How to prepare for annual Parent-Teacher Conferences as well as individual meetings that may be needed throughout the year.
Ideas to help you stay organized and refreshed!
This age group just cracks me up! Read (and submit your own!) funny preschool stories that have been shared by your peers!
This section will show you how to communicate with families daily, weekly and monthly
Preschool Plan-It Primer is a free informational newsletter which includes suggested themes for the upcoming month, and new themes and pages added to the website since the last newsletter.
In March, June, September and December, in addition to the above information, the newsletter includes an article that addresses an issue in the field of early childhood education, a teacher timesaving tip and a focus on one interest learning center for your classroom.
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