Finally, you’ve made it to the BONUS POST! of my
four five post series about how to plan an entire year of preschool instruction in advance.
Let me please remind you that these lesson plans are not daily and specific and timed down to the very last minute of teaching time. Rather, they are a scope of what skills you would like to teach and a sequence of how you will teach them.
The following are links to the posts in this series:
BONUS POST! Step 5: Wrapping It All Up
Good job! You’re nearly done! You’ve worked hard to get this far, and now that you are here you can easily see the finish line ahead. Just one last step. You’ve printed out several templates to help you get organized and now it is time to put those templates somewhere safe where you can refer to them easily.
Bonus! Step 5 in Preschool Lesson Planning
Now, let’s get to labeling and organizing!
Tab #1 – Daily Schedule
If you have a daily schedule of instruction that you like to follow, this is the place to keep it. I have a schedule that I kind of keep to, which is under this tab. (Perhaps I will share it in a later post).
Tab #2 – Yearly Calendar
Place your yearly calendar from Step 1 under this tab. You will refer to this calendar a number of times throughout the school year, so it’s nice to keep it under it’s very own tab. At the top of each month, you can also write in the monthly theme, and focus shape, number and color for circle time activities. This is optional, but I like having it there for a reminder. You can also just refer to your preschool theme schedule under Tab #3 (below).
Also, this is a good time to go back to your calendar to record the basics you plan on teaching in each week in reading and math. Start by numbering each week you plan on teaching. Then, on the Sunday of week one, record what you plan on doing in reading, perhaps what letter you plan on teaching or what lesson you will do based on the curriculum you have decided. Do this in a color of pen you have not used yet.
Then, using yet another color of pen, do the same for math. You can simply write in the discipline only, or you can write the discipline and concept you will be teaching.
Tab #3 – Preschool Theme Schedule
This is where I keep my preschool theme schedule from Step 3. By now I have filled in the remaining categories so I know what months I’ll be teaching what themes, as well as what the monthly focus numbers, shapes and colors will be.
Tab #4 – Yearly Thematic Plans–Suggested Activities
Remember the list if suggested activities you made yesterday. That list goes under this tab.
Tab #5 – Math Scope and Sequence
This is where you will keep your math scope and sequence you filled out in Step 2. If you have not already, go back to this template and fill in the monthly themes, and focus number, shape and color in the second column labeled “circle time concepts.” You can refer back to your preschool theme schedule for this. I like to have it written in my math scope and sequence as well, just as an extra reminder.
Tab #6 – Reading Lesson Plans (optional)
Depending on how you plan to teach literacy, you may find that you do not need this tab. If you have a set of lesson plans to include, or even an outline of what letters you will cover each week, it will go here.
*** UPDATE! ***
*** Because of reader interest, I now sell my preschool literacy lesson plans! You can purchase each component individually, or you can purchase them as a bundle for a discounted price! They can also be purchased from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.***
And…I now sell my preschool math lesson plans, too! These are not the thematic lessons I mention above, but these are complete lesson plans that include everything you need to teach preschool math for an entire year. You can purchase each unit individually (there are nine of them), or you can purchase them as a bundle for a discounted price! They can also be purchased from myTeachers Pay Teachers store.***
Tab #7 – Blank Notebook Paper
The final tab in my binder is for blank notebook paper. This is a place for me to keep track of things I need to do. I might record supplies I need to buy, or manipulatives I need to make. I might also use this space to draw out activities that I think up mid-theme, or write down reminders. It is a free space to record anything preschool related and I use it frequently.
And…you’ve done it! In just a matter of a few simple steps you have managed to plan out an entire year of preschool instruction to ask as a guideline. Remember, this system is not meant to be set in stone and following to the very last detail. It is not meant for planning out each and every minute of your instructional time. This system is a way for you to organize what skills and concepts you plan on teaching for the year. It is a scope and sequence, meaning…a scope what you plan to cover and a sequence of how you might go about doing it.