When I first started teaching, there was no such thing as resources you could download from the computer and print in your own classroom or home office. A lot has changed since then. Now, free printables for teaching preschool are everywhere, which is such a great thing!
Here I’m sharing my top five most downloaded printables for teaching preschool.
These are all free preschool printables, so be sure to grab your own copies of each one!
My Top 5 Printables for Teaching Preschool
Sometimes, you come across a teaching resource where you think to yourself,
Where the heck has this been all my life!?
I know, because I’ve been there before.
And then sometimes you can’t find a teaching resource that you’re looking for and you think to yourself,
How the heck is this not already a thing? I can’t be the only one needing this!
And I’ve been there before, too.
That’s just one reason why I started making my own printables for teaching preschool.
Ok, maybe it has a tiny bit to do with the fact that I’m a little bit of a perfectionist and I’m independent, a smidge on the stubborn side, and have my own way of
doing wanting things.
But I started making printables for teaching preschool because I once posted a short series about lesson planning and the next thing I knew, my readers were asking me for my exact templates and printables I was using. I mean, there are over 100 comments on a single post, the majority of them saying something along the lines of,
Can I just have a copy of what you use so I don’t have to recreate it myself?
Well, yes, as a matter of fact, you can. And let’s start with my top five most downloaded printables for teaching preschool.
5 Must-Have Printables for Teaching Preschool
There are three things all these printables have in common:
- They are all free.
- They are downloaded more than other printables.
- They are the printables I use on a regular basis.
It can be overwhelming to be tasked with lesson planning, especially when trying to consider your objectives for an entire year. The place to start is by developing a curriculum map, or scope and sequence. This post includes a free curriculum map template to get you started in lesson planning for math. Oh, and it’s fully editable, too!
Creating a calendar of themes is just one step to writing preschool lesson plans, and it also allows you to write up your curriculum map an entire year in advance. This will help you identify important dates that may impact your preschool activities for any given day.
This calendar is fully editable, which means you can type directly into the document, making it even easier to revise your year. At the top of each month also includes a space to record your preschool theme, as well as focus letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, too!
Like many little boys their age, my boys love trains. Love them. As in, that’s what they do most of the day! So I know I can count on any train-themed alphabet activity to keep them interested in learning letters! And this alphabet train letter activity happens to come with a free printable and four creative variations on how to use it!
This rainbow trees color sorting activity is a fun way for young children to practice color recognition and sorting while also working on their fine motor skills. Grab your free printable and put it in your math center or fine motor center. Your preschoolers will love it! This is one we pretty much keep out all year long.
Number Formation Tracing Cards
These little number formation cards are ideal for just about any number tracing practice. You can hole punch them and place them on a binder ring to use a quick flashcard like practice, or use them as basic tracing cards to add to your math center or writing center, or you can even use them with your salt tray. They are so versatile.
Click here to grab these free number formation cards and read all the extra ways I use them with my preschool classes.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.