The key to a successful home preschool year is to plan. I am the type that loves to write out my lesson plans on paper. It helps me organize my ideas and keeps me focused on what needs to be taught. Today I’m excited to share with you my new weekly preschool planner that I’ll be using with my 4 year old preschooler this school year!
I like to plan out my week on Sunday and gather all the materials I need for my lessons that week. Here’s a look at what the sheet looks like. Here’s a little bit of what we do for these subjects:
I have a lot of home preschool moms ask me how to do this, especially if you only have 1 child you are homeschooling. I think circle time is an awesome way to start out the preschool day. It becomes a routine and helps the child understand that this is how the school day starts. If you have older homeschooled kids, it’s a good way to do something all together. I still recommend doing circle time even if you only have 1 child.
Here is what we do for circle time:
- We start with a morning song. I also like to do songs with movements or fingerplays.
- Then we go through the calendar and weather charts. We review over the letter of the week, practice counting together (by 1s, by 5s, or 10s), and do simple patterns with counting bears (AB, AABB).
- Then I do a read aloud. I sometimes do the read aloud that goes along with our language arts lessons or sometimes it’s just a book that I think would be great to read to my preschooler.
Language arts cover the areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. For preschoolers, that means doing activities with the alphabet, listening skills, phonics, rhyming words, and handwriting.
Math & Science:
Preschool math consists of counting, colors, patterns, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, shapes, sorting, graphing, money, ordering, matching and subtitizing.
I like to do experiments and hands-on activities for preschool science. We usually do 1 activity in either math or science during our preschool day.
Motor skills are for fine motor (small movement) and gross motor (large movement) They are both important to work on! Building up fine motor skills will help with holding a pencil and handwriting skills. We don’t do both every day, but we try to.
Process Art or Crafts:
I do process art activities or crafts about 3 times per week. Process art are open-ended art activities. There is no final product, just whatever art your preschooler comes up with!
These are the subjects I plan out. I also make sure we have plenty of time to play outside, do learning games, field trips, and read lots of books! I just find that if I plan out our week for these subjects, I feel more successful. (You’ll notice in the picture above that we don’t do formal school on Wednesdays. It’s up to you on how many days you feel like you need to do school. I recommend between 2-4 per week with preschoolers.)
You can download the printable HERE.
I also want to share a few sample schedules for ages 2, 3, and 4-5. 2 year olds are very young to start formal preschool, so I only do 1 main activity with them (either alphabet or math). Here’s what the schedules look like:
Have a wonderful school year!