This was my favorite class so far! I have learned so much in this course and taken away so many lesson plan ideas as well. I was glad to see that we have a lot of similar ideas and teaching methods in common; it makes me feel more confident in my teaching and feels like I am doing a good job.
I have been a preschool teacher for 9 years now and this course gave me some new exciting ideas to use in my classroom. I am so glad I took the class.
I just want to say that I LOVED this course. KT (the instructor) did an excellent job. I found this course very interesting and fun. I loved her ideas and suggestions. She made me feel confident in setting up lesson plans and dealing with situations that may arise in the classroom. Thanks again, KT, for everything!
This was an amazing course! It was very informative and well worth it. Since it was online, it was definitely easy to access anytime of the day...I especially liked the instructor’s writing style because it was definitely very teacher-like especially for the topic of preschool - cute, fun, interesting and educational through each and every lesson.
This is the most helpful course and curriculum I have ever taken. It will remain a resource for me to utilize on may levels.
I have been working in preschool settings for over 25 years. I have enjoyed this course greatly and have learned a lot of new strategies. This course has lit the fire under me and has started my creative thinking for the classroom again. Thank you so much for offering this course.
This is the second course that I have taken with this instructor and she is awesome! The lessons were laid out in an easy way to follow. There were very helpful supplementary articles with each lesson. I enjoyed this course and this instructor and would recommend both to others.
I enjoyed this course and learned a lot of useful suggestions. I am excited to teach preschool this fall! Thank you for making this class not too difficult and providing us with useful lessons and activities.
This was a wonderful class that gave me tons of new ideas that I can't wait to apply to my classes this year. I would definitely take another class from KT!
I'd like the instructor to know that I absolutely enjoyed taking this class and it has already been helpful. It is very clear that you not only have a good deal of experience teaching preschoolers, but you are passionate about what you do and that made returning to the lessons throughout this course even more exciting and fun. I am so glad to be working with little ones again and look forward to continuing applying what I have learned here. The resources you provided will also be incredibly helpful as well. Thank you!
Course Code: tps
Discover what preschool teaching is all about, what the typical preschooler is like, and the skills we need to cultivate to be successful teachers. Then, learn a trusty lesson plan template, and discuss its first four components—themes, circle discussions, literacy activities, and songs and fingerplays.
Learn how to create a balanced lesson plan that includes art projects, number sense activities, large and fine motor skill activities, dramatic play, and science and discovery time. Then, discuss smart strategies to make the classroom transition easy on young children.
Learn some fun lesson plans around the Halloween theme. You will examine several books, art projects and dramatic plays that complement Halloween. Then, build a week’s worth of lesson plans around the Thanksgiving theme.
Craft a week’s worth of lesson plans around the theme of Celebrations Around the World. Discover wonderful books, circle discussions, dramatic play ideas, and art projects that help celebrate diversity and cultural exploration. Then, learn how to build your own winter wonderland at school with lesson plan ideas that incorporate number sense, discovery, games, and art projects.
Create a week’s worth of balanced, Valentine’s-themed lesson plans that cover baking recipes, art, number, and letter projects. Then, use the template to plan a weather-themed week full of literacy, number sense, science, and motor skill activities.
Learn how to design a variety of farm and animal-themed lesson plans that include art projects, science and discovery time, number activities, and circle discussions. Then, develop a week’s worth of lesson plans around Mother’s Day crafts, activities, games, books, and art projects.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 15 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.