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If you've been teaching preschoolers or are in the process of becoming a preschool teacher, you know what short attention spans preschoolers have. You've probably wondered how to structure your days to make the most of the way they learn. Up to now, crafting original and inspiring lesson plans may have been a daunting task, but not for much longer! In this course, you'll get equipped with a solid lesson plan template and lots of interchangeable activities to choose from—plenty of inspiration to take you and your students from September to May. You'll learn over 100 circle-discussion, art, literacy, fine and large motor skill, science, and music activities that you can take into your classroom right away. Then you can adopt the ideas just as they are or tweak them slightly to fit a variety of themes. Either way, you'll have ample material for crafting memorable, balanced, and engaging lesson plans. Whether you're already teaching or you're just investigating a career as an early childhood educator, you're sure to find the right mix of inspiration, motivation, and practical tips in this six-week course.
Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.
Course Revised March 2013
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Have you ever thought about teaching children aged 2 to 5? Or maybe you already are and just want some fun, creative ideas to help you reach these students on their level. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to discover what preschool teaching is all about, what the typical preschooler is like, and the skills we need to cultivate to be successful teachers. It’s a privilege to educate children at this age because these are the formative years that set the stage for all the K-12 learning to follow.
A lot of people mistakenly think that preschool teaching is all about art projects and snack time. Nothing could be further from the truth—the best preschool classrooms are structured around solid, balanced lesson plans that challenge and motivate students to learn something new every day. In this lesson, we’ll use my trusty lesson plan template, and we’ll discuss its first four components—themes, circle discussions, literacy activities, and songs and fingerplays.
Now that you know the first four components of our lesson plan template, are you ready to meet the rest? A balanced lesson plan also includes art projects, number sense activities, large and fine motor skill activities, dramatic play, and science and discovery time. I know that sounds like a lot of activities to do during the week, but we’ll be mixing it up every day to provide a balance of activities that stretch students’ minds. See how we do just that in this lesson.
There’s something about going back to school in September. For us, it’s an exciting time of year because we get to meet our new students. But students often have a lot of anxiety about going back to school. So in today’s lesson, we’ll talk about smart strategies to make the classroom transition easy on them. We’ll also discuss some of my favorite activities built around the All About Me and My Family theme. This theme will take us through the first week of school, and we’ll use it as a springboard to design all the other activities to fill that week’s lesson plan template.
October is a month of spooks and scares, but that doesn’t mean that our lesson plans need to be in horrifying shape. On the contrary, October lends itself to some fun lesson plans around the Halloween theme. That’s just what we’ll be discussing today—are you ready to craft a week’s worth of lessons around this spooktacular holiday? We’ll discuss everything from the books to the art projects and dramatic play that complement Halloween.
November is the month when we take some time to consider all that we have and how grateful we are for the wonderful things in our life. And in today’s lesson, we’ll build a week’s worth of lesson plans around the Thanksgiving theme. Complete with science activities, fine and large motor skill ideas, and number sense activities, we’ll fill in our Thanksgiving week with a balance of educational and fun projects.
If November is a month for being thankful, December is a month for grand-scale celebration. In this lesson, we’ll craft a week’s worth of lesson plans around the theme of Celebrations Around the World. We’ll discover wonderful books, circle discussions, dramatic play ideas, and art projects that help us celebrate diversity and cultural exploration.
Whether you live in a snowy climate or sunny Florida, you can probably appreciate the joys of winter. And that’s the theme we’ll plan a week’s worth of lessons around for January. You’ll be able to build your own winter wonderland at school with lesson plan ideas that incorporate number sense, discovery, games, and art projects. No passport necessary!
It’s always great to get a valentine, and Valentine’s Day is a fantastic time to incorporate some heart into the preschool classroom. Today we’ll create a week’s worth of Valentine’s themed lesson plans. Covering everything from heart-y recipes to exciting art, number, and letter projects, we’ll create a balanced lesson plan that won’t leave you seeing red.
March is often when we notice the sunshine and puffy clouds in the sky. That makes March the perfect time to plan a weather-themed week. In today’s lesson, we’ll do just that—craft literacy, number sense, science, and motor skill activities around the weather. As we build balanced lesson plans in our trusty template, we just might see the lightning bolt of inspiration strike!
April showers do lead to May flowers, but one of my favorite themes in April is all about the farm. Since spring is a time that brings birth and renewal in the natural world, what better time to teach students about animals and outdoor life? In today’s lesson, we’ll craft a variety of farm and animal-themed lesson plans that include art projects, science and discovery time, number activities, and circle discussions.
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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 continue applying what I have learned here. The resources you provided will also be incredibly helpful as well. Thank you!
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