Lesson Planning is an Art in Itself
Most teachers agree that one of the most difficult aspects of teaching is planning. There is a lot to be done outside the classroom, such as lesson planning and planning for games and activities. If you are a new teacher, then it can be more challenging as you try to navigate and plan for a repertoire of lesson and activity plans. However, once you get established and find your groove, things will become easier. The Internet, not surprisingly, is a wonderful place to get ideas and resources. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of resources for preschool lesson planning. All lessons are activity based since this seems to be the way most children enjoy learning and many early childhood education philosophies are based on this kind of active learning.
Children at the preschool level are still learning about the basics. So why not introduce them to the distinct types of colors? You could do this by introducing a song such as the “The Color Song” which is sung with the same tune as “If your happy and you know it.” You can also prepare some colors to show them, when this song is performed. Using colored paper, cut out various shapes and mix them up. Then ask the students to identify each color. You could also pair students and have them work as teams. After they are done with the activity, go over it with them and see how well they performed.
The ABCs of Learning
At some point in time, your students will need to start learning their alphabets. There are many ways to introduce them to the world of ABCs. Along with teaching them how to say the letters, you could also plan activities to enable them to see the alphabets and even write them. The best way to start this exercise is to let them trace the alphabets and tracing the letters in their name. You can also use this opportunity to show them how to hold pencils correctly and introduce them to unfamiliar words, by asking them to trace the letters. Tracing activity can also be used to introduce the kids to the world of numbers.
Keeping it Friendly
Children are never too young to learn how to be good friends with the rest of the class. There are even children’s books that address the subject. Once an age-appropriate book is found it can be read to the classroom. After the book is read you could ask them what they learned from it and maybe even have them act out scenes using puppets. The aim of this lesson is to educate them on how people should treat others.
Imagine all the Students
All children have a sense of imagination; some just have more than others. They love to live in a world of make-believe. There is nothing wrong with that; however, at some point, you will need to bring them back to planet earth and help them get reoriented again. This is the time to explain the difference between the real world and make-believe. A good way to do this is by reading a fictional story and then asking them if the events in the story are real or imagined and if so which parts? You could also introduce games, such as playing house, to help them learn about differentiation.