2 Principles to Improve Preschool Lessons Creating Lesson Plans for Preschool Students can be a daunting task, especially since pre-k teachers are one of the first educational influences in children’s lives. They have a lot of material they could cover. The hard part is determining how much material to cover and how best to present it so that the kids learn. What can pre-k teachers do to create lesson plans for preschool students effectively?
Teach what they want to learn Part of creating lesson plans for preschool students is finding out what they want to learn about. You can associate almost any two topics together. If you find that your preschoolers like dinosaurs, then use dinosaur names and images in a theme as you prep. It will not only make the lesson plan interesting for your students, but it will make the concepts easier to remember. Now not everyone will always agree on a single theme. If that happens to you, you’ll have to find 2 or 3 general themes that can reach most of your class. Reteach the same concept according to those themes to help that part of the class understand as well. Finding out what they like doesn’t have to be hard either. Present to them a number of different topics that are popular amongst preschool students: i.e. dinosaurs, animals, kids’ shows, etc. You can also ask them directly what they would like to learn about to get some ideas. Some kids will have to show you more than tell you. Have a wide variety of activities with different themes available during play time. Look to see what themes take hold and what don’t. Take note of those themes and try to teach your lessons in context of them.
Creative activities Next, put creative activities into your plans. Preschoolers are at a very exploratory stage of their lives. They are still exploring the world around them. Much of it is still a mystery, especially since they were recently thrown into the strange world of preschool. From being around their parents 24 hours a day to spending 25 plus a week in a classroom with a new adult and other kids their own age, they have a lot to figure out. Remember that they need opportunities to investigate new things. Integrate object lessons and small, but safe experiments with the new world to help them explore. You could always have them color in a picture of a letter, but what if you brought in a series of dinosaur and animal toys that can help them learn the alphabet. Creating themes of interesting topics helps anyone to learn concepts as they really apply to the real world. College students have trouble focusing on topics that arenâ€™t interesting or applicable to real life. Preschoolers donâ€™t have a chance if college students struggle with it too. Gear your lesson plans to encompass the things theyâ€™re interested in to help them learn. Make activities and visual lessons a normal part of their classroom experience. Lesson plans for preschool students will go so much better if the students can see how things work visually. Creatively create lesson plans that integrate personalized themes with object lessons to teach principles. Children will respond much easier to these aspects of the lessons. Photo credit: Bolt of blue, Pink Sherbet Photography