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7 Free Preschool Lesson Plans for Back to School
According to Beginning to Read, children that are not proficient in reading by the time they reach fourth grade will likely end up in jail or on welfare. It is estimated that seventy-eight percent of children that fall behind in their educational advancement must catch up before they finish fourth grade, or they will not recover. Knowing these statistics makes it even more important for educators to give our children our very best.
Teachers can help preschool children adjust to separation anxiety at the beginning of the year to make learning more enjoyable and improve engagement. Taking time to speak to parents and children; explaining what to expect each day and incorporating engaging, educational teaching methods are three ways that preschool instructors serve their students. Good lesson plans can make a big difference for students and instructors. The following lessons offer teachers options for their preschool classrooms.
Lesson Plan #1 Who’s Hiding Under the Blanket:
This child’s game is a fun way to help new students build friendships and learn the importance of names. With elements of music, memory and relationship building, this is a wonderful lesson plan for pre-K and kindergarten.
Lesson Plan #2 How Do I Feel: The lesson plan involves helping children understand some new and emerging feelings and new ways to express them with friends, parents and teachers. The lesson uses reading activities and open discussion time to discuss subjects that are confusing or scary for small children, including exciting or frustrating situations that children often have trouble articulating.
The American Sign Language Association reports that 17-20 percent of our children struggle with reading. Hearing impaired children should not be left out of the plans to improve literacy in our nation. Special Education teachers must incorporate appropriate story time activities to promote literacy in the classroom for special populations and the general student pool. Two suggestions for hearing impaired students are listed below.
Lesson Plan #3 Literature and Patterns is a plan designed around Easter Art is used as a medium to discuss family, gift giving, cultural celebrations and other social activities.
Lesson Plan #4 Oscar’s Garbage Can Game involves counting and throwing, Developing motor skills while having fun and practicing with numbers helps children of all levels develop sharper minds and stronger bodies.
Three More Lesson Plans for Fall
Telling Time Learning to tell time is a very important skill. Helping your youngest students identify numbers on a clock will build the foundation for learning to tell time. Modifying the exercise to include manipulating paper clocks or digital clocks allows teachers to reinforce the concept across multiple clock shapes and sizes.
Fireworks Art Using construction paper glue and glitter, engage your students with an art project that gives you a chance to introduce celebrations, patriotism and art techniques.
The Nutcracker—Music: Using the wonderful music from the Nutcracker, teachers can introduce the accent to blossoming you musicians. The Russian Dance provides a backdrop for leaning new descriptive words, listening skills and new musical terms.
Preschool blogger Sophia writes about teaching preschool, “If it’s positive, fun, and motivating, they’re much more likely to be enthusiastic about school in the future.” Fun, motivating and beneficial—those are qualities we can all get behind.