Once I had my goals set, themes chosen and lesson plans in place it was time to gather the material and organize myself. I started out with a plastic crate-style filing box, some file folders, a notebook and a few boxes for organizing toys and supplies. As I am accumulating and storing items, I am also writing each of them into the lesson plans so I’m sure to use them!
Here’s an example. A few days ago, I found a new Pond Life Preschool Pack that will go great with my Animal unit. After printing them off, I added them to my file box, then I grabbed all of my planning sheets for this unit and wrote the Pond Life activities in for several different days.
My plan is to gather as many ideas and supplies as I can now, then fill in the blanks for any needed activities as we go along. By reviewing my planning sheets about a week in advance throughout the summer, I can be aware of any learning goals that don’t yet have a planned activity and get to work on finding them.
For those of you who asked about my Circle Time Board (shown above), it’s nothing more than a large display board I found at Target with some visual representations of our learning goals. Most of it was made using construction paper and dollar store finds. My son is a very visual learner so in our case this was an important thing. Lakeshore Learning has several of these, some of which can be easily made at home!
I hope this series has given you a few ideas for summer preschool activities you can do at home. Stay tuned, because next week I’ll be sharing more of what I’m doing with my older kiddos!
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