I started by determining how many days per week, hours per day and weeks per year I wanted this program to run. Then I grabbed a calendar and divided the goals and themes up to fit our preschool timeline. My program runs for 13 weeks, so I have just enough time to work on two letters per week. I selected the letters based on the other activities we have going on during that time. So during the Me theme, I might choose “M” for me and “F” for face as the letters of the week.
Jump right in and start writing your plans for each week. Don’t wait until you know exactly what you’re going to do for every aspect of it – that’s why God made erasers Just write in what you know you want to do now, and add to it or tweak as you go. You can create your own planning page or use the one I made for myself HERE.
Mine has a place for date, theme, color, numbers, letters and shape at the top. Then under that, I have our preschool schedule: Circle Time, Outdoor Time, Snack/Bathroom and Learning Time. Yes, I realize Learning Time is not the best name for it…it’s all learning time, right? But anyway, this is the time I set aside to do fine motor and art projects. The empty boxes below this schedule will be where the specific activities are written for each day (five rows = 5 days). Here’s an example:
I have a second planning sheet that covers the activities we will be doing every single day (shown below). For example, Circle Time is for reviewing letters, shapes, colors, numbers and the calendar. We won’t be doing this in exactly the same way every day, so I also left some room to write specific activities. This way I can ensure that each learning goal is covered each day.
This is what mine looks like, but you can easily make a word document like this to fit your program too. This is just intended to show how you can take your goals and incorporate them into a set schedule in order to help determine activities.
I’ll share more on our specific learning activities tomorrow!