Welcome to the Starting Homeschool Preschool Series. This is post #4.
1.Peaceful Days with a Child-Led Homeschool Preschool
2.Is Project-Based Preschool For You?
3. A Typical Day in Our Child-Led Homeschool Preschool
4. How to Set the Perfect Preschool Routine at Home
5. How to Write Simple Home Preschool Early Learning Goals
6. How to Create Simple Homeschool Preschool Lesson Plans
I have a confession, Beautiful Mama!
I only spend 5 minutes on my preschool lesson plans and 15 minutes prepping my materials each week. How much time do you spend?
Truth be told, planning and prepping doesn’t have to take a long time when you have all the resources at your fingertips.
And I don’t mean Pinterest. I mean a laid out child-led program that has an endless supply of topics full of developmentally appropriate activities.
I wanted to show you my planning process today. And you certainly can use this process with Pinterest or any other program you may be following. I use The Preschool Experience Curriculum which I designed to make this planning process easier.
The preschool lesson plans are simple to prep and use materials typically found around the house. And since all the activity ideas are laid out for me, all I have to do is choose a topic that Sicily is interested in right now. Then I pick 2-3 activities for each day that I know will resonate with her.
How Many Activities?
The first thing I want to address is that we do not do activities all day every day. I plan 8 learning games that stay out on her shelf all week. And we don’t do all of them everyday. These relate to the topic we are studying, a skill she is working on, or a skill I want to motivate her with.
Most of our preschool lesson plans are child-led which means I set them up during our free play time and let her explore on her own. Many of these activities stay out all week, so she can keep coming back to them and expand on what she learned the day before.
Related: A Typical Day in our Child-Led Homeschool Preschool
Homeschool Preschool Lesson Plans
The Preschool Experience Curriculum gives you invitations to explore, literacy activities, math activities, process art ideas, cooking ideas, and motor activities that relate to the topic.
I first go through and choose the 8 activities for our learning games shelf. Some of these activities come from the topic unit study and some come from the general literacy and math section of the curriculum. The general literacy and math sections are laid out by specific skills, so you can choose which skills your child is interested in learning in that moment.
Then I go through the rest of the topic unit study to fill in a variety of activities throughout the week. I try to make sure I have a variety so I meeting all her needs each week. I don’t want to be too heavy in math or literacy. And our primary focus is the topic not the skills. I believe skills come more naturally through learning about interests.
And that’s it. You can watch me plan a week’s worth of lessons in the video below. Sicily has been VERY interested in dinosaurs since visiting the Science Museum a few weeks ago, so I’m planning our second week of dinosaurs in this video.
When I finish planning, I gather all my materials for the week and place them in daily bins. That way everything is together in one place.
Before I go to bed each night, I gather the next day’s materials and set up the activities. This usually only takes me 10 minutes each night. And since many of the activities repeat throughout the week, by the end of the week I barely have to spend much time setting up.
Do I Really Need a Curriculum?
The short answer is no. But (and there’s always a but) having a curriculum full of hands-on activities that you know are developmentally appropriate makes the planning process so much easier.
Before I developed The Preschool Experience, I was spending hours searching for activity ideas for one week. I knew I wanted hands-on, child-led activities. And to be honest, they were really hard to find on Pinterest. I had to sift through all the cutesy art activities that had little to no learning value to them…and not to mention those cutesy art activities are not developmentally appropriate.
Look at what Annie had to say about using The Preschool Experience Curriculum…
Having a curriculum makes it so much easier for me to jump into topics they are interested in without spending hours trying to prepare on my own.
So do you really need a curriculum…no.
But with a well developed curriculum you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle. Plus gain more time to spend learning, exploring, playing, and building a strong love of learning with your little.
Be sure to grab the free unit study and planner by clicking the image below.