Today I will be focusing on preschool planning. This is another post in my series, Preschool for Mommies. In this series, I will be giving you a step by step guide to doing preschool with your little ones at home. Let’s walk.
Preschool Planning: Quarterly and Monthly
Well if you are like me (semi picky) then you will need to see a plan of sorts. Not just any plan but a plan that shows what will be done in the next 3 months, monthly and then weekly. If you are not as picky as I am, no need to worry. Just remember that you need to have a plan because if you fail to plan, then plan to fail.
Here is what I currently do:
Step 1: Gather all the curricula that will be used for the next 3 months (Preschool planning does not go beyond three months because things may or will change.)
Step 2: I make a list of all the subjects I would like to teach for the next three months. For this quarter we are focusing on German, Math, Reading, Pre Writing, Bible Knowledge, and Independence. Once this is done I move on to step 3.
Step 3: I divide all the curricula into different subject groups.
Step 4: I decide what days I want to teach each subject. For J, she will be doing Prewriting every day as well as BFIAR or a themed printables that I have created. Math and Reading are every other day. On these days, I make those subjects the main focus. After deciding on the days for each subject,
Step 5: Before adding anything to your monthly preschool planning sheet, make a note of all the holidays, birthdays, and other days that you will be off. Then add your subjects to you monthly planning sheet.
Step 6: Do this for the following 2 months. Ensure that ALL the subjects that you would like to teach are included.
Preschool Planning: Weekly
Alright. You have completed your preschool planning for the next three months for all your subjects and now it is time to focus on the details.
Step 1: If you are lucky, each subject that you are doing has a table of contents. If that is the case, fill in the 4 or 5 weeks of the month. For example, J is using Basic Shapes for Beginners for pre-writing. The table of content is pretty easy to follow. Each week has 5 days so simply assign each day for a day on your Weekly calendar. If you are not so lucky, then proceed to step 2.
Step 2: See if there is a way to break down the different topics in your curricula. For example, if Math has 1 chapter on counting alone with 20 exercises, then assign 1 or 2 for each homeschooling day.
Step 3: Do this for ALL the subjects that you will be teaching.
Step 4: Highlight days that you may want to focus on special things. Fridays are sensory days for us and Wednesday is Art Day. On these days I know I MUST do an activity that addresses these areas.
Step 5: Print planning sheets and place them in a binder with a few dividers for easy use. Also aim to put all the different curricula in one area so you will not be scrambling, but that is another post.
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