Lesson planning can be one of those things that keeps us feeling overwhelmed throughout the school year. One of the ways to stop that overwhelming feeling is to begin with a year long planning calendar from the beginning.
Planning is part of what we do to keep a smooth running classroom.
The planning process can begin with a year long planning calendar that gives you a road map for success.
The first step to the process is to think about what your previous students had an interest in.
Young children usually have similar interest. Another thing to think about is the time of year, seasons always brings up natural interest in children.
Think about these things and make a list of everything that first pops into your mind about the previous year.
Take that list and write down all of those interest ideas onto sticky notes.
Do you have them?
Now spread out your calendars and start sticking. Move them around until you find the right fit.
Now that you have your themes and interest all plotted out on your calendar.
The next step is to think about letters that can be introduced to children based on those interest.
Like F for Friends and S for Super Friends
I believe that when you introduce children to letters it is more interesting to them if it is associated with something that they are already interested in.
Wait we are not done yet.
I also like to have a general plan for my center areas. These areas only get changed up once a month to ensure that children have plenty of time to engage and stretch their skills for a deeper understanding, but they still need to be planned.
I like to plan in advance for these centers because it usually takes me awhile to hunt and gather all the items needed to execute them for optimal learning.
Now that it is all planned out have a little fun with your planning calendar, add stickers, washi tape and inspirational stickers.
It will put a smile on your face as you flip through your plans when things are getting a little bit overwhelming.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.