Preschool Themed Lesson Plans
Why use themed lesson plans?
Preschool topics are not essential to a successful preschool lesson, but they help tie it all together and keep students engaged in learning. For that reason, it is strongly recommended that preschool topics help teachers save time and energy in their planning.
Preschool Topics they also help teachers show students how different things can be interrelated. It allows them to delve into the subject and explore it from different angles.
How to use themes
Once a teacher has chosen a topic, the next requirement is to determine how to fit a lesson within the limitations of the topic. There should be multiple components to a thematic lesson. The first would be the main objectives, be it teaching geography or animals or new vocabulary. These goals should relate to the topic. For example, if the topic is animals, the learning objective might be to teach the jungle animals and the motif of their colors.
Next, the lesson should have a physical activity for the students to move and engage. This activity could be a song, a dance, a scavenger hunt, or a follow-the-leader game. Again, the activity should relate to the topic and allow students to explore it further. If the topic is animals, students can imitate animals and ask them to guess the correct animal.
Finally, the lesson should include a craft project. This project should engage students creatively, encouraging them to use art to express themselves and learn more about the topic.
Because preschoolers are interested in the world around them, good topics relate to the things they see every day. The following list is a good starting point for preschool teachers who need the ease of flexibility and a way to put it all together.
o World geography
o Mountains and volcanoes
or in the kitchen
o At the zoo
o Winter activities
Daily vs. Long-term issues
Teachers using preschool themes have a few options when it comes to the duration of the theme. They can choose one theme for a day or one for longer. Anything less than a day is not enough for students to understand the connection of activities.
If teachers want to expand preschool topics for a week or more, they should choose a topic broad enough that each day can be linked in some way. For example, if the topic is the weather, on Monday it could be the basic elemental movements that make up the weather, Tuesday’s natural disasters, Wednesday the water cycle, Thursday clouds and Friday can bring everything together.
Final thoughts on preschool topics
Preschool topics can help teachers put lessons together and explore ideas in a deeper way than they could in less time. Topics should not be shorter than a day, but they can be much longer, such as a week or even longer. Topics should be broad enough that teachers can address many different aspects, but they should be focused enough so that students can see the connection of ideas.