Preschool Lesson Plan:
Advice for Teachers Developing One
by Sue Chehrenegar
A childs day at a preschool should begin with a warm and
loving welcome. Remember, this small child is, upon entering the
preschool, leaving the safety of his or her home. The preschooler
frequently objects to being separated from the parent or grandparent.
The preschool lesson plan should, therefore, include some method
for creating a heartfelt and interesting greeting.
Makes Songs part of your Preschool Lesson Plan
Once the instructors have allowed the entering children to share
some of their most recent experiences, then the group can begin
a round of music and song. Children love to sing, and so
teaching songs is one of the surest successes to develop from
any preschool lesson plan. The more the children sing any song,
the better they will learn the words and the more they will then
want to sing that song again.
Use Stories to Teach the Values of your Preschool Lesson Plan
After the singing, then the children can be gathered together
for the chance to hear an enchanting story. Many folk tales and
fairy tales show children the rewards that come with the doing
of good deeds and the sad consequences of bad behavior. Children
can learn from such stories how to know more clearly the difference
between right and wrong. Such stories are an important part of
any preschool lesson plan.
Use Play and Teams in your Preschool Lesson Plan
After the storytelling, then the children will want to stretch
their muscles. This is the time for games. The instructors may
plan to have supervised games, where the children form teams and
try to best each other in some fashion. Alternatively, the children
can be allowed to play outside on regulation play equipment, or
inside at designated play centers. The weather is often in charge.
Coloring, Crafts, or Science in your Preschool Lesson
When the children come in from their play, then they should be
invited to join in a quiet activity, such as coloring. In addition
to coloring, there are many other crafts that can be used to keep
small hands busy. If the preschool instructors do not feel ready
to handle a daily, or even weekly, dose of arts and crafts, then
the lesson plan can call for introducing the small students to
some simple hands-on science.
Include Memorizing Quotes in your Preschool Lesson Plan
If the instructors need to lengthen the plan of activities for
their preschoolers, then they can introduce other activities.
Suggestions would be the memorization of sayings/proverbs that
teach basic truths. One example is a quote from Benjamin Franklin:
A penny saved is a penny earned. Another possibility
is the discussion of how the story they have heard invites them
to consider a way to help others. The preschool instructor should,
of course, include in the lesson plan a time for any needed clean-up
At the close of the day, or the end of the session, the preschool
children will want a loving goodbye. They will want to feel that
the lesson plan calls for their return at some future time.
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