Daily Preschool Activities, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 13

13. How to use the curriculum

Hopefully you had some time to get prepared and make your supplies. Now all you need to do is understand how this curriculum works.

This curriculum is a 3 day a week program with optional enrichment and play activities for the other 2 days of the week. Choose from the enrichment and optional activities and do only what you like, what you think your child will like, and what you have time for. I include many different activities to choose from and you should not feel stressed if you don’t do everything. You are not supposed to do everything. Don’t worry if you miss a day, or if all you do is read a book and count to 10. Preschoolers are learning all day long and you are teaching them even when you don’t realize it. Don’t worry if you do none of the enrichment activities. I include them only so you have some ideas to keep your preschooler busy when you need to keep them occupied.

There are some activities that you will repeat daily. Below, there are links that will help you understand how to maximize the time and get the most out of the activity.

Circle Time: Usually done with many preschool children at once but circle time can be done with all your children or one on one.

-Purpose of circle time-http://abchomepreschool.com/PreschoolEducationBlog/2007/05/24/preschool-circle-time/

-Why circle time is important: http://www.aplaceofourown.org/question_detail.php?id=205

Calendar Time: Calendar time in this curriculum is done differently than many preschools. This decision reflects the most current research on how preschoolers learn and understand the concept of time. These articles explains why.

-Good Intentions Gone Awry: http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/beneke_calendar_time.pdf

-Missing the Mark: http://blog.mathatplay.org/2012/01/01/“calendar-time”-in-preschool-are-we-missing-the-mark/

-Questioning the Curriculum: https://home.comcast.net/~leighanne.kraemer/graduateportfolio/calendarmath.pdf

Weather Time:

-How and why to talk about weather: http://www.the-preschool-professor.com/preschool-weather.html

-Make a weather bear: http://preschool2prek.blogspot.com/2009/09/our-weather-bear-and-how-you-can-make.html

-Make a weather wheel: http://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=24870

Story Time

-How to Read a Bedtime Story: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/24609/ (use for any story time)

-How to Read Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/60/

-Reading Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/reading_aloud/

-Reading Tips: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7833/

-Interactive Reading: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/16287/

At the top of each weekly plan the following are listed: goals and standards, supplies and preparation, cheap optional supplemental tools, and a weekly article with topics geared to raising preschoolers.

Every required activity presented in this curriculum comes from a free online source. Some of the links are videos, music, printables, and directions for activities. Except for the few books that you will need to buy, basic supplies, and printer ink, you won’t need to spend a penny.

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DIY Teaching Materials, DIY Preschool Supplies, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 11

11. DIY Teaching Materials

You will use these teaching tools frequently during the entire year. Some you may use daily. They will be referred to often in the curriculum. You don’t need to print and make these tools until they are mentioned in the curriculum but if you have the time you can get an early start on creating them. Directions on what to do with the learning tool will be in the schedule.

Items for Circle Time:

Chart for Weather Time:

Chart for Calendar Time:

Items for Story Time:

Play dough mats- “ABC” and “abc” template cards to teach letter formation (roll play dough snakes on letter shape, use pipe cleaners to build letters, or trace with fingers)

http://www.daycareresource.com/flashcards27632.html (print each letter as needed)

Bumpy Letters: http://www.education.com/activity/article/bumpyalphabet_preschool/

Tactile Sand Letters:

Foldable Number Line- http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-number-line.html

Growing Lemons and Flower math tool- http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-growing-lemons.html

Play dough number mats- http://abcjesuslovesme.com/learning-letters-a-numbers/267-number-posters

Number and Dot counting cards: http://www.daycareresource.com/dotflashcards3434.html

Number Match File Folder Game: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/teddy-number-cards.pdf

Make 2 copies of the ten frame sheets: http://www.fuelthebrain.com/Printable/detail.php?ID=208

10 Frame Strips:

http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/Five%20Frame%20Flash%20Cards.pdf

10 frame with dots: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/Ten%20Frame%20Flash%20Cards.pdf

Counting dots/manipulatives: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/Dot%20strips%201%20-%2010.pdf

printable math manipulatives: http://www.homeschoolfever.com/downloads/numbers/rainbowmanipulatives.pdf

shapes to laminate, cut and attach magnets if you want to use on cookie sheet: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-shapes-cut-out-templates.html

Black and white pattern blocks: http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/pdf_files/pattern_blocks/all_blocks.pdf

Tanagrams: http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/pdf_files/tangrams/tangram.pdf

Color Matching: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-ice-cream.html

Shape Matching: http://www.mrprintables.com/shape-matching-games.html

Money with Ten Frames: http://www.kentuckymathematics.org/resources/docs/2008/coins%20for%20unitary%20thinkers.pdf

Clock file folder: http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-file-folder-games-clock.html

Flannel Board:

Puppets:

Dot Counting Cards: http://www.prekinders.com/2008/02/dot-cards-for-counting/

How Many Cookies Playdough Mat: http://preschoolspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/cookie-jar-playdough-mats.pdf

Preschool Organization, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 10

10. Get Organized

Let’s face it. Keeping a clean house is hard enough with a preschooler in the home. Add homeschooling supplies to the mix just makes it harder. Get organized so everything has a place. Find your supplies quickly when you need them and protect your supplies from getting lost or damaged.

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2011/09/beadboard-school-supply-caddy.html

http://www.martawrites.com/2012/02/preschool-projects-art-supplies-and.html

http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/04/reader-raid-happy-homeschool.html

http://rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com/2012/04/organization-in-early-childhood.html

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/magnetic-tote-672404/

Preschool Kits and Supplies, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 9

9. Splurge a little. Optional step.

If you are aching to spend some money then here are some great ways to spend your dough!

Everything Preschool Kits:

http://timefortotslearningkits.com/everything-preschool-kit/

Online Shopping:

I love Lakeshore Learning. This is my favorite store. I make no promises that they offer the best price on products but I love their  products.

http://products.lakeshorelearning.com/preschool-learning-products

Online Websites:

Videos:

Leapfrog Letter Factory

DIY Preschool Projects, DIY Preschool Furniture, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 8

8. Optional DIY build it projects

Below are links and directions to build your own preschool items.

Sand and Water Table:

http://makeathomemomma.blogspot.com/2012/06/diy-watersand-tables.html

Ana White Website has tons of great plans for kids furniture:

http://ana-white.com/

Dress Up Cabinet: 

http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2012/02/conquered-closet-chloes-dress-up.html#.UHSW65gWJA8

Pinterest for upcycling projects to make a play kitchen:

Crib to art table:

http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/upcycling-cribs/

Art Easel:

http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/how-to-make-an-easel/

Cheap easel:

http://playinghouseinmaryland.blogspot.com/2012/06/diy-tabletop-art-easel.html

Adorable child’s personal portable desk:

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2011/05/creative-guest-icandy-handmade.html

Preschool Learning Centers, Free Preschool Curriculum

STEP 7

7. Set up learning centers

Fine Motor/Table Toys: If you try to build your collection of fine motor activities/table toys over night you will get overwhelmed, run out of money, or get cramps in your hands from super craftiness. Follow the suggestions in the curriculum for new activities to add each week that fit the monthly theme or basic skill. Make the suggested activities 1 at a time to build your collection little by little. Don’t try to do it all at once.

Blocks: Upcycle ideas are great if you don’t feel stressed about adding everything you need too quickly. This too will take time to build. Just add a few extra upcycled blocks at a time until you are satisfied with the amount or until you run out of room!

Dramatic Play: You probably have most things you need in your home or you can find them second hand. Children don’t need a fancy expensive toy to make-believe. They will be just as happy with an old or not working version (not dangerous of course!) of the real thing. -old plastic dishes from your kitchen, old clothes and shoes for dress up, old phone, etc..

Literacy Center:

 

Table Toys/Fine Motor/Tot Trays:

1.http://ezinearticles.com/?Preschool-Fine-Motor-Interest-Center—Manipulatives,-Math-and-More!&id=6037817

2.http://www.childcarelounge.com/environments/table-toys-area.php

Block Center:

1.http://voices.yahoo.com/the-importance-block-play-preschoolers-3519929.html

2.http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/blocks/SettingUp.html

3.http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-play-blocks-and-props.html

Upcycle/DIY

1.http://kindergartenbasics.blogspot.ca/2012/04/egg-cartons-as-building-blocks.html

2.http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/02/21/the-big-city/

3.http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2007/05/building-blocks-recyclers-do-it.html?m=1

Dramatic Play:

http://www.childcarelounge.com/environments/dramatic-play.php

Literacy Center:

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/literacycentersexamples.html

Science Center: 

1.http://voices.yahoo.com/set-irresistible-science-center-preschool-5792174.html?cat=4

2.http://prekinders.com/science-center/

Art Center:

1.http://preschool2prek.blogspot.com/2009/02/making-art-center-things-to-keep-on.html

2.http://www.preschoolplaybook.com/2009/05/art-center.html

Music and Movement:

1. http://www.ehow.com/info_7880407_music-learning-center-ideas.html

2.http://www.preschoolkids.net/Music_and_Movement.htm