Sep 25, 2005

WEEKLY PLANNING

WEEKLY PLANNING

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MONDAY:
Introduce the weekly theme with pictures and post one or two on your learning poster.
Choose one story to read based on the theme.
Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
Sing a song based on the theme.
Do the gross motor skills activity with your child.
Introduce the vocabulary word & post a picture for it on your learning poster.


TUESDAY:



Introduce the Shape/Color

For the weeks you teach a shape:

Collect 3 - 5 everyday objects in the shape of the week to share with your child and discuss.
Walk through your home looking for the shape.
Cut the shape out of playdough or cookie dough... bake the cookies!
Put a drawing of the shape on your learning poster.
For the weeks you teach a color:

Introduce the color by coloring in the shape on your learning poster with the color of the week.
Put on an article of clothing in the color of the week.
Point out objects around your home in the color of the week.
Add the color to a meal by choosing a food in the color, or using a plate, cup, or utensil in the color of the week.

Let your child color in a coloring book or on a printout in the color of the week.
Review the Weekly Theme
Choose one story to read based on the theme.
Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
Sing the song based on the theme that you chose on Monday.
Review the vocabulary word and use it as you talk to your child about the theme


WEDNESDAY:

Introduce the Letter for the Week

Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter to color.
Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter using their finger. You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
Point out the letter in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
Post the letter on your learning poster.
Review the Weekly Theme
Choose one story to read based on the theme.
Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
Sing the song based on the theme that you chose on Monday.
Review the vocabulary word and use it as you talk to your child about the theme.
Review the Shape/Color
Point out the shape and/or color on your learning poster and discuss with your child.


THURSDAY:

Introduce the Number for the Week

Show your child the appropriate number of objects to count, or eat the appropriate number of snacks of crackers, cheerios, etc..
Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for the number and put on your learning poster.
Add the correct number of stickers to your counting book.
Show your matching index cards for the number of the week to your child.
Draw the appropriate number of shapes (using the shape of the week) and count them.
Walk around the house counting objects up to the number of the week.
Review the Weekly Theme
Choose one story to read based on the theme.
Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
Sing the song based on the theme that you chose on Monday.
Review the vocabulary word and use it as you talk to your child about the theme.
Review the Shape/Color
Point out the shape and/or color on your learning poster and discuss with your child.
Review the Letter
Point out the letter on your learning poster and discuss with your child.

FRIDAY:

Introduce the Nursery Rhyme for the Week
***Continue to recite this rhyme daily till the next Friday***

Post the words to the rhyme on your learning poster.
Sing and/or recite the nursery rhyme for your child.
If possible, read a book based on this nursery rhyme.
Review the Weekly Theme
**Do the Fine Motor Skills Activity for the Weekly Theme on Friday
Choose one story to read based on the theme.
Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
Sing the song based on the theme that you chose on Monday.
Review the vocabulary word and use it as you talk to your child about the theme.
Review all Shapes, Colors, Letters, Numbers
Review all the shapes, colors, letters, and numbers previously learned.
Point out the current ones on the learning poster.
Use the matching index cards of all the previously learned numbers and play a matching game.
Create a small booklet that has a page for each week in the program. Each page of the booklet will have the shape/color, letter, and number for one lesson(week). Add to the booklet as you work through the program and look through this booklet every Friday.

14 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your ideas! I have been wanting to start something like this with my almost 4 year old and wasn't quite sure how to work it into the daily schedule. We are excited to get started.

Anonymous said...

How much time do you spend on a lesson each day? Do you have a set time?

Shelly said...

Hi Anonymous,

The "plan" is in place for about 30minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of fun play...taking breaks and/or extending the lessons as the child tolerates.

In our home though, I don't have a set time to begin or end. We start when they are interested and quit when they lose interest.

I do have plans laid out, which is obvious from this blog, but I am always hoping that the boys will change the plan during their learning process. It makes me so excited when they begin to take out different materials than those I've placed on the list. I know we are about to go "off-line", as I call it.

Off-line is anything off my plan. I know they are about to learn something they will retain because for whatever reason, they have found interest in that particular idea, on that particular day, at that particular time.

We homeschool through high school so my thought is that they will learn things when they are ready, they will take up challenges when they are ready and they will mature into their learning as God intends them to.

I don't push, prod or challenge them unless I see them wanting a challenge.

Hope that helps. :-)

Dana said...

Thanks, so much for taking the time to right all this down! It has been such a great help. I only wish I had found it before I spent money on a 'curriculum'! I didn't realize there were so many free options out there!

Adree said...

Thank you for taking the time to put all of this out on the internet. It is a blessing for a family that wants to have their child in preschool, but their lives do not jive with what is offered in town. I love that it is as detailed as it is and that is a great step by step. Even if you are a working family, you still can take the time to educate and get your child ready for kindergarden!

Rebekah said...

Thank you for setting up this wesite. Myself and two other moms are using this website for a parent co-op preschool. We're taking turns being the teacher for our three boys. We enjoy all the hand outs and tips. Thank You!

Cindy said...

Thank you so much! I love this site. I have been doing a much less formal homeschooling activities with my son. He turned 3 last month and has an amazing large reading vabulary. I will be beginning "your preschool" with him MONDAY YAY!

Becca said...

Today is the first day of school and we couldn't do it with out you! Thank you!

Aaron and Annette said...

Thank you so much for posting this!!! It fits our needs perfectly and was exactly what I was looking for!! I can hardly wait to get started with my son. Instead of using the poster for each week, I think I put each weekly theme in a scrapbook, that way my son can flip back through and review, b/c he loves books. Again thank you so much!

Tabitha said...

I really do enjoy your blog! Thank you!

Kay said...

I can't thank you enough for posting this! These are exactly what I have been looking for!!

kelly said...

thank you so much shelly for posting these plans :) can you believe god brought them to me right @ the perfect moment for me to begin? yes! i know you can believe it :) THANKS for sharing.

Taci said...

Shelley,
Thank you Thank you Thank you!
This is PRECISELY what I was looking for and you've covered every square inch. I am so happy and thankful to have found this site!!
Many Smiles,
Taci and my kid crew!

Madame Doizan said...

Thank you so much! For the first time I am expecting 6 preschoolers this fall without much notice. Now I can spend more time getting ready and less time worrying about what to teach when!