Whether you’re preparing to teach your first preschool year or your 30th, a little planning goes a long way. Here are 12 tips and resources that will help you get started right:
- I’m a big proponent of developmentally based preschools. You can use this Printable Developmental Checklist to assess and track developmental goals and objectives.
- Starting with the end in mind will help inform your decisions as you begin to plan. Check out this post about Backwards Planning for the Year to help you as you outline your yearly curriculum.
- Once you start planning each unit, you might want to use this Printable Thematic Brainstorming Worksheet to keep track of your ideas. Print one for each unit and keep them together in a binder so you can collect ideas and activities as you find them.
- If I could recommend one literacy resource book for preschool teachers it would be Literacy Beginnings : A Prekindergarten Handbook. It’s a fantastic, developmentally appropriate guide from two of the leading minds on literacy education, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas.
- As you set up your classroom, you’ll want to take a mindful approach to creating your Learning Centers. This post will help you to be aware of what you should find in each area, and what kind of learning should be taking place as the children become engaged with each one.
- Many parents want to know how you plan on Teaching the ABCs This post explains my approach.
- Of course, literacy isn’t just about the ABCs either. Check out my series on a well-rounded approach to Emergent Literacy.
- One of my favorite numeracy activities to do with young children is the Number Bag (Video included). It’s hands-on, incorporates loads of variety and keeps the kids interested and engaged as they learn about numbers and math concepts. Maybe it can find a place at your circle time this year!
- When it comes to getting kids to learn to write their names, I’ve used this Sign In activity in the past. Also, check out this round up for other takes on signing in.
- Take some time to consider your Arrival and Departure Routines. Arrival sets the mood for the day, and departure will influence the way you, your children, and their families reflect on it.
- Get parents on-board and involved by starting the year with a Parent Meeting. Parent participation plays a huge role, not only in your classroom, but also in the lifelong education of each of your students.
- Of course, the most important people in your classroom are the children! So take some time to welcome them individually. Here’s a post to give you some ideas for Individual Child Orientation.
Taking time to plan and prepare will pay huge dividends when you jump back into that school routine!
What are your tips and traditions for getting ready to go back to school?