It can be a little overwhelming to figure out how to create your preschool curriculum. What are the preschool age appropriate skills that you should teach? How do you make the most of the time with kids in preschool and optimize their learning experience? You have loads of plans but are unable to implement? In this blog post, we will explore some tips for designing your own preschool curriculum!
What is Preschool Curriculum?
Preschool curriculum is a preschool teacher's plan for the skills and content to be taught in preschool. Some preschools use curricula from pre-made, commercial programs while others prefer designing their own preschool curriculum.
What are preschool age-appropriate skills?
The key question when it comes to creating your preschool curriculum should be what kind of preschool skills are age-appropriate for preschoolers? Well, preschool teachers are responsible for teaching preschool skills like language arts and math.
Other preschool skills to consider could be social/emotional development, creativity, science exploration, or physical activity. The exact list of preschool skills you teach will depend on the goals your school has set and how they align with what preschoolers are developmentally ready to learn.
We bet you don’t need us to tell you how crucial it is to create an excellent preschool curriculum—that’s why you are here. Your role is to create a learning environment that starts kids down a road toward their successful education, to boost their skills and knowledge using evidence-based classroom techniques. And, of course, it helps teachers love their job more when those toddlers love coming to class!
For a few easy and fundamental steps in creating a preschool curriculum that’s appropriate for three and 4-year-old students, read on.
Tips to Get Started With Preschool Curriculum
1. Stay connected to learning goals:
Preschoolers are constantly learning, so preschool teachers should assess goals and refocus teaching to address what preschoolers need most.
2. Observe your preschooler:
Find out how they learn best by observing their behavior in the classroom. When you know which skills your preschooler needs help with, you can work on these areas during instruction time.
3. Create a preschool lesson plan:
Preschool lessons should be filled with hands-on activities and engaging dialogue.
4. Include preschoolers in creating the preschool curriculum:
Ask your students what they want to learn, then incorporate their ideas into your preschool lesson plans.
5. Play is an effective tool for teaching preschool skills:
Playtime can help young children develop important social and cognitive skills.
6. Provide preschoolers with the opportunity to learn from peers:
Preschool can be a time for kids to work together and help each other through challenges as they grow up into productive adults.
7. Encourage preschoolers' creativity
How? By providing them with opportunities for hands-on learning activities: this will allow preschoolers to explore their environment while also developing their skills.
8. Encourage preschoolers to explore and learn through play:
Preschool is a time where children can have the freedom to be themselves while also learning about the world around them.
9. Allow preschoolers opportunities for hands-on learning activities:
There are many ways that preschools allow kids to engage in creative, tactile experiences so they not only learn about the world around them but also develop skills and knowledge.
10. Include your personal philosophy, ideas, and beliefs:
Preschool is a time when preschoolers are starting to explore who they are and what their place in the world might be. This can help you think about your beliefs and why preschool matters to you as an educator.
11. Give lessons about the environment:
Preschoolers are beginning to learn about the world around them and preschools often include lessons on recycling, conserving resources like water or electricity, caring for animals, and more.
12. Look at your state's guidelines:
Each state has different preschool curriculum requirements which can help you figure out what preschool standards your preschool teaching job will be following so that you know what preschool curriculum to follow.
13. Look at the preschool's philosophy:
If you know what preschool philosophy your preschool is following, this can help you design a preschool teaching plan that aligns with both state standards and philosophical values for the school.
If you are a parent who is looking for ways to improve your children's education, we hope these tips have been helpful. There are many different options available- from choosing popular preschool curriculums to designing your own curriculum with input from friends and family members that share an interest in teaching, there is a right way for every child. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s something they will enjoy!