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27 Playful Preschool Themes & Weekly Printable Planning Sheet


To do homeschool preschool with your little one or not to do preschool at home  with your little one?  That is the pressing question nowadays, isn't it?!  Besides that, just what does homeschool preschool "look like?"

Let me first say that I use the term "school" pretty loosely here.  I don't think it will be too different from Tot School-- it's simply more of a name change.

I will continue to follow my preschooler's lead and my intention during this next year of learning for my 3 year old is more, "Purposeful Play"-- which I feel is what we have been doing all along, or at least trying to do.

Preschool Theme Ideas

We will read books, sing songs, and play outside.

We will discover numbers and letters with lots of hands-on, playful activities.

We will craft and explore and move.

We will Purposely Play in our Preschool!

With that said, I've broken down our Preschool year into weekly themes with a focus on math and literacy skills, sensory play, crafts, and extra fun.  Our weekly themes are subject to change, however, here are the themes I will be organizing and gathering materials for over the next few months.  Some months I plan on incorporating a Before Five in a Row title as our weekly theme using the manual and activities I come up with as a guide.

I wrote out our themes with a 3 week on, 1 week "off" rotation.  The last week gives me time to prep for the next three weeks and do any activities I wanted to do, but for whatever reason didnt get around to doing....

(click on the themes below to see a highlighted activity and snippets of the rest of our week!)

Preschool Learning Themes

5 Senses
Nursery Rhymes
Carnival/ Circus

Pet Theme

Family/ All About Me
The Big Green Pocketbook (B4FIAR Book Selection)

Angus Lost (B4FIAR)

Penguin Theme
Snowy Day (B4FIAR)
Corduroy/ Teddy Bear Themed Week (B4FIAR)

Luau/ Hawaiian
Love/ Kindness
Outer Space

Dr. Seuss
Rainbow/ Colors

Bunnies/ Easter
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear {B4FIAR}

Gardening {Flowers & Vegetables}
The Hungry Caterpillar/ Butterflies

To help me not go overboard in all my planning, I've made myself a planning sheet.  I am *hoping* this helps me to keep things simple!  During Tot School I found myself continually adding more activities to Little Sis's shelves and it just got to be a bit overwhelming.  So I set up this preschool planning sheet to focus on one "subject" a day; that day may have 1-3 activities planned.

Preschool Planning Sheet
printable preschool planning sheet

Here's a general topical explanation of what each "subject" may work on:
  • Math Skills: Counting, Number Recognition, 1:1 Correspondence
  • Literacy: Letter and Letter Sound Recogntion, Name Recognition
  • Sensory Play: Something to touch and explore with one or all of the five senses
  • Craft
  • Extra Fun: Science Activity, Fine Motor Activity, Field Trip, etc!

 Stay tuned-- hope you follow along our preschool journey with us!

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Preschool Lesson Plans for Year