|Visiting our favorite pumpkin patch in the fall.|
We do our preschool based on weekly themes. I've found that it's easier to plan when I've got a basic framework or topic on which to build. I have a list of weekly themes, and have them mapped out for the year on a calendar. I spend an hour or two the week before, or over the weekend, planning out activities for the week.
|Making clouds after reading Eric Carle's Litle Cloud.|
Our schedule varies widely each week based on appointments, holidays, the weather, scheduled play dates with friends, and the availability of my mother and mother-in-law who come to help some days. Becasue of this, I don't even attempt to schedule when we will do what for preschool. I just start the week with my ideas, supplies, and resources ready and see what I can fit in during appropriate times. I keep my planning page taped up above my desk, in a very visable spot so that I can easily see it to choose what we can do, based on the girls' moods, energy levels, and my energy levels.
|Playing with colored rice (ocean) during Ocean Week.|
Overall, we are heavy on the books and crafts, and heavy on the imaginative play. They'll have plenty of time later on to sit still at desks doing worksheets, so I try to keep those to a minimum (although Lena actually LOVES to do 'school pages'). At this point in their lives, the main thing they need is exposure to a variety of ideas, materials, and experiences. Most importantly, they need to hear lots of words and live in a media-rich environment.