Easy Way to Prepare Preschool Programs

Prepare your preschool, kindergarten, or toddler program in minutes with this simple method. Our ABC Method can help you sort and compile activities that will be available for scheduling when you need them.
Easiest way to prepare a preschool program

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As early learning teachers and parents your day is occupied with teaching, supervising, nurturing, and playing! This commitment is only possible with careful planning and organization..

Planning can be an exciting part of your weekly or monthly routine, but it can also be time consuming. Choosing and organizing activities for your early learning program require a generous potion of your time. Any steps you can take to make your job easier are a bonus.

It is my hope that the ABC Method will make compiling and planning daily activities easy and stress-free.

A.B.C method for planning preschool programs

There are so many wonderful options available for kids activities. From stacking blocks and planting seeds, to sorting shapes and painting with spools, parents and teachers can provide amazing opportunities for learning through play.

No two early learning programs will be the same, even with similar activities. How programs are developed, scheduled and delivered will vary according to teaching styles, early learning environments, time restraints, and ages, interests, and skill levels of the children.

It's the response and engagement of the children in your care that turn any activity into a positive, hands-on learning experience.  Teachers and parents agree that activities promoting learning through play are best for early learners.

Key components of an early learning program are reflected in the the letters A.B.C. used to name our planning method.

A = Activity            B = Book            C = Craft 

These general categories support early childhood development with everyday activities. Each experience provides early learners with new or familiar experiences, in independent play and in small or large group settings.

Activities can be sorted with this simple chart. 

Preschool planner

If you want to use this chart multiple times. place it under a transparent plastic cover that can be printed on with a wipe-off marker. I also have an editable version available further along in the post.

Classroom teachers often have a weekly planner posted where activities are inserted according to a pre-determined schedule of events. 

Here are the ABC categories explained in more detail.

Activity

Activities can be gross motor, such as indoor bowling, or fine motor, such as sorting shape cutouts on the felt board.

They can be teacher-led, such as a the teacher or parent reading a book during circle time, or child-led, planting seeds during hands-on play.

Activities may be introduced one on one or in a small or large group setting.

Book

Include at least one or two titles daily. Even with a scheduled book reading at circle time, other opportunities may occur throughout the day when reading is welcome and appropriate.

While story time generally takes the form of a traditional book, a creative story telling method such as a puppet show or role-play can be a fun alternative.

  • For example, story time can be extended by role-playing The Three Bears after reading the book together. 

 

Craft

Arts and crafts sessions provide opportunities for kids to imagine and create with a wide variety of art supplies and mediums.

Include basic materials like paper and paint, glitter and glue, crayons and markers, as well as ribbon, yarn or stickers for more sensory and fine motor art opportunities.

Provide other mediums such as play dough, kinetic sand, and slime for additional creative play options. Check out our Pinterest board for recipes and activities.

Play dough, Slime and More on Pinterest

 

Balance craft tutorials with process art experiences to engage kids in a variety of creative learning experiences.

How to use the A.B.C. Method to plan a program

Early learning teachers and homeschooling parents can use the ABC method to organize the activities they've chosen for the week. 

The ABC method makes program planning easy with just two steps!

Step 1. Compile content.
  • Create original content.
  • Visit libraries.
  • Purchase written material.
  • Search online.


Create a storage system that is easy to use. Retain information in a digital spreadsheet or Google doc, or as a hard copy in a 3-ring binder. Keep a small notebook with you to jot down ideas anytime of day, or store on your mobile device. Add these ideas later to your resource file.

Sort content by theme or topic. Themes or topics provide platforms for organizing and sorting content. You can start with broad categories such as 'seasons' and 'animals', then become more specific with sub-categories such as 'leaves' and 'dinosaurs'. You can sort by learning skill such as fine motor or gross motor, math or literacy, sensory or pretend play.

This sample spread sheet shows how you can create thematic units and store content.

 

Plan preschool activities with a simple method of compiling and organizing activities

 

You can add columns to separate entries in the Activity section into gross motor and small group activities, or label each entry with skill category such as fine motor, sensory or math. This will show you at a glance the various learning skills that are being supported through everyday play. 

You can make a separate category for special events like field trips, or visitors to your center. The categories you create will depend on your preferences and range of activities offered.

You can also add links or cite sources, include lyrics to songs and instructions for games.

You might like to add a column for your comments as follow up to any activity, to alter or improve it in the future.

Continue adding relevant content to your selected categories as you find or create activities.

 

In case you are interested, here are links to some of the activities we've used in the spread sheet.

Dinosaur Shadow Characters

Exploring Seeds in Foods

Apple Lacing Activity

 

Step 2. Plan a week of activities in minutes!
  • Choose a theme or topic, or choose a "general" category.
  • Select activities from this category in your storage file.
  • Add activities to a daily or weekly planner.

Following is an example of how apple activities listed in the spread sheet are inserted into the printable planner using the ABC Method. 

This free chart is editable for your convenience.

Editable planner for preschool programs

This is just a sample of what you can do with the ABC Method of program planning. It's designed to be an easy way to jump start the planning process. 

Let the ABC Method help you build content and organize activities so you can look forward to spending more time with the kids - stacking blocks, planting seeds, and painting pictures.

Make every day an amazing hands-on learning adventure for you and the kids!

 

Here are some of the activities from the planner explained in detail.

Song (tune: I Love You, You Love Me)

          Way up high, in a tree,
          Five red apples smiled at me.
          So I shook that tree as hard as I could,
          Down came the apples – mmm, mmm good!

Freeze game

  1. Place numbered cardboard apple shapes on the floor.
  2. Play music while kids walk in the spaces between the apples.
  3. When the music stops, each participant jumps on an apple and calls out the number. 
  4. Alternately, ask "Who's on number 3?" 

Take-away game

  1. Place several apples of different colors on the table. Cover with a cloth.
  2. Reach under the cloth to remove one apple without participants seeing which one is removed.
  3. Uncover the remaining apples. Guess which one is missing.

 

 How to easily prepare a preschool program

 

 

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