Ideas for Toddler & Preschool Lesson Plans

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Ideas for Toddler & Preschool Lesson Plans
Children can create an alphabet book to help them learn new letters. (Young child learning to write her name image by levo from Fotolia.com)

Toddlers and preschool students learn at a rapid rate. Parents and teachers can create engaging lesson plans that are flexible and teach children basic skills. Maja Pitamic, author of "Teach Me to Do it Myself," says that parents act as children's first guides, and specialised skills aren't required to teach young learners.

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Alphabet Book

Preschool students learning the alphabet will enjoy creating an alphabet book. According to First School, a preschool activities and crafts site, these alphabet books are appropriate for older toddlers, preschoolers and younger elementary students. Gather a three-ring binder and a couple dozen plastic sheet protectors, though you can easily start with just a few and purchase more as the unit progresses. Start with the letter A. Print out worksheets that show the letter A and how it's written. Allow students to trace the A and colour it. Place the A in the three-ring binder inside the first sheet protector. Then, for the rest of the week, introduce worksheets with pictures of items that start with A and allow students to colour the pictures. While they're colouring, explain how the A sounds and the different types of sounds it makes. On week two, start discussing the letter B, and continue in this way until each student has a binder with all of the letters and pictures representing each letter.

Matching Letters

Toddlers and preschool students are learning their letters and how things are alike and different. Pitamic suggests creating a number matching game. Print or draw number cards, two of each number, one through ten. Put each set in one basket. Ask the child to draw a card from one basket and place it on the table. Ask the child to draw the same number from the other basket to make a match. Older preschool students can even name the numbers as they're matching them and start learning basic addition facts. For instance, a child could draw a three and a one and say that the result is four.

Felt Board

Toddlers and preschool students are learning how to work with other kids. Sometimes these children have a hard time sharing or acting appropriately with each other. Teach students appropriate behaviour and allow them to play out imaginary scenarios with a felt board. To make a felt board, cover a notice board with felt. Any printed character can be turned into a felt board character simply by laminating the character and gluing a piece of felt or sandpaper to its back. Consider creating felt characters out of printed pictures of the students so that they move themselves around on the felt board during imaginative play.

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