Welcome to Pre-K YOUR Way:Planning Preschool!
This guide includes tips on clean up time, creating classroom schedules and routines, planning indoor and outdoor activities, small group, large group and so much more!
The following are guidelines created by the Author, Jeana Kinne, on how to implement these activities into a classroom setting. These are just suggestions. Feel free to adapt these plans to meet your own classroom schedule and follow the interests of your children.
Welcome to this course! I am so excited that you have decided to join the Pre-K YOUR Way family!
Included in this course is the first units of each Pre-K Your Way level. As you wait for the printed books to arrive, feel free to download and use these digital versions as you plan out your class!
Included in the guide are:
The first level of Pre-K YOUR Way is perfect for kids ages 2-3 years old!
Included in this section is Unit 1 of this level and Planning suggestions for level 1 in your classroom/home.
The first level of Pre-K YOUR Way is perfect for kids ages 3-4 years old!
Included in this section is Unit 2 of this level and Planning suggestions for level 2 in your classroom/home.
The first level of Pre-K YOUR Way is perfect for kids ages 4-5 years old!
Included in this section is Unit 3 of this level and Planning suggestions for level 3 in your classroom/home.
Create a calming space that provides hands-on and simple ways to support their emotional development.
We created the Soothing Sammy Kit for parents and preschool teachers. The children's book, along with Sammy the plush dog and parent/teacher guide, creates a complementary set of tools that every home (or classroom) with young children will appreciate.
Communicating with parents is so important! Giving parents a glimpse at their child's school day, their friends and their favorite activities allows parents to feel and share in their child's experiences.
Some simple ways to include parents is to a:
Attached is a page that you can fill out for parent conferences once or twice per year!
Creating a way to keep track of each child’s progress in the classroom can be daunting. Documentation is a simple way to incorporate observational assessments in the classroom.
1) Create a space that is safe, free-flowing and organized.
Sounds easy right? Your positioning of classroom materials, furniture and choice of decor will directly impact the behavior of your group.
Too many materials mean chaos! Consider only placing four or five toys in each area of your classroom. Rotate them out every week so there are new items (this will spark excitement and focus). Here are some simple ways to do this!
Discover how to identify and follow the child's leave in daily “Teachable Moments”.
Create your own projects using Unit Themes: Projects are fabulous ways to encourage children to dig deeper into a topic. Projects can last over multiple days, even multiple weeks. In the large motor/block area, a project can be worked on as a group.
How to use a Group or Circle Time to Explore Unit Topics.
Job chart - How to get kids involved in the classroom!
Let's create a daily schedule that works great for the kids and has enough planning time for you!
Making sure that classroom rules are simple, clear and easy for children to understand - is essential to the foundation of classroom behavior management!
Also, make sure the kids basic needs are met!