Welcome to the Teaching Together Blog Hop! Amanda, Courtney, Beth, Courtney and I are so glad you could join us! This month I thought I would share how I prepare a unit of curriculum.
Deciding on a theme:
Kinsey will usually come up with an idea and then I just run with it. But if she isn't into any one thing at the moment I will fall back on these parameters- seasonal/holiday, nature, book/television, or historical.
When putting together a unit I like to include learning from these areas: alphabet/numbers, colors, shapes, science, manipulatives, reading and crafting. Sometimes a subject is heavier in one aspect and that's o.k, I will balance it out with the next curriculum unit. I can always tell which peaks Kinsey's interest more and will keep that in mind for later.
This is where Google and Pinterest really come through for me. I just input the topic of interest (I'll use dinosaurs for this example), and search "preschool dinosaur curriculum" and "dinosaur activities". If I'm looking for a specific item like "preschool volcano" I'll look for it separately. Next I screen shot the pictures so I can easily access them from my phone as I'm prepping the activities.
I like to do units that are two weeks long, shorter if Kinsey is losing interest, longer if she loves it. The great thing about setting your own schedule is having the flexibility of changing what doesn't work for you.
And then I start all over again! We actually did a Dinosaur Curriculum last year, if you want to check that out. Kinsey was such a little thing, it hardly seems fair how much she has grown in a year.
Hope to see you back here the first Thursday of every month! Happy learning!