How to Make Weekly Preschool Lesson Plans with Monthly Preschool Themes

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One of the lessons in my free eCourse, How To Plan Your Own Homeschool Preschool Curriculum, is all about choosing monthly preschool themes. I prefer to choose monthly themes to simplify the planning process. Those monthly preschool themes are then broken down into weekly preschool lesson plans using my weekly homeschool preschool planner. I thought it would be good to show you just how I break down my monthly themes into weekly preschool units.

How to plan weekly preschool units using monthly preschool themes.

How To Plan Weekly Preschool Units

The first thing I work on is choosing our memory work for the week. I am using My Father’s World Adventures for my older children, so our Bible verse comes from that curriculum. I also like to have my preschoolers memorize a nursery rhyme, so I will choose one from one of my nursery rhyme books. I occasionally add the nursery rhyme to our morning board, or I may just read straight from the book during our morning time.

Choosing nursery rhymes

The next thing I do is plan our activities. I have started creating preschool literature activity guides to help me have a quick resource for pulling those activities. My goal is to have at least one craft per week. Sometimes we will do two crafts. 

Choosing crafts and activities for preschool

Next, I choose fine motor activities. I keep a stash of busy bags in my preschool bin in our homeschool room. My preschool activity guide also includes worksheets to help preschoolers with pre-writing and writing practice. We work on pencil grip and correctly forming letters.

Letter practice for preschool lesson plans

Here is an extremely simple busy bag activity. I just used a large index card and wrote my preschooler’s name on it. Then I wrote one letter per clothespin. He clips the clothespins in the correct place. This is how he can begin to recognize his own name in print. We will eventually work on writing his name when his pencil grasp is up to par.

Choosing busy bag activities - letter name practice for preschool

Here’s a look at my monthly homeschool preschool plan. For October, we are focusing on an overall fall theme. We will do one week with pumpkins, one week with farms, one week with leaves, and one week with a harvest theme. I write down any field trips we are planning, our activities, and the letters I am planning to focus on. 

Monthly preschool calendar

Here is one of our pre-writing activities in action.

pre writing practice

Here is my weekly homeschool preschool plan for the first week in October. We are focusing on pumpkins because we have a field trip planned to the pumpkin patch. I introduce one letter per week using an alphabet interactive notebook. That is different than letter writing practice I do during fine motor time. 

I also try to plan some gross motor activities. These activities do not always need to be planned. Letting children play outside or at a local playground is great for gross motor skills. I started working on our read-alouds. I do recommend reading aloud to your child every day. It’s a good idea to choose some books that match your weekly theme.

A look at our October preschool plans.

Monthly Preschool Theme Ideas

Let’s break down some monthly preschool theme ideas into weekly preschool lesson plans!

January – Winter

  • Snow
  • Arctic Animals
  • Hibernation
  • The Mitten book

February – Kindness

  • St. Valentine
  • Helping Each Other
  • Random Acts of Kindness

March – Spring

  • Flowers
  • Birds
  • Bees
  • Garden

April – Farm

  • Cows
  • Chickens/The Little Red Hen
  • Vegetables
  • Horses

May – Ocean

  • Whales
  • Seashells
  • Sharks
  • Other Fish/The Rainbow Fish

August – Community Helpers

  • Police
  • Firemen
  • Post Office

September – Fall

  • Leaves
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins

October – Animals

  • Spiders
  • Woodland Animals

November – Thanksgiving

  • Gratitude
  • Mayflower

And that’s a quick look at how I turn those monthly themes into weekly preschool units. I keep the early years simple and fun!

How to plan weekly preschool units using monthly themes.

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  1. Do you have a printable for your weekly/monthly planner? I can’t find a link for it you do. I like yours and I can’t seem to find one similar.

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