Mapping out your year is super important because you have to make sure you will be able to hit all of the skills your students are required to learn. Do you find yourself wondering what themes, skills, and activities you will teach during the year? How about when is the best time to teach what? I know it’s a lot to consider, so I have something for you that I think will help with your pre-k and kindergarten lesson plans!
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Themes and Skills for Pre-K and Kindergarten Lesson Plans
I know that some teachers are told exactly what to teach and when to teach it by their districts, but others are left to map everything out on their own. That can be stressful, because it can be hard to know when you should introduce new skills, which skills you should cover at what time, and how long to cover each skill to give adequate practice for your students.
On top of the skills that need to be taught, what about all of the themes that we need to cover (Labor Day, bats, spring, community helpers, emotions, etc) in Pre-K and Kindergarten? The list goes on and on. Some themes lend themselves to specific months, right? Obviously, a bat or spider theme lends itself well to being taught in October. Flowers and seeds are more of a spring month theme. But there are others that are more general that could really be covered at any time.
Over the years, I figured out how to get everything covered in a way that makes sense to me. I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I have compiled a Mega List of Themes and Skills for each month. From August to June, I have listed exactly what themes and skills I cover in my classroom with my students!
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It’s Linked to Activities!
Once you have everything planned out, it can still be tricky to find activities that are appropriately themed for the time of year AND the skill you need to cover. So I have searched through the vast Kindergarten Connection resource bank and linked the themes and skills listed for each month of the year to a resource, article, or activity that you can use in the classroom!
Obviously, you will need more than one activity to teach each skill. Don’t worry! We have A TON of additional activities you could use any time of year with your students.
Grab Your Free Clickable Copy of The Mega List of Themes and Skills Below
Are you ready to get your free copy of this Mega List of Themes and Skills resource? Just select the large, yellow button at the very bottom of this post to grab your clickable copy with each theme/skill linked to a resource, article, or activity that you can use in the classroom! Once you download, open up the printable and you’ll be able to click on each theme or skill for quick access to relevant activities!
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