Easy (and free) Preschool Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Planning...

do you love it?  or do you loathe it?

Either way, for teachers {including preschool teachers}, planning is a way of life.  

You know what they say (or more specifically what Ben Franklin said)

 "Failing to plan is planning to fail"

I happen to truly believe in this statement, as I have tried (and failed) the whole 'fly by the seat of your pants' thing.  #majorconfession  I thought...'I got this, I will just wing it and it will be fine.'

I mean it was 'fine', I kept the children alive.

But... I didn't accomplish much and I felt all over the place.  Not only that, but I didn't have the materials I needed once I did think of what we were going to do that day.

So, to me - planning is a must. 

Have a path, you might get off the path, since working with preschoolers is never straight forward, but at the very least - have a path.

Now, all this talk about planning leads me to share with you the lesson planning template I use!

It is simple, easy and straightforward.  It is also created for a play-based learning setting, where limited time is spent in teacher directed activities.

To some, it might seem bare.  Not enough. 

But, I encourage you to really dig deep into what children need most in their day.  In my mind- it's opportunities to learn with peers in a way that is natural to them.  Yep, that natural way is play It is how they were made to learn.

Please feel free to take this template and tweek it - it is editable (but you must use Adobe Reader, fyi).  All areas can be changed that are in blue.

Tell me about your lesson planning process in the comments below!