If I haven’t mentioned this before, I am a big believer in preschool themes, as well as themes for other early childhood classrooms. Below are the various themes on Fun-A-Day so far!
so much learning with preschool themes!
Please note that I’ll be adding more activities to the themes, as well as adding additional preschool themes as I use them at home or in the classroom. Below the theme list, I’ve included links to my thematic Pinterest boards, as well as a more detailed explanation of what theme units entail!
Theme units are sometimes referred to as “themes” or “thematic units”. They are centered around a specific topic — like “insects” or “transportation” or “snow”. Once the topic has been decided, much of the learning activities are planned around it. When planning for a gingerbread man unit, I included literacy, math, science/sensory, building, pretend play, and art activities to include the main theme. Every little activity doesn’t always pertains to the theme, but most do.
I like having themes when I’m planning for my students, as it makes learning more meaningful to them. If I’m teaching a variety of skills/conceptss based around the same category, it helps their brains make connections faster. Also, theme units allow me to include my students’ interests as I plan. One year, I may have a group that just loves dinosaurs, so I’ll plan around that topic for a few weeks. Another year, I may have children more interested in space exploration, so I’ll include that one month.
With Engineer, I tend to use very casual themes for our activities. These themes almost always revolve around what he’s interested in. This way, he’s getting meaningful learning experiences that help expand on his interests. He and I do tons of free play, of course, but sometimes we just want to learn more about certain things!
In addition to Fun-A-Day’s preschool themes, I have a treasure trove of thematic unit ideas saved on Pinterest! Pop on over and see what catches your fancy . . .