Preschool Carriculum Planning

by Helene J. Uchida

Very often beginning teachers wonder how they will be able to develop a curriculum for their preschool classes, and, as a result, put off writing one. A curriculum is nothing to fear; it should provide for the continuous progress of the preschool students toward understanding, responding to, speaking, singing and interacting in the target language. It is the base upon which lessons will grow. But best of all, it is a tool to help the teacher become a better teacher. The following is a sample outline of concepts to help you get started.

  1. Classification(Youngsters are naturally interested in identifying and classifying the universe around them.)
    1. The alphabet (capital & small)
      1. Reading in order
      2. Identifying at random
    2. Numbers
      1. Reading in order
      2. Identifying
      3. Counting
    3. Colors
      1. Identifying
      2. Describing
    4. Animals
      1. Zoo animals
      2. Farm & domestic
    5. Fruits
    6. Vegetables
    7. Body Parts
    8. Action Verbs
  2. Communicating
    1. Self-introduction
    2. Greetings
      1. Hello.
      2. Goodbye.
      3. How are you?
      4. I’m fine, thank you.
    3. Basic statements
      1. I like ice cream.
      2. I don’t like snakes.
      3. I can jump.
      4. I can’t swim.
  3. Activities
    1. Taking attendance
    2. Songs
    3. Games
    4. Flash cards
    5. Marches
    6. Poster reading
    7. Color hunts
    8. Dances
    9. Grab bag

When you write your yearly/monthly outline, keep notes on what worked and what didn’t work. Then, at the end of the year, you can revise your notes. The next year you can use your revised curriculum as a base for new classes, and it an be expanded upon for continuing classes. It gets easier each year. You both (your classes and you) get better with experience!