Preschool themes are fun, interesting topics that draw young children into learning. They are the basis of the activities you create for art, science, math, dramatic play, reading, writing, circle time and more!
Preschool teachers and parents of preschoolers can use traditional and not so traditional topics to develop their curriculum.
Let’s talk themes!
A Transportation theme, for example, is traditional in preschool. Preschoolers love learning about and playing with cars, trucks, airplanes and more. This topic is part of their everyday lives. They drive or walk to school, have seen or ridden on a bus or taken an airplane to go on vacation. This natural interest in something they experience in their lives brings life to the theme.
What about a theme called Sticky? This is not quite a tradition theme! However, it became very compelling for the students of one classroom!
A preschool teacher and her coworker observed that their students seemed extremely curious about how things stuck together from magnets, to bristle blocks to paper.
The teachers brainstormed together about how to take this new found interest of their preschoolers and develop it into a unit filled with activities the children learn and grow from.
Both of these theme examples lend themselves to learning. Activities are provided that promote and support the preschooler’s growth and development through a theme that they are naturally interested in.
The goal of choosing a theme is not, necessarily, to turn preschoolers into expert on that theme. For example, although some children may learn much about the names of dinosaurs, your goal in choosing dinosaurs as a theme is not to turn your children into paleontologists! The goal is to excite and invite them into the activities through this fun theme.
Your students or children can learn how to sort colors, shades of colors, sizes, and more by providing them with different colors and sizes of dinosaurs. They will develop their fine motor skills (small muscles in their hands) by manipulating playdough while they make a volcano. They will develop their gross motor skills (large body muscles) by playing a game that requires them to jump from one dinosaur footprint to another. They will learn the math concepts of more and less by reviewing a chart you keep that shows each child’s favorite dinosaur (i.e. More of us like T-Rex).
Listen to your children to see where their interests are and use those ideas to develop themed activities. Share ideas with other preschool teachers and parents as well!
Finding the perfect preschool for your child. And then how much it costs.
Oh, and then you have to find somewhere for them to go once school starts…
Whiz Kidz Preschool is the perfect place for young learners. Teach, Teach, Learn. Our all-inclusive New York style curriculum covers English, math, science, social studies, art, computer skills and physical fitness. We are able to give your child a better education because we have 100% of our focus on them. We don’t teach music or sports during the school day so this frees up more time to teach your child everything they need to know.
Whiz Kidz Preschool
1442 E Chandler Blvd suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85048