Below is one of the newest questions being asked/answered on the ABCJesusLovesMe.com Facebook Group page. I love how so many of you have stepped in to help our sister and I wanted to share some thoughts as well for everyone to read.
I have a 3 year old who is ready to start learning more. Here is the problem...I can not write a lesson plan for a week. I have no clue. I would really appreciate all the help I can get.
My immediate reaction when I read this is to jump through the computer screen and give this sweet momma a hug! Love her honesty and willingness to learn.
The problem isn't with her. The problem lies in the fact that some of us are born teachers and we make lesson plans on every aspect of our lives - doing laundry included. We create a plan about planning. (An illness. I know!) This sweet momma is feeling the pressure.
The great thing about ABCJLM is that I have already created the lesson plans. So, unless you have a desire to do more planning, the majority of work is done for you. Depending on your personality and the amount of time you can spend on the preparation, I wanted to give you some ideas of how to get started.
For Those Who Want Basically No Prep Work:
Head to the Lesson Plan page for the chosen curriculum. (If you don't know where to find the lesson plans, watch the Introductory and FAQ videos on the homepage.) Click or turn in the Curriculum Book to the week in which you are working. Do a quick read through to familiarize yourself with each objective (point to be covered).
Secondly, print or gather from the Workbooks all of the needed worksheets so that you can grab one when time allows. Place with the curriculum.
Throughout the day, be intentional to add these objectives into daily activities. As you cover an objective, place a check mark in the lesson plan.
For example: This week covers the color red. Purposely choose a red shirt to wear and talk about its color. Find other items throughout your day that are red.
For Those Who Want to Plan a Little Bit:Print the "I am Learning" objective poster. Fill out the objectives and post to your refrigerator. This allows you to quickly scan what is important that week. And again, be intentional to place these objectives into daily activities.
For Those Who Miss the Classroom and Think in Lesson Plan Format:
If you desire a little more structure and love to plan, here is the page for you - Scheduling a Lesson Plan into a Week. Each curriculum contains its own example but I have chosen the 4 Year example to share with you. View an example in list and chart form as well as see a video example of how to write Lesson Plans.
The ABCJLM Forum contains the topic "Daily Lesson Plans" where you can view lesson plans from other ABCJLM users. We would love to see your example so please share yours as well!
Whatever way you chose to prep for the curriculum is fine. But don't spend hours planning just because you like to plan. Stick to the basics and be intentional. And...have fun!
Which method of planning do you use?