Free Homeschool Preschool Curriculum (Circles Theme)

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In this lesson plan (one of 45 weekly lesson plans I created for my daughter Lexi), you'll find a complete, organized, easy to read and easy to implement homeschool preschool age 2 & 3 (24-48 months) toddler curriculum to teach with the theme Circles (Unit 2 Shapes).




Suggested Materials (Buy, Find, Substitute or Make)

  • Bulletin board / other cutouts (see below)
  • Weekly theme book selections
  • Weekly coloring pages
  • Sensory Letter Tubs (optional, nice to have)
  • Ladybug counting cards
  • Pancake making materials
  • Vocabulary flashcards
  • Montessori learning tower (optional, nice to have)
  • Cheerios
  • Letter-based sensorial items such as magnetic letters, sandpaper letters
  • Sand Tub for finger-tracing letters
  • Buttons
  • Glue
  • Cardstock or otherwise thick paper for button craft
  • Muffin Tin

 

Suggested Cutouts

(Make these cutouts for your weekly themed “bulletin board” and other setups for the week. You’ll use these visual aids throughout the week. Find these on the web, print & laminate them and store them when not in use. See activity list for more explanations.)
  • “Today’s” date and “weather” labels
  • Pizza
  • Wheels / tires
  • Pancake
  • Moon or Sun
  • Sunflower
  • Grapes (if indivudal grapes in picture very circular)
  • Circles of various sizes (see below)
  • Etc (however many as you'd like for your bulletin board)

Our Circle Time Sequence

  • One song or fingerplay to quiet / focus the little one(s)
  • What is today? (date, weather labels) (For age two this is rather quick as they don't really understand this yet but still nice for routine's sake)
  • Today's message
  • Review one letter (usually using the letter tubs, a sandpaper letter, flashcard or similar)
  • Review one number (count to it)
  • Songs - a few for funStory time - using the week's theme selections

Daily Messages

  • The sun (or moon) is round like a circle.
  • A pancake (or pizza) is round like a circle.
  • A circle is round.
  • Let's walk in a circle today.


Language and Story Time


Book Basket: (search library or use these)

  • Ten Little Ladybugs (also used in the Red theme week)
  • Blueberry Mouse (also used in the Blue theme week)
  • The Sunflower Paraple (also used in the Yellow theme week)
  • The Cheerious Counting Book (also used in the Yellow theme week)
  • What Shape is a Grape? (also used in the Purple theme week)
  • The Giggling Grapes (also used in the Purple theme week)
  • What Am I? Looking at Shapes Through Apples and Grapes)


Song & Group Time

  • The Wheels on the Bus

Language Bin


Sensorial

  • Sensorial Bin 1: Make a button sorting activity with buttons from your sewing kit and a muffin tin. Discuss the shapes and colors of the buttons. Sort by size and shape together. (Supervision required!) See example here.
  • Sensorial Bin 2: Cut out circles of varying sizes. Do a size sorting game.
  • Theme Shelf: Find everything round from around the house. Bring back out the ring stacker.

Art

Coloring Bin:
  • Coloring Bin: Print coloring pages with circles. Several examples can be found here.
  • Craft Bin: After you've done your sorting activity a few times with the buttons, make a button collage with glue. See example here.
  • Sensory Tub: Cookie cutter tools and playdoh.

Practical Life

  • Practical Life Bin: Introduce the Montessori Button Dressing Frame.
  • Cooking: Make pancakes together (highly recommend the Montessori Learning tower for this - it's an investment but great quality and very helpful if you want to help develop an interest in cooking at a young age, which is something I'm working on and hope that Lexi likes it!)
    • Or go to a field trip to a pancake house!

Math


Gross Motor

  • Walk the line - Montessori walking in a circle.


Social

Select 2-3 activities "out and about" each week.
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Zoo
  • Kiddie gym
  • Park
  • Playdate
  • Other: __________
  • Other: __________


Check out Lexi's other Age 2 unit studies!

UNIT 1 - Colors


UNIT 2 - Shapes

  • Circles
  • Squares
  • Triangles - coming soon!
  • Rectangles - coming soon!
  • Ovals - coming soon!
  • Diamonds - coming soon!
  • Stars - coming soon!
  • Crescents - coming soon!
  • Hearts - coming soon!

UNIT 3 - Animals

  • Dogs - coming soon!
  • Cats - coming soon!
  • Birds - coming soon!
  • Fish - coming soon!
  • Bunnies - coming soon!
  • Cows - coming soon!
  • Chickens - coming soon!
  • Horses - coming soon!
  • Pigs - coming soon!

UNIT 4 - All About Me

  • Eyes - coming soon!
  • Nose - coming soon!
  • Ears - coming soon!
  • Mouth - coming soon!
  • Legs & Feet - coming soon!
  • Fingers & Hands - coming soon!
  • Meal Time - coming soon!
  • My Family - coming soon!
  • Bath Time (and Hand Washing) - coming soon!

UNIT 5 - Seasonal (intersperse throughout your calendar year)

  • Penguins (January) - coming soon!
  • Friends (February) - coming soon!
  • Flowers (March) - coming soon!
  • Easter Eggs (April) - coming soon!
  • Beach (June, July or August) - coming soon!
  • Harvest (September) - coming soon!
  • Pumpkins (October) - coming soon!
  • Turkeys (November) - coming soon!
  • Santa / Christmas Theme (December) - coming soon!

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