When I set about homeschooling little Lexi, I couldn't find anything comprehensive yet simple and affordable. So I created my own curriculum - a set of 45 lesson plans to complete between the ages of 2 & 3 (24-48 months). I broke up the 45 lesson plans into five units of 9 plans each.
Here is the Triangles Lesson Plan from Unit 2 Shapes.
Suggested Materials (Buy, Find, Substitute or Make)
For your convenience, all materials for this unit are linked in the descriptions below or listed in the store link above).
- Bulletin board / other cutouts (see below)
- Weekly theme book selections
- Weekly coloring pages (see curated pages at my Pinterest)
- Sensory Letter Tubs (optional, but super nice to have)
- Tissue Paper Kite Craft: Construction paper, tissue paper squares, clear contact paper.
- Ice Cream Cone Craft: Brown cardstock (preferred, or use construction paper), paper plate, tissue paper squares, cutout of a cherry
- Shapes Wheel: Printable (see below), 8 clothespins, markers
- Playdoh and shapes cookie cutters
- Montessori metal insets shapes or alternatively shapes stencils or plastic shapes insets.
- Lacing shapes kit
- Shapes bean bags
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
- Watermelon slice
- Pizza slice
- Ice cream cone
- Basic plain triangle shapes
- Etc (however many as you'd like for your bulletin board)
Our Circle Time Sequence
- Call out in a happy, excited voice "School Time!!" My little one LOVES when I say this because it is one of our special times together.
- Start with one song or fingerplay if necessary to quiet / focus the little one(s) or go straight to the circle time board (see ours here: front, back)
- 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). See how we do it using magnetic poms on our "circle time board" here.
- Songs - a few for fun
- Story time - using the week's theme selections (sometimes she listens, sometimes she's fiddling with toys, in which case we just do 2 books and move onto the next activity.
- After the circle time we usually go to our favorite activity - crafts at the crafts table but other times I'll pull one of the activities and bins for the week and we'll do free play with them together. After that we "head out" - we go somewhere almost every day - the playground, the park, the library, the mall play area, the zoo, the aquarium, playdate, etc.
- A triangle has three sides.
- This pizza is shaped like a triangle.
- This watermelon is shaped like a triangle.
- This ice cream cone looks like a triangle.
Language and Story Time
Song & Group Time
- Coloring Bin: Print out the following coloring pages for the week
- Craft Bin - Tissue paper kit window craft: Gather materials for this kite craft, where you can discuss the several triangles (from KinderCrazeBlog.com).
- Sensory Tub (use as Craft Bin #2 this week) - Ice cream cone craft: Gather materials for this ice cream cone craft from GluedtoMyCraftsBlog.com. Discuss the triangular nature of the cone while having fun putting it together. I love craft time with little Lexi!
- Math Bin: Make a shapes wheel, like this one from TeachingMama.
- Shapes bean bags - do a simple body part identification game (put the triangle on your head, on your knee, etc)
SocialSelect a minimum of 2-3 activities "out and about" each week. Generally Lexi and I get out almost every single day.
- Kiddie gym
- Other: __________