Preschool Theme Ideas - My Family Preschool Lesson Plans

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My family and my home are great preschool theme ideas to begin the year with. This lesson plan unit is a natural continuation to 'All About Me Theme'. Following the philosophy of teaching the children based on their interests and drawing on ideas from their natural environment, you will be able to easily integrate these themes to all areas of your classroom.

Big ideas, concepts and values:

1. We all belong to a family.

2. There are different types of families.

3. Families are there for each other.

4. Families do things together.

5. Family relations.

Essential Questions:

1.Who is in my family?

2. What types of families exist?

3. How do I feel about my family?

3a.What do I do to show my family how I feel?

4. What are some of the things families do together?

5. What is my role in the family?

In Class Activities:

Book Recommendations:


Math Center:

How Many People Are in Your Family? Using people shaped manipulative count how many people are in the child's family. What happens if someone leaves? How many people are left?

Families Come in Different Sizes - Some families are 2 people, some are more. Have the children color in the number of squares that is equal to the number of family members in their family. Follow up by counting with the child using the following format:

  • One - A father
  • Two - A mother
  • Three - A sister
  • Four - A brother
  • Five - And me!
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    Pre-Reading:

    Create a word wall with family words such as: Mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather and so on.

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    Write the child's family name on a paper strip and help them recognize the letters in their family name.

    Home Connection:

    Ask each family to send in a photo of their immediate family. You can either create a poster or have the pictures displayed all around the classroom.

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    Music and Movement:

    Family Hug - Bob McGrath From the CD Sing Me a Story

    This is a wonderful CD and I highly recommend it!

    Creative Center:

    Turn the creative center into a home with some of this great furniture:

    Have family puppets available for the puppet theatre:

    Fine Motor Center:

    Working on developing the children's pencil grip, have them draw a family portrait. Take the time to interview each child about their drawing.

    Art Center:
    Add paper bags, brick paper and roof paper for the children to create their home as well as people shape stickers.
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    Construction Center:

    Put out Lego to build homes and cities with. Large size blocks and a road carpet. Add little people manipulative.

    "A Teacher Affects Eternity"

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