How to Write a Preschool Curriculum

One Methods:Sample Activities

There are a number of different preschool curricula available for purchase, but all must be tailored to an individual teacher's style and personality. While some preschool teachers are comfortable following the curriculum designed by another, this can significantly diminish the quality of education provided to the students. Designing your own curriculum allows for you to tailor learning to your teaching style as well as to the needs of the current class. While it does require an investment of time, the renewed enthusiasm for teaching that your students will see is well worth the effort.


  1. Image titled Write a Preschool Curriculum Step 1
    Review curriculum established by other early childhood professionals. There are books about different curricula, mail-order curricula, and curricula designed by fellow teachers.
  2. Image titled Write a Preschool Curriculum Step 2
    Choose between a theme-based and an academically- based curriculum. (Although some plans successfully combine the two, it is more straightforward to select 1 for your first venture.)
    • Theme-based curriculum rotates themes after a standard period of time, such as 1 week or 1 month. While academic skills are integrated on a daily basis, all learning revolves around 1 particular theme.
    • Academically-based curriculum focuses on concepts such as the alphabet and numbers on a predictable schedule. Often there will be more than one concept per week. For example, the first week would likely center on the letter A and the number 1.
  3. Image titled Write a Preschool Curriculum Step 3
    Consult a skills list to determine what is developmentally appropriate to expect from the typical preschooler. Lists may be found online or obtained from Early Childhood Education Specialists.
  4. Image titled Write a Preschool Curriculum Step 4
    Address each of the developmental areas in the daily and weekly curriculum.
    • Design experiments and observations of the natural world to encourage curiosity. List materials to add to the science center based on the current area of study, and plan outdoor discovery times to expand upon classroom learning, such as an insect hunt during a unit on insects.
    • Describe methods in which math can be implemented into the daily routine, such as counting during circle time, singing number songs, and looking for shapes throughout the day.
    • Allow for gross motor activities related to the current topic. Mimicking animal movement, playing games such as "Duck, Duck, Goose," and dancing are all activities that address this need while maintaining the attention of the children.
    • Make a list of age-appropriate, relevant books for each week. At least one book should be read daily, with time allowed for children to look at the new books quietly as well.
    • Incorporate songs into the curriculum, particularly songs that are easy to learn and repetitive. Children respond especially well to songs that have coordinating actions.
    • Focus on process-focused art rather than product-focused art. While it is certainly appropriate to provide some opportunities in which the result will resemble the desired object, this hinders creativity. Instead, design opportunities in which children will be able to freely create art using different materials. Making dinosaur scratches with forks and brown paint, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and making space rocks are all examples of this type of art.
    • Learning about the society children are growing up in is also important. Include studies of different career paths, safety rules, and other cultures. In addition, introduce the classroom as a community, allowing for children to determine rules (with guidance) and how they should be enforced.
    • Provide prop lists related to the current area of study to encourage dramatic play, and incorporate art into this area by encouraging children to make their own props.

Sample Activities

Sample Preschool Lesson Plan

Sample Classroom Activities for Young Children

Ways to Build Confidence in Children

Sources and Citations

Article Info

Categories: Creating Lesson Plans