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A Year Full of Fun: Preschool Themes for the Whole School Year

written by: teacher8605 • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 6/6/2012

Fitting a year's worth of curriculum in can be challenging enough, but how do you also make learning fun? This article gives you preschool themes for the whole school year broken down into monthly and weekly themes that can be used to incorporate fun across the curriculum!

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    Fitting It All In

    As a preschool teacher (or any teacher for that matter), there is so much to cover in a school year! You also have to find time to assess your students, include parties and other fun activities, and provide each student with individual attention. So the question is, how do you find time to cover everything and still make school fun? The answer is simple... CROSS-CURRICULAR THEMES! By using a weekly or monthly theme, you can capture the students' interests while covering the necessary curriculum. Below is a basic outline of preschool themes for the whole school year broken into months and weeks.

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    AUGUST - BACK TO SCHOOL

    Week One: Rules at School

    Week Two: My Classroom Family

    Week Three: All About Me

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    SEPTEMBER - SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS

    Week One: Careers (To correlate with Labor Day)

    Week Two: Heroes (To correlate with September 11th)

    Week Three: My Family (To correlate with Grandparent's Day)

    Week Four: Apples (To correlate with Johnny Appleseed's Birthday)

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    OCTOBER - FALL

    Week One: Fall Leaves

    Week Two: Columbus Day

    Week Three: Pumpkins

    Week Four: Bats

    Week Five: Halloween

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    NOVEMBER - WHAT'S INSIDE OF ME

    Week One: Body Parts

    Week Two: Feelings and Emotions

    Week Three: Thanksgiving

    Week Four: What I'm Thankful For (This week is usually a half week.)

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    DECEMBER - ALL THINGS COLD

    Week One: Polar Animals

    Week Two: Winter Weather (Including snow and winter clothing)

    Week Three: Holidays Around the World

    Week Four: Holidays Around the World, continued

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    JANUARY - ANIMALS ALL AROUND

    Week One: Insects

    Week Two: Pets

    Week Three: Farm Animals

    Week Four: Ocean Animals

    Week Five: Zoo Animals

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    FEBRUARY - TAKING CARE OF MYSELF

    Week One: Dental Health

    Week Two: Valentine's Day / Feeling Loved

    Week Three: Nutrition / Food Pyramid

    Week Four: Fire Safety

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    MARCH - READING IS FUN!!!

    Week One: Dr. Seuss

    Week Two: Eric Carle

    Week Three: Kevin Henkes

    Week Four: Jan Brett

    Week Five: Caldecott Winners

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    APRIL - SPRING

    Week One: Easter

    Week Two: Spring Weather / Flowers

    Week Three: Earth Day

    Week Four: Butterflies and Caterpillars

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    MAY - TRANSPORTATION

    Week One: Cars and Trucks

    Week Two: Planes and Helicopters

    Week Three: Trains and Subways

    Week Four: Boats

    Week Five: Welcome Summer

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    NEED MORE

    Some school years run longer or shorter than others! Are you out of ideas and need more themes to get you through the year? Here are a few additional preschool themes you could use!

    • Dinosaurs
    • The Five Senses
    • Fairy Tales
    • Summer Activities

    By using these themes for a whole school year, you can plan ahead to make sure that you have both covered the necessary curriculum and made learning fun for your students!


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