Today I am going to give you a list of A TON of monthly lesson plan ideas for preschool and kindergarten. There is not only an exhaustive table of monthly lesson plan ideas below, but also an adorable “old lady” craft that can be used for any month of the year.
Easy Lesson for ANY month of the year
First let’s start with the Old Lady Craft! You are likely aware that there SO many different “Old Lady” books…Click here to see them all! One of my favorite things to do to help teach sequencing, and reading comprehension is to read the “There was an Old Lady who swallowed….” books.
After reading the books, we make a paper bag craft and then sequence each of the things she swallows by adding them to her paper bag tummy.
Here is what you’ll need to make the there was an old lady who craft:
- There was an old lady who printable pack
- Paper bag (1 for each kid)
- Construction paper
- Plastic baggie
If you want all of the little cards that go into the activity, check out our printable pack!
In the printable pack you’ll find various things for the old lady to eat for every season. You will also find directions for the craft! There is the traditional set from the original poem, a set for St. Patrick’s Day, for fall, for Christmas, for back to school, for Halloween, for the summer, for winter, for Easter, and for Valentine’s Day. Your old lady can swallow something for every season!
Year Round Ideas
Monthly Lesson Plan ideas for Kindergarten
Aside from making the Old Lady craft, reading the books and having fun with the Old Lady, here are some more ideas to help you in your planning!
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.