Making engaging preschool math lesson plans is essential for the whole learning process to work. Preschool children simply weren’t designed to sit and do nothing but bland studying and lessons all day. These are their formative years, and their minds are geared toward learning about the world around them through playing games, using their imaginations, and doing fun activities. There’s no reason why learning preschool math can’t be fun!
In fact, when you think about it, the entire preschool day is geared toward easy fun and plenty of downtime. This is not to say that preschool is not a serious learning environment, because it is. It is to say that preschool students need a variety of activities and frequent recharge periods during the day to keep their minds focused. You’ll need to include plans for lessons other than math during each day, and some days may not include math at all. You’ll need to include free play time, as well as nap and snack time to keep students at their most focused and best behaved. Throwing in movie or story time in there doesn’t hurt, either.
So, when you make your lesson plans for your preschool students, you are going to want to keep these preschool attributes in mind. Therefore, your plans for math should be as fun, exciting, and relevant to their lives as possible. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself with a bunch of cranky, bored, and misbehaving preschoolers on your hands.
Just remember, you won’t be teaching any advanced math concepts in preschool, so you can keep it simple. Start with teaching number identification, then move on to teaching what the representations of those numbers look like in real life (such as what two oranges look like, what five pennies look like, etc.). Worksheets and physical games can accomplish these learning objectives, and students seem to enjoy them.
Really, number identification is the main goal of any preschool math lesson. You don’t have to move on to addition and subtraction, but it couldn’t hurt to throw in at least a few of these lessons to give students a head start for Kindergarten. When you do decide to have a lesson on addition or subtraction, make it relevant, make it fun, and students will learn. Have adding and subtracting games or watch videos on the subject (videos with puppets or animation are a must at this age). When you pull all of these elements together, your preschool math lesson plans will shine for both you and your students.