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

By teacher8605

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!

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.

AUGUST - BACK TO SCHOOL

Week One: Rules at School

Week Two: My Classroom Family

Week Three: All About Me

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)

OCTOBER - FALL

Week One: Fall Leaves

Week Two: Columbus Day

Week Three: Pumpkins

Week Four: Bats

Week Five: Halloween

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.)

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

JANUARY - ANIMALS ALL AROUND

Week One: Insects

Week Two: Pets

Week Three: Farm Animals

Week Four: Ocean Animals

Week Five: Zoo Animals

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

MARCH - READING IS FUN!!!

Week One: Dr. Seuss

Week Two: Eric Carle

Week Three: Kevin Henkes

Week Four: Jan Brett

Week Five: Caldecott Winners

APRIL - SPRING

Week One: Easter

Week Two: Spring Weather / Flowers

Week Three: Earth Day

Week Four: Butterflies and Caterpillars

MAY - TRANSPORTATION

Week One: Cars and Trucks

Week Two: Planes and Helicopters

Week Three: Trains and Subways

Week Four: Boats

Week Five: Welcome Summer

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!