Download "A is for Apples" for free today. Try it out with your kids. I'm confident that you will love it and come back for more. I have a themed lesson plan pack for every letter of the alphabet and several additional themes. In all, there are 36 themed units available! Enjoy this free gift!
Themed Units Include:
Daily Lesson Plans
Each themed unit includes daily lesson plans. These plans are designed for half day preschool, but can easily be adapted for full day classes as needed. These lessons are extremely easy to follow even for a new teacher or untrained parent. Feel free to move things around throughout the week, add to, and take away to best fit your situation. These are meant to be a guide to get you started, but they are extreemly flexible and can be adapted to your needs.
Lesson plans are one week long unless otherwise indicated on the Scope and Sequence chart.
Word Wall Cards
Word wall cards are designed to be displayed in your reading/writing center to help kids read/write common words that will come up in each themed unit. All cards come in black & white as well as full color to fit your needs.
Early emergent readers are designed to get your kids excited to be reading on their own. Early Emergent Readers are half page booklets that have strong picture support, carefully controlled text, repetitive patterns, controlled, repeated vocabulary, natural language, large print, wide letter spacing, familiar concepts, and limited text on a page. All printable booklets come in black & white as well as full color to fit your needs.
Learning to complete a pattern is an important part of preschool. Each of my themed units comes with set of patterning cards and answer cards (not pictured). These simple cards will help your kids build confidence in their patterning skills.
Journals are included in each themed unit to get your kids excited to learn to write. These journal entries are extremely easy and guided. Use the included word wall cards to help kids spell. Some journals include traceable letters to get kids started.
Each week we will focus on a specific letter, number, and shape. We'll read them, write them, and do various other activities with them to establish understanding. Each week we will have some paper pencil practice as well as practicing in a variety of other ways.
Sensory play is an important part of preschool learning. Each of my themed units comes with at least one (sometimes more) sensory ideas. These sensory ideas will get your hands-on learners excited about learning!
When I started teaching preschool I was shocked how many kids didn't know basic positional concepts! I make sure that each of the themed units focuses on one of these concepts. Knowing and understanding positional concepts helps our kids be effective communicators and helps them follow everyday directions better.
Field Trip Ideas
Each themed unit comes with a field trip idea! While your class might not be able to go on all of these field trips, you will always have an option to consider. These can also be used as ways to encourage parents to continue learning outside of the classroom. Most field trips are fairly inexpensive and should work for all preschool aged kids.
While we don't dive too deep into sight words just yet, we do try to work some in each week. The more sight words your kid knows when entering kindergarten the better he/she will be able to pick up reading read.
Arts & Crafts
Creativity and imagination are wildly important parts of a quality preschool education. Each theme includes various arts and crafts ideas including some printable pieces and some additional ideas to try out with supplies you probably already have on hand.
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Preschoolers are still learning how to use their bodies. Each edlah themed unit includes multiple fine & gross motor opportunities to get your kids learning how to move and use their bodies as they gain new levels of coordination.
Each themed unit includes inspiration for at least one fun themed snack activity that you can make with your kids.
AND SO MUCH MORE
Each themed unit also includes additional extras that are designed just for that themed unit. These additional activities and printables will keep your kids excited to learn about each new topic
Bible Add-ons are a handful of additional ideas that connect a Bible story or Biblical lesson with the themed unit you are teaching that week. These simple add-on lessons are always a hit.
I am in the process of creating interactive notebooks for each of my themed units as well. These wi'll be added to my TpT store as I finish them. They will all be sold separately as an add-on to just those that would like them to keep prices of the themed unit as low as possible and because they might not work in everyones setting.
Edlah lessons can be taught in any order, but this is the recommended order. Some holiday themes are time sensitive, but others can be swapped around as needed. Bible Add-Ons are always sold separately.
Click the theme name in the spreadsheet to view that individual theme in my store.
My name is Melissa. I operate edlah.com and create all of the curriculum and printable resources you see on this website and in my TeachersPayTeachers Store. I am a licensed teacher and earned my degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
I started in the first grade in an urban public school district in 2006. I loved the adventure of working in an urban school, but it took so much of my time and I missed being a mom to my own young kiddos at home.
In 2011 I decided that it would be best for my family and me if I switched to teaching part-time. Doors opened and I was offered a job at a private Christian Preschool. I very quickly fell in love with teaching preschool and early childhood education!
The curriculum here on edlah.com is what I developed for my own preschool classroom. My passion quickly changed from teaching to to helping teachers teach!!! Teaching and leading kids and those who love kids is my passion and my entire life now.
In addition to edlah, I was also the Nursery Director at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS. With about 90 babies ages 0-2 years old and around 100 volunteers. Then in 2020 I was offered my absolute dream job as Grace Church's Kid's Ministry Campus Support Team. I spent several years as the Early Childhood and Resource Specialist before moving into the Grace Kids Campus Support Director role in 2023. As part of the Campus Support Team, I get to work on the team that builds the curriculum and creates the resources for our multicampus kid's ministry of 650+ kids every weekend and nearly 1,000 at our summer day camps. This is the best job ever! I can't believe they pay me to do what I already was doing here on edlah for fun as a hobby!
Edlah is still my favorite side hustle! Here I get to create anything and everything that I want. I get to
support teachers and parents like you as you teach your preschoolers! Please let me know if there is
anything I can help you with along the way!
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