Lunch Break Learning at home preschool activity plans are for busy families who need easy to follow but meaningful daily activities. These plans are for parents, but they are also for teachers to send to students. If you are a preschool teacher, feel free to use these ideas in your remote learning plans for your students. Remind parents to be gentle with their children and themselves and focus on connection. These plans are named Lunch Break Learning because the activities can be done during lunch breaks while working from home, but you can do them at night, early morning, or any time between zoom meetings too. Whether you are a parent or a teacher trying to do home preschool, but feeling overwhelmed, these plans are for you.
For more simple ideas, check out the previous week’s plans by clicking the links below.
How To Use Lunch Break Learning Lesson Plan For Working Parents
- Look over this week’s plan. Take a screenshot and save it to your phone, or if you have a printer, print it out.
- Read through the activity details. Take note of the “Make it harder/ make it easier” tips.
- Prep the activities either the night before or one big prep Sunday night. This won’t take long.
- Tell yourself you can do this. It’s going to be OK if you skip a day, no biggie!
- Come back every Saturday through June 21st for your next plan.
At Home Preschool Activity Plan – June 8th – June 15th
At Home Preschool Plan Details
Check out all the details for the preschool lesson plan for this week below.
Let’s Talk About Race
Have you talked about race with your kids? In my preschool class, we talk a lot about differences. We talk about how we eat different things, how we have different color skin, how we celebrate birthdays differently. We count in various languages and take note of how different all families are. But that’s not enough. We have to talk more explicitly about race, and this video from The Tutu Teacher that I am asking you to watch is a great way to do that. Watch the video here –> Let’s Talk About Race.
Shapes Around The House
Find shapes in your house. What shape is the door? What shape is that pillow? How many squares can you find? What about triangles?
Make it easier -> Try this from the lunch table as you munch on something yummy. Just look around and point things out.
Make it harder –> Go big, have your child make a shape checklist with shapes, and as you walk all-around your home tally it up. Then come back and count the tally to declare which shape is most common in your house.
Red Light! Green Light!
Help your child develop self-control. Play red light green light. Do you remember this game? If not, it’s simple. Have your child stand multiple feet away from you, the further, the better. Then call out green light. Have your child walk or run if you are outside to you. When you yell red light, they must stop. It’s fun to yell ” Green light!”, then “Green light!” again to hear how closely they are listening. When they get to you, the game starts all over.
Make it easier -> Play in a smaller area.
Make it harder -> Add in yellow light. This should mean slow down, but in some families, it means go faster!
Sing your favorite nursery rhymes and songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, and Five Little Ducks. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of fun songs for the summer.
Make it easier -> No way to make it easier, so just have fun.
Make it harder -> Alter your favorite song instead of Five Little Ducks. Maybe it’s Five Little Monsters, or instead of The Wheels on the Bus, you change it to The Wings on the Plane!
Alive or Not
Alive or not? Go for a walk and ask your child to help you decide what is living and what isn’t. Is a plant alive? What about a car? A rock? A bird? What do things need to do to be alive? They need to be able to grow, to use something for fuel, and reproduce. Can a car grow? Can a rock? What about a baby bird or that little tree?
Make it easier –> Keep the lesson short – only talk about one or two characteristics about living things.
Make it harder –> After talking about how plants are living, try planting a seed and watch it grow together over the next many weeks. What does it need to stay alive? Research how it can reproduce.
Big At Home Preschool Projects for the Weekend
Working parents may have more time during the weekend. Here are some longer projects you might like to try.
Bed Time Reading Tips
Every week I include different ways to make your bedtime reading more focused on different skills, no matter what books you are using. This week I encourage you to find anti-racism books for your bookshelf. If you need suggestions to check out Here We Read on Instagram. This week after you read, ask your child what their favorite part of the book was. Why?
Supplies Needed for the Preschool Activity Plan
These supplies are what is needed for the Monday-Friday activities.
Please note that weekend craft ideas have their own supply lists in the linked post.
Optional Additional Preschool At Home Activities
Our Lunch Break Learning Preschool Lesson Plan for working parents is purposefully simple, made for busy parents who need simple daily activities to keep their children learning without overwhelming their day. These activities are for you to browse if you have more time.