At Enlightened Play Preschools, we organize each week by a theme. We organize our themes throughout the month into areas that focus on cultures, terrains, animals, seasons, holidays, weather, and character traits (like self-esteem or manners). Within each month our goal is to balance the type of themes to create the widest concepts. Themes allow teachers to introduce new vocabulary, concepts, and visual images to children. We know that children are learning basic skills like colors, letters, numbers, etc all the time. With themes in play, even the same learning takes on a new level of excitement. To count the clowns during Circus week or count the leaves during Autumn…counting is still in play but the theme keeps it interesting.
Thematic Learning: Themes to be Proud of
Because children usually live in a small world, themes allow us to widen their world and help them be introduced to others who look less like them, live differently, and speak in other languages. We are proud to expand our themes and try new ideas like Voting, Lifetimes, Peace, and Ecology.
A Love of Learning
At Enlightened Play Preschools, we promise to keep childhood fun. And one way we can do this is to have fun themes that inspire interest and keep children engaged in their preschool and their love for learning.
Learn more about Enlightened Discipline
Author Julie Jenkins insists that we say goodbye to the naughty mat and call “time out” on timeouts. Leave all those old-school techniques behind. This is the manual for teaching the foundations on self-discipline, common sense and self-respect to young children. Written for every teacher in the early childhood field and every parent with young children.