What if planning preschool themes didn't have to take so long?
Imagine what else you could do with that time...
Imagine this all-too-familiar scenario:
Two preschool teachers sit down to plan their next week's themes during the almost laughably short planning time during the school day.
Both want to go out with friends tonight, but those lesson plans aren't going to write themselves.
The first teacher quickly realizes she'll be planning all night. In fact, it'll be at least 9:30 before she's done...
But the second teacher? She's done planning in under 20 minutes...
Planning a entire week in 20 minutes or less - how is that possible?
Plan your week in 20 minutes or less by doing this:
Switch to customizing your plans instead of creating.
Planning is key to success with your preschoolers. But you DO NOT have to use all of your limited paid planning time (if you even have any) or your precious personal time planning in order to be a great teacher.
Those paths leads to fatigue, distress and burnout.
What if you could instead focus on customizing quality plans to meet your preschoolers' needs?
What if you could stop reinventing the wheel every week?
How much time would that save you?
Perhaps you are expected to do your planning during nap time.
Sounds great in theory, right?
But let's face it: not ALL your children actually nap at nap time. So you find yourself torn between understanding that not all children sleep yet frustrated because you don't know when - or if -you'll get your planning done if not now.
The 'Built-In' Planning Time Myth:
Or perhaps you are expected to plan during those first and last 15 minutes of your shift.
But you and I both know :
The first 15 minutes of the day is oftentimes spent either setting up your classroom, taking a call from a parent or being stopped in the parking lot or hallway by an early child arrival.
The last 15 minutes of your day are spent cleaning up, gathering supplies for tomorrow or hanging out with a child whose parent is running late.
So much for 'built-in' planning time.
In either scenario, the time is just not there to work on planning. Looks like you'll need to plan your theme at home this week, on your personal time - AGAIN.
Does this sound familiar...
It's Sunday night, you're online planning your preschool themes for the next week or two.
Each website you go to has promises of many activities for the themes you are planning.
You see one that promises 25+ preschool activities for the theme you are working on.
Yet, when you go to that website, you find 4 or 5 themed activities and then a list of 20 to 30 clickable links that lead you 20 to 30 other websites to find a few more activities.
The next thing you know, HOURS have passed and you:
still don't have one week's theme fully planned.
are frustrated because you gave up plans to hang with friends and family tonight (YET AGAIN) to plan for the week but still haven't completed it.
feel like a volunteer rather than a paid preschool teacher
In addition, your family and friends feel ignored every weekend during the school year because they know "Sunday is planning day".
All of this can cause the burn-out of amazing teachers just like you. I don't want that to happen to you!
You are in this field to make a difference to the children in your care. You love interacting with the children and providing activities that help each of them grow and develop.
Yet the planning expectations are more than you anticipated. I've seen amazingly gifted teachers put in hours of personal time to create their themes each week and have seen many of them burn out. I don't want that to happen to you.
Get Ready To Claim Back Your Personal Time!
Introducing Preschool Cubby
THE program that will save you countless hours of preschool theme planning each week!
By providing you with a time-saving, preschool theme-planning program, that includes:
4 complete, done-for-you week-long themes with developmentally appropriate activities for ALL your classroom areas --AND all the activities are editable so you can add YOUR own activities and special, unique ideas!
YOUR CHOICE of the 4 themes you want each month so you can plan based on your children's interests 100% Flexibility!
Themes designed with common preschool standards in mind.
Professional Development trainings to help you plan for your classroom and grow in the field!
Time-saving downloadable guides and e-books to help you with planning ideas, classroom management resources, organization and administration.
A Teachers' Lounge Community for you to network with other teachers like yourself to share ideas with
And it's all located in a membership-only site, with your own private login, for fast and convenient access to all of your themes and resources.
Here's What You'll Have Access To as
a Preschool Cubby Member:
Save HOURS of planning time each week
YOU select 4 themes of your choice each month from an ever-growing collection of themes
All themes organized into editable weekly and daily planning forms
All themes aligned to my newly developed Preschool Standards
All themes include printable games and activities
Professional Development hours at your fingertips-in your jammies!
Access 24/7 to trainings created to help you grow in the field
A new training added each month (Sept - June)
Go through each training at your own pace
Each training includes a Certificate of Attendance
A large selection of downloadable ebooks, guides and more, to save you time in key areas:
Activities & Planning
Working with preschoolers
Organization & Administration
You are NOT alone! Share ideas and challenges with teachers LIKE YOU who get it!
Access to a Community of teachers to network with
Help and be helped
Share and ask for ideas
Share and brainstorm solutions to challenges
And so much more!
-Here's More Details About Each Part of Preschool Cubby-
1. Preschool Themes
4 Full-Week Themes Each Month That YOU Choose
When you login to your Member's Area, you'll have 4 "Theme Credits"
Each theme credit can be used to unlock one theme of your choice, for a total of 4 each month.
You'll then receive 4 more theme credits on the 1st of every month to choose 4 more themes!
All of your themes will be safely stored in your own Personal Library for access and use at anytime.
What are the theme choices?
I'm glad you asked!
Here's a list list of the themes you'll find: (Over 250 themes as of now and I add 2-4 new themes each month!)
5 Senses All About Me Amphibians Ambulance & Police Anna Dewdney (Author Theme) Ants Apples Arctic Armor of God (Bible) Art Audrey Wood (Author) Babies Baby Animals Back To School Balls Basketball Bats Beach Bedtime Bees Birds Birthday Books Boxes Brushes Bubbles Bugs & Insects Buildings Bunnies Butterflies & Caterpillars Buttons Camels Camping Carnivals Castles, Dragons, Kings & Queens Cats & Dogs Chairs Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Chinese New Year Christmas (Christian) Christmas (General) Cinco de Mayo Circus Clothes Clothespins Clouds Colors Communication Construction Cookies Cooking Corn Creative Movement Dairy David & Goliath David Shannon (Author Series) Dental Health Desert Dinosaurs Doctors & Nurses Dr. Seuss Ducks Earth Day Easter (General) Easter (Christan) Eggs Ellen Stoll Walsh (Author) Eric Carle (Author Theme) Eric Litwin (Author Theme) Exercise & Fitness Ezra Jack Keats (Author Theme) Fairies
Fairy Tales Fall (Autumn) Fall Leaves Family Farm Father's Day Feathers Feelings Fire Safety Fireflies Fish Friendship Frogs "Frozen" Inspired Theme Fruits & Vegetables Gingerbread God Made Me (Bible) Good Samaritan (Bible) Grandparents Grocery Groundhogs & Shadows Growing Flowers Hairdresser Hats Hedgehogs Hibernation Horses Hot & Cold Houses & Homes Ice Ice Cream Jan Brett (Author Theme) Jesus and the Children (Bible) Jesus Feeds 5000 (Bible) Jesus Washes Feet (Bible) Jonah (Bible) Joseph (Bible) Jungle Kites & Wind Ladybugs Laura Numeroff (Author Study) Leo Lionni (Author Study) Lois Ehlert (Author Study) Mad Science Magnets Manners Mardi Gras Margaret Wise Brown (Author) Matter Mice Mo Willems (Author Theme) Mosquitoes Mother's Day Mud Music My Body New Year Nicodemus (Bible) Noah's Ark (Bible) Norman Bridwell (Author Theme) Numbers Nursery Rhymes Nutrition Ocean Olympics Opposites Owls Pajamas Palm Sunday (Bible) Pasta Penguins Pets Picnics Pies
Pirates Pizza Planting Seeds Polka Dots Pond Life Popcorn Post Office Prodigal Son (Christian) Pumpkin Puppets Quilts Race Cars Rain Rainbows Rain Forest Reptiles Road Safety Robert Munsch (Author) Robots Rocks Rosemary Wells (Author) Samuel (Bible) Sand Scarecrows Scissors Secret Agents Shapes Sharks Shoes Silly Monsters Simple Machines Skunks Snakes Snow Soup Space Sparkles Spiders Spring St. Patrick's Day Summer Sun Sunflowers Superheroes Teachers & Librarians Teddy Bears Textures Thanksgiving Tomie dePaola (Author Theme) Trash/Garbage Transportation Trees (Great for Arbor Day!) Tubes & Tunnels Turtles Umbrellas Unicorns Vacations Valentines Water Watermelon Western Wheels Winter Winter Animals Wolves Woodland Animals Worms Zacchaeus Zoo
Each and every activity is aligned to developmentally appropriate preschool standards that I developed.
You'll receive this as a full page download as a subsciber to Preschool Cubby!
Know That You Are Providing Your Preschoolers with the Skills They Truly Need
My standards were developed based on my study and research of commonly accepted and acknowledged frameworks, standards and preschool outcomes (including many individual U.S. State's and other country's frameworks - such as Head Start, EYLF, DRDP and my own established preschool standards).
The result: Preschool Plan It Standards, shown above, that include 45 child outcomes!
These standards will help you know which age-appropriate skills you are helping your preschoolers develop with each activity, while providing a guide to help you determine which of YOUR required standards you are meeting.
Easily Aligned To Your Own Required Standards and Frameworks
My Preschool Plan It Standards Conversion Chart (shown above) lists out my 45 child outcomes on the left. The columns to the right are editable--simply enter your own state or country equivalent standard in each space and save it!
Now, just refer to your saved Conversion Chart for easy reference for each theme!
Save Countless Hours Each Week. Each theme includes developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities for ALL of the classroom’s Interest Learning Centers, organized into weekly and daily planning forms.
This is a “week at a glance” form which lists the activity names, organized by day, and the standards each activity meets, below it! The numbers within the activity boxes are the references to my Preschool Plan It Standards that the activity is aligned to.
Plus, each of the activity boxes are EDITABLE! This means you can cut, paste and move the activites to anywhere on the form! Or, delete an activity and type in your own to correspond with your own class or program events!
Provides “proof of preschool learning” to administrators, parents and “powers that be”.
We all know how important this is :) ("My child only plays in the block area all day.")
Each activity is aligned to Preschool Plan It’s Standards, and the standard letter and number is listed on the weekly planning form under each activity.
This makes it super easy for you to demonstrate the specific skills each activity is teaching.
("In the block center, your child is developing his eye-hand coordination, learning to sort materials by different attributes, and inferring and predicting outcomes as he/she creates different sized structures.")
Completed Daily Planning Forms
Each day is then broken down into a daily planning form that lists the supplies needed, and detailed instructions on how to carry out each activity. And like the weekly planning form, the daily planning forms are also EDITABLE!
Cut Down on Prep Time.
Each daily planning form contains a list of the materials and supplies you’ll need to gather for the day. No more last minute list of items to gather for the week or the day. Just gather the materials listed on each day’s planning form and you are ready to teach!
No More Preparing Substitute Teacher Packets (less guilt on your day off!)
Any substitute, assistant teacher or aide can look at the daily planning forms and know how to carry out each activity.
File Folder Games
Each theme includes a file folder game with the pieces and instructions to create it! All you need is a file folder!
Saves Time and Money.
No more purchasing file folder books or searching for images to create your own! Use the pieces in each theme pack and you’ll be creating four file folder games a month! Laminated, you now have a plethora of games to choose from throughout the year!
Provides Fun, Hands-on Math and Literacy Learning For Your Preschoolers.
Each game focuses on a different math or literacy skill preschoolers need to learn. Each file folder game will vary in skill focus, from classifying, sorting or number recognition skills that support preschool math, to matching or letter recognition skills that support preschool literacy and language.
Each theme comes with a playdough recipe card that includes ingredients and instructions.
Develops Your Preschoolers’ Math, Motor and Pre-Writing Skills.
Playdough is one of THE best activities to develop fine motor skills and strengthen hand muscles, which are pre-writing skills! In addition, making playdough WITH the children helps them develop measuring and counting skills.
New Playdough to Make Each Week!
With a different home-made playdough recipe in every theme, you’ll be able to make a different type of playdough each week!
Each theme comes with an activity mat designed to improve a specific area of development.
Provide Hands-on, Creative Fun and Learning.
Each mat can be used with playdough, dry erase markers or items from around your classroom to help your children develop a variety of skills, while learning.
Each mat focuses on one specific area of development, such as fine motor development, rote or rational counting skills, letter recognition, eye-hand coordination, ability to identify and create shapes - and many other concepts.
Song Poster and Song Card
Each theme comes with a printable 8 X 10 song poster and corresponding 3 X 5 song card.
Provide Literacy Connections to Music.
Each poster has the words to a favorite preschool song with a few images added. Your preschoolers can “read” along as they sing!
Fill Your Unexpected (or expected!) Transition Times.
Each theme comes with a 3 X 5 song card of the same song in the poster. The card has the name of the song and a picture to help describe the song.
Print and laminate each of these cards and put them on a ring or in a small can or box. When you have a few minutes you need to fill, or the children need some redirection (think of hand washing time or waiting to be picked up to go home!), just pull out your collection of song cards, pick one and sing your way through the transition!
Themed and Patterned Calendar Pieces
Each theme includes calendar pieces for the month with themed images!
Some themes are AB patterns, some are ABC patterns and some more complex patterns.
Saves Time and Money.
No more purchasing or creating calendar pieces each month! Each theme comes with calendar pieces numbered 1-31 and a themed Month card. You print, laminate and use a dry-erase marker to write the month you are in. Erase and re-use anytime you run this theme throughout the year!
And remember, you are receiving 4 themes each month—that means 4 sets of monthly calendar pieces! You’ll never need to purchase another set!
Provide Hands-on Math Learning For Your Preschoolers.
Each set of calendar numbers is patterned to help your preschoolers develop the ability to identify, predict, create and extend simple patterns (a common Math standard element!) Just set these pieces out with a wall calendar and let your preschoolers explore and learn! (Some themes include AB patterns, some are ABC, others are ABCD, etc.)
2. Professional Development
A growing collection of self-study trainings* you can take at your convenience to help you continually develop your teaching skills, learn tips and tricks to help implement activities in your classroom, and stay updated on all of the latest best practices.
Is self-study- Complete in your own time...in your jammies!
Comes with a Certificate of Completion
Current trainings include:
Art Easels & Vertical Spaces (1 hour)
Process Art (1 hour)
Block Play (1 hour)
Preschool Circle Time ( 2 hours)
Cooking in Preschool (1 hour)
Daily Transitions (2 hours)
Developmental Milestones (3 hours)
Dramatic Play (1 hour)
Gross Motor Development (2 hours)
Learning with File Folder Games (1.5 hours)
Loose Parts in Preschool (2 hours)
Math In Preschool (2 hours)
Movement Activities (2 hours)
Music in Preschool (2 hours)
Outside Play (2 hours)
Sand & Water Play (1.5 hours)
Science In Preschool (1.5 hours)
Sensory Play (2 hours)
Storytime (1 hour)
Writing Centers in Preschool (2 hours)
Writing Stages of Preschoolers (2 hours)
* Trainings will include a certificate of attendance. We do not issue CEUs directly. You will need to check with your state's (or country's) licensing division to determine if our online trainings qualify for official in-service training hours.
3. Teacher Resources
The Teacher Resource section of the Membership Site contains a growing selection of downloadable ebooks & guides for you in 4 areas, including:
Activities & Planning
13 Math Activities
38 Ways To Paint
Transition Time Activities
Editable Weekly & Daily Planning Form Templates
Parent Conference Fall Interview
Teacher Workshop Log
How To Conduct Preschool Tours
Director's Annual Timeline (Editable)
Behavior Observation Forms
Preschool Schedule Planning Forms
Allergies In the Classroom
Circle Time Conversation Rules Poster
4. Teacher Lounge
A Community of teachers to network with where you can help and be helped!
There are hundreds of other teachers here to share with and ask for ideas from, share and brainstorm solutions to challeges with, and more! Some of the topics we'll dive into together include:
"I am loving Preschool Cubby! The list of needed materials is awesome! It saves me so much time and my co-teacher agrees. Thanks for the information on how to use the plan schedule. If my little ones are interested in a theme, I like to keep it going for a week or more!"
Early Childhood Teacher, Massachusetts
"This is by far my favorite site to use when planning. There is no other place that I would rather use to plan my lessons!"
Lisa Gattone, Director
Early Childhood Educators of Pennsylvania Childcare
"Your themes and the weekly/monthly plans are an enormous resource. There is so much to pick and choose from!
Also, the standards sheet is a super help for working out aims/targets. There are no real fixed standards here that every institution has to adhere to, it is only a guide, so thanks again for all your hard work!"
Ruth H., Teacher
Choose the plan that's best for you!
Not sure which to choose? In each plan you'll receive the same awesome program each month, but the 12-month plan means you're all set for a year so you don't have to worry about renewing during the school year! You can just do what you do best - teach your preschoolers - and know that this program will be delivered each and every month!
(All prices listed in USD)
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If so--swipe left to see the annual pay option!
A: YES! You will be able to choose your own 4 themes each month from the ever-growing list of themes inside the membership site library!
Q: Which themes will I receive each month?
A: Again, you will choose the themes you want each month from the ever growing selection of themes in your Member's Area! (There are over 300 in there right now and I add 2-4 new themes each month.)
Q: If I choose the annual payment option, can I access a year's worth of themes right away?
A: No. Preschool Cubby is a monthly program, meaning that 4 themes are accessible each month, regardless of whether you pay monthly or choose to pay once each year. I offer the one year payment to save teachers some money ( If you choose the annual payment, you save 20% off the monthly cost by paying up front).
Q: How does payment work?
A: Preschool Cubby is an auto-renewal program. This means your card will be charged AUTOMATICALLY.
If you choose the monthly payment option, your card will be charged every 30 days.
If you choose the annual payment option, your card will be charged each year from the day you sign up (Don't worry - I will send you a renewal reminder email 7-10 days before your annual renewal, so you know it's coming!
Q: Can you mail the themes to my home or school?
A: The themes packets are not, at this time, available in hard copy format. They are in digital (online) format only (in a PDF document) for you to download. They're designed to be easily printed.
Q: How do I download the themes to my computer?
A: Once you unlock a theme, you simply click the "Download Theme" button to open the theme, then click "File" then "Save As" and save the theme to your computer!
They are all in PDF format, so be sure you have the most current version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer (Adobe Reader is FREE!).
Q: Can I download the packets to my mobile device?
A: I recommend downloading them to your computer first and then sending them to your mobile device. Not all mobile devices download PDFs well.
Q: Do your standards meet my state or country's required standards and frameworks?
A: The standards are not yet aligned to any one specific state or country's preschool standards. They were, however, developed based on my research and study of many of the commonly accepted standards used with the most common domains and child outcomes applied.
My Preschool Plan Its Standards include a conversion chart with a section for you to list your own state or country's equivalent standard, allowing you to use the conversion chart as a reference sheet when using themes from Preschool Cubby.
Q: What if I don't like the program after I sign up?
A: Don't worry about spending the money and then changing your mind. I know all about tight budgets, and I want to be sure you spend every dime wisely.
So, if you are not completely happy with the time you save using the themes from Preschool Cubby, just cancel your subscription anytime from within your Member's Login area or by contacting me!
If you request to cancel within your first 30 days as a NEW* Preschool Cubby member, I'll refund your payment.....No Questions Asked...It's my 100% Money Back Guarantee to you!
*This applies to first time Preschool Cubby members, not returning members.
Q: What will the renewal price be for the monthly and the 12-month plan?
A: The price for this program will be exactly the same as it is here! This is "for life" pricing for you, for this program, and will not go up at any renewal! Of course, if you cancel your subscription and then sign-up again at a later date, you would then be charged at the current subscription rate at that time.
Q: WHY is there a renewal fee? Will there be different themes each year?
A: YES! Indeed! I add 2-4 new themes each month!
Q: Will I have always have access to my Member's Area, even if I cancel?
A: As long as you are an active (paid) member, yes! If you choose to cancel your Membership, you will no longer have access to the Member's Area and any theme credits not used will be lost. You should use and download your themes directly to your computer so you always have them!
"Talk about excited! The best part is the chart you provide for us to put in our own standards. I am in love that I can give simple directives to my assistant teachers. Thank you!"
Cheryl N., Owner, Muskegon, MI
The 30-day, money back guarantee applies to first time Preschool Cubby Members, not returning members.