Lesson Plan for Kindergarten – Developing Visual Discrimination
A consistent program that delivers a regular lesson plan for kindergarten developing strong visual discrimination skills is essential both for preschoolers to successfully learn to read and write as well as develop problem solving skills.
Visual discrimination involves being able to identify shapes, letters, numbers, patterns, sequences, differences and similarities.
It is one of the most important skills that is taught within early years education and a deliberate program whereby a lesson plan for kindergarten is made and taught regularly is able to drastically increase children´s future reading, writing and maths success.
Elements of a Good Lesson Plan for Kindergarten
A successful lesson plan for kindergarten teaching visual discrimination skills should be carefully scaffolded for children.
Each lesson should build on previously learned skills and extend them.
When you are presenting a new task you should:
• Show it – demonstrate how the skill or task is to be performed
• Practice it – plan an activity that allows the students to practice the skill with your support
• Use it – finally plan a synthesizing activity that allows them to undertake the task independently.
In the technology classroom, there are lots of opportunities to practice the show it, practice it, use it lesson planning style.
Activities for a Technology Lesson Plan for Kindergarten
In the initial phase of the learning, interactive whiteboards are an invaluable tool. They are wonderful tools for showing content and allowing students to interact with it in a meaningful and kinaesthetic way.
If you are teaching shapes for example, you could develop a Smartboard lesson that introduces students to the different shapes and have them repeat them out loud.
Moving into the practice phase, you can play back to the board where students have to identify the shape that you have called out on the Smartboard.
When it comes time for students to undertake some independent work with identifying shapes, you could have them play a game where they have to identify certain shapes by themselves.
Finally, it is important to plan an activity that extends beyond the technology and ideally encourages problem solving or collaborative learning. In this case you could have them working with tangrams to use the shapes they have learned about to make pictures.
As your students work on their extension activity it is important to monitor them and ask them open questions or probing questions about their learning and their thinking.
For further reading on how to create a solid lesson plan for kindergarten that includes elements of ICT use, visit – http://ictearlyyears.e2bn.org/