Had an email recently asking how I plan the Basket Mondays and other activities we do. So here it goes...
First, I decide on a subject. I try to focus on something of interest at the time. Or on a book I have wanted to share/focus on.
Next, I check my favorite preschool/kindergarten websites. (If not specified then it is likely a Teachers website where you will be able to download many free items they have created!)
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html Some items members only!
Green Gables Kindergarten
http://www.kinderbykim.com/index.html New favorite!
http://www.kinderprintables.com/dailyprintables.htm Many free items!
http://www.preschoolprintables.com/filefolder/filefolder.shtml Many free items
http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/ You won't believe all the great stuff here! Many free items!
http://makinglearningfun.com/index.html Another New Favorite!
I know this list is crazy long but you will find so much stuff you will not likely check every site every week!
If I am being crazy and still think something is missing then I just do a google search. This is mainly used when I have something specific in mind that I am not finding. (Google Search - go to http://www.google.com/ put specifically what you want in the box. E.g. Preschool spider craft using paper plates.)
I also try to find activities to span different subject areas. Right now I am working on a Basket for the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. So I have found a counting book using a palm tree and coconuts for Math. A cute painting activity for Art. Letter tile cards for Language Arts. ...you get the idea. I will try and find a cultural activity as well.
Hope this helps with planning! Hope you enjoy all those great sites!