Joy School Lesson Plans

The Joy School preschool lesson plans are written for three, four and five year olds. An age variety in a Joy School group is no problem. In fact, it is often an asset as older ones teach and “tutor” younger ones. There are two different sets of lesson plans, so children can participate in Joy School for two years in a row.

If you do not consider yourself to be an experienced teacher, or particularly comfortable and natural with children, don’t worry. The preschool lesson plans are written so you can follow them easily. Remember that every idea, story, activity, etc. is pre-tested. We know it works! On the other hand, if you are an experienced teacher, feel free to innovate, adapt, and use your own ideas along with the ones given. A well prepared lesson will make all the difference. These children are very smart and they know when a lesson has been prepared in advance.

When you enroll in Joy School you will receive:

On-line access to the Joy School lesson plans: (includes time schedule, music, stories, pictures, games, music, handouts, and activities for the entire preschool session).

Introductory Unit

Use the Introductory Unit at the beginning of Year 1 and Year 2.

Startup Manual
Charts and Patterns

Year 1 Joy School Lesson Plans

We recommend every child should begin with the Year 1 lesson plans, this is where the Joys are introduced. Make sure everyone in your Joy School group is on the same lesson plan (Year 1 or Year 2). Order of lessons (each unit contains 4-8 lessons. Click on links for sample lessons):

The Joy of the Body
The Joy of the Earth
The Joy of Honesty and Communication
The Joy of Service
The Joy of Goals and Order
The Joy of Obedience and Decisions
The Joy of Interest and Curiosity
The Joy of Spontaneous Delight
The Joy of Trust and Confidence
The Joy of Individual Confidence and Uniqueness
The Joy of Imagination and Creativity
The Joy of Family Security, Identity, and Pride

Year 2 Joy School Lesson Plans

Year 2 reinforces the Joys taught in Year 1. Even though the Joys are the same, there are different activities, stories and methods used in the Year 2 lesson plans. Note: There is no problem if your group is doing Year 2 and you have a new child who hasn’t done Year 1, just let them begin with Year 2. Order of lessons:

The Joy of Obedience and Decisions
The Joy of Spontaneous Delight
The Joy of the Earth
The Joy of the Body
The Joy of Sharing and Service
The Joy of Order and Goal Striving
The Joy of Interest and Curiosity
The Joy of Trust and Confidence
The Joy of Honesty and Candor
The Joy of Communication and Relationships
The Joy of Imagination and Creativity
The Joy of Individual Confidence and Uniqueness
The Joy of Family Security, Identity, and Pride

**Kindergarten Readiness Lesson Plans are included Free with Year 2.

Joy School Supplemental Materials

Children Storybooks by the Eyres that are referenced in the lesson plans:

Children’s Stories (Volume 1)
Children’s Stories (Volume 2)