Virtual Preschool is the best thing that we have ever made, friends! We have taken our 35 years of combined teaching experience in the classroom and have packaged up so, so much of the magic of our preschool to deliver to you, wherever you are. We have created a thoughtful, well-rounded, engaging, sensory-rich, academic, playful preschool curriculum for children ages 3-6, divided into week-long themes.
Each semester has 10 educational, fun weeks of content. Every week includes four 30-40 minute prerecorded videos of Miss Kristian & Miss Michelle teaching, coordinating printable journaling prompts, and weekly lesson plans with educational activities to do across ten domains. We are so excited to bring Friends Preschool to the whole, wide world!
How does Virtual Preschool work?
Each semester of Virtual Preschool has 10 engaging, thematic weeks of content. Each of the 10 weeks has a new theme that we have used in the classroom for decades (so we know they’re kid approved!). With each week of Virtual Preschool, you will have access to:
There are four videos for each week of Virtual Preschool (40 videos in total each semester). The videos are engaging, interactive, and led by preschool teachers Miss Kristian and Miss Michelle. Each video is bright, educational, and covers a wide range of topics including letter recognition, cooking projects, science experiments, music & movement, storytelling, phonics, art projects, reading stories, and so, so much more. We took the very best, most important parts of preschool and put them into interactive videos and they are an absolute joy!
- Weekly Lesson Plan Activities
- Each week comes with a Weekly Lesson Plan filled with 10 hands-on activities for you to choose from to complete with your child. We did the lesson planning for you so you can spend more time creating, playing, and learning and less time in front of the computer scouring the internet looking for educational ideas. The Weekly Lesson Plan activities include the following subjects every week: math, science, art, literacy, fine motor, sensory, dramatic play, music, movement, and nutrition.
- Journaling Prompts
- Four weekly journaling sheets that correspond with the videos of the week. Invite your child to answer the questions and illustrate their responses.
- Weekly Poem
- We learn a new poem each week (and revisit past weeks’ poems, too!). Each week the packet contains a copy of the poem for your child to illustrate and practice at home.
- Letter of the Week
- Miss Michelle studies a new letter each week (and reviews past letters, too!). Each packet has two printable pages for the child to practice writing the letter, practice phonics, and play letter activities.
- Printable activities to correspond with video lessons and the Weekly Lesson Plan. We love providing you with supplemental materials to use both during Virtual Preschool videos and at home/in the classroom to always keep your children engaged and learning.
Weekly Packet Sample
Who is Virtual Preschool for?
The Virtual Preschool videos and the supplemental curriculum resources are designed for children ages 3-6. Whether you’re a family looking for a meaningful, engaging, teacher-guided learning opportunity for your child(ren) to observe and use at home OR you’re a teacher looking for teaching strategies and curriculum ideas – this is for YOU.
What materials do I need?
You will need a device to view the videos (ex: computer, TV, tablet), a printer + paper (don’t worry – there isn’t a lot to print), and other easy-to-access materials (ex: baking soda + vinegar, drawing supplies, collage materials, paper, paint, etc.). Each week’s Weekly Lesson Plan will share ideas on projects to do at home/school, some with no materials necessary and others with easy-to-access, inexpensive materials.
How do we access the videos and handouts?
Each semester has its very own page on the website and will house all of the videos and supplemental materials for the semester. Everything is very easy to access and use. No physical materials are mailed to you, but you can download each weekly packet and save them to use forever.
What semester do I start with?
You can begin anywhere! We intentionally designed the program so that you can jump in at any semester. Want to start with Winter Year 1? Great! Want to start with Spring Year 2? Terrific! Pick what themes look like the most fun to you and begin there. See all semester themes below.
What are the themes for each semester?
- Fall Year 1: Food, Dinosaurs, Community Helpers, Fall, Spiders, Birds, Transportation, Pets, Gingerbread, and Winter
- Winter Year 1: Bears, Outer Space, Artists, 5 Senses, Zoo, Love, Authors & Illustrators, Weather, Rainforest, and Rainbows
- Spring Year 1: Farm, Bunnies, Ponds, Sports, Earth, Butterflies, Insects, Flowers, Garden, and Ocean
- Fall Year 2: Apples, Camping, Pizza, Fall Harvest, Community Helpers, Nursery Rhymes, Body, Halloween, Superheroes, and Thanksgiving
- Winter Year 2: Polar Animals, Bakery, Christmas, Authors, Snowmen, Ice Cream, Geography, Colors, Birthday, and Valentine’s Day
- Spring Year 2: Spring, Desert, St. Patrick’s Day, Trees, Beach, Easter, Bees, Lemonade, Pirates, and Summer
Who are Miss Kristian and Miss Michelle?
Click here to learn more about this dynamic duo teaching team, their education, and decades of experience in this field.
Can we watch the videos more than once?
Absolutely! You can watch them as many times as you want during your subscription period.
How long do I have access to the semester for?
You have access to the semester for 12 weeks from the time of purchase. Each semester has 10 weeks of content, but we provide two extra weeks for you to rewatch your favorite episodes or to catch up on anything that you may have missed. Access to the videos will expire at the end of the semester, but you can download all of the weekly packets to keep and use forever.
Can I gift Virtual Preschool to someone?
YES! Click here to purchase gift cards.
What our Virtual Preschool families have to say:
Where do I start with how much we love Virtual Preschool?! My daughter interacts more with Miss Kristian and Miss Michelle than our live preschool teacher! She is so absolutely enamored with them and has asked more than once if we can go to California to meet them. The way they present knowledge in such a fun, funny, and loving way just shows how these two have found their calling. I cannot recommend VPS enough, we’re already counting down to the next session.
– Shruti Goins –
My girls immediately were interacting with Miss Kristian and Miss Michelle. It was like they knew them or already were friends. My husband and I watched from the other room and knew it was what our family needed. Never once have I regretted pulling my daughter from in person learning at her current preschool to offer her the virtual preschool hosted by Friends Art Lab. It’s become part of our routine, spending the morning with Miss Michelle and Miss Kristian. I am the parent and I am hooked, I sit with my girls, cup of coffee in hand, and watch the beauty and perfection they offer my children. I am forever grateful Friends Art Lab, Miss Kristian and Miss Michelle came into our world.
– Heather Miller –
So much learning, so much variety and so much fun! Miss 4 was riveted and it was wonderful to see her joining in and calling out her responses as if she was really at preschool in person. Those teachers really know how to engage the kids! The supplementary activity ideas were a great addition to try for ourselves later and included materials lists for planning ahead, much of which we had at home already. It was so great to have the thinking done for us! But the highlight of Virtual Preschool was the enthusiasm, inspiration and joy imparted by these wonderful women. Now that’s the best way to encourage learning!
– Juli Seidel –
Ms. Kristian and Ms. Michelle are the people my son most looks forward to seeing every day. Watching him learn new things daily has been a delight and seeing how happy he gets when they say his name or tell him how wonderful his work is, is truly amazing. Thank you for bringing so much happiness, joy, love, and education into our lives and for making my son feel like he has teachers who truly love and care about him even though you are all the way across the country. You are two of the most amazing teachers there are.
– Lauren Lagin –
You’ve become a part of our family, teaching both my children, and me, so much! On my lazy parenting days, I can sit and sip coffee while they interact with school. On other days, we fill our time with tons of amazing activities and games. You inspire creativity, inclusion, and kindness, on top of laying the foundation for strong reading, writing, and math skills. You’ve taught me how to teach my children, and that is a gift I truly treasure. We are SO EXCITED to continue Virtual Preschool next year!
– Elena Comiskey –
Friends Art Lab Virtual Preschool is the best purchase I have made in my life. I have to be honest as a teacher myself I can tell how passionate Ms. Kristian and Ms. Michelle are about this program and I am also learning from their creativity of activities and incorporation of sensory materials. My son is excited to watch his new video everyday and even asks to watch his favorite ones again on his days off. The activities and materials are thoughtfully sent in advance and are easy to prep. We cannot wait for the next semester of FAL!!! From a fellow educator turned stay at home mom this year, FAL virtual preschool is a dream come true.
– Hannah Brown –
All three kids (5, 4, and 2.5) are always excited about FAL preschool. They even ask for it on the weekends. You have sparked a light in all of them. The oldest is obsessed with numbers and counting. Loves knowing his letters and telling everyone the sounds. And for the first time ever (not for a lack of my effort), is inspired to draw his own pictures and enjoy process art. They all love singing their poems of the week: in the car, while they’re coloring, while washing their hands, in the store, etc. We love you like family.
– Alexis Nicole –
I myself have a PhD in Biology and love to bring my passion of science to my boys when I can, but PreK Curriculum left me stumped for where to start. Now, I watch with my boys when I can and know that they are getting the best we can give them each day and they have even inspired me to come up with a creative lesson for my boys on a Saturday. Education at this age is vital. In my opinion, Michell and Kristian are the leading experts in what is right in stimulating young minds. If you want your children to come out stronger, you will start here.