I believe children should have fun! After all, even the experts agree that preschool age children learn most through play. These carefree years are so short, and soon the children will be exposed to a much more structured form of learning. How then do I encourage a child's love of learning? By making learning fun! Each month a theme is presented. These themes are all based on things which interest children. During the month, many activities take place which help promote basic skills (letter & number recognition, color & shape recognition, large motor skills, small motor skills, etc.) and as many of these activities as possible center around the month's theme.
Many of the curriculum materials I have seem more like toys to the children, yet while the children are playing with them, they are learning important concepts. These materials are just like the ones found in "real" preschools -- the same quality, and made by a major company which makes materials that many larger schools purchase.
Field trips play an important part in our preschool curriculum, as they allow children to experience the world first-hand. Our field trips page tells where we've been (as well as where we are planning to go) and includes some great pictures!