We have a lot of teacher meetings or quick side convo's about what we hear the kids saying to one another or what we are observing in the classroom. So we can plan around the things that interest them. If we have several kids who like to head to the bathroom just to play in the water, seems to us we better plan for some water activities in the classroom! This is how we plan. It works for us.
We do pick themes and we do have certain letters, shapes, numbers and colors on our focus board every week.
If we notice a kid needs more cutting practice we add that to the lesson plans, in a way that works with the preselected theme.
Using a curriculum that is ever changing and based on the kids, ensures that everyone is getting what they need from us. We have a wide range of skill sets in our classrooms. From children who are just starting to learn their letters to kiddos who are already learning to read. We have to be able to plan things that will engage each student no matter their skill level.