I really want to try these with my kids! The bags are filled with things that make the children unique – items from home, favorite toys, pictures, etc. It is a fun way to get the kids to share about themselves without having to do posters. Bringing in objects that make you who you are, rather than a poster or just sharing pictures, will help me truly understand my students. There could be an assortment of things that they could bring! I am very excited by it 🙂 I am definitely going to share this with the Preschool and Kindergarten teachers as well!
I started working on my classroom’s website, and will be continuing on the weekend to get it ready for school on August 31! The title is called Pre-K playpen – I am very excited to set it up, and give the link to families to keep them up-to-date on what we are doing each week. It is crazy that I am making my class site!! My job is really coming together, and it is a nice transition with the fewer students in the summer at the moment. We will have a sturdy 15 every other day, and 12 children the other days. I’m looking forward to it 🙂
It is important to encourage children to enjoy reading! Children love to listen to reading, but when it comes to them actually reading the book, many find it difficult to get engaged. Reading is a great way to capture attention during rowdy times in the classroom. My students want to discuss the stories and what they think will happen next, which helps them with predictions. I have read the stories to them multiple times as well, so they know the books already.
It is interesting to see different books than the usual ones for going back to school – in a few weeks, it will be time to start the new year so I want to have books to calm kids down. Sorry for the multiple teaching tools, but my brain is somewhat mush!
After doing the faces with fruit, I want to do something with fruit and science. I didn’t look through everything on this website, but there were some good ideas that could be altered to have fruit with them!
Since our unit is food, I thought we should do something more hands-on, so we made faces out of fruit! The children had so much fun with their creativity and deciding which fruits for each part of their faces – some students added hands and legs or hats. They fed off each other for ideas, which I really liked 🙂 During centers, I called about five children over at a time so the group stayed small. The most exciting part for them was eating their faces 😮 One girl even told her mom the order of the steps (make the face, take a picture, eat it). I am glad at the success of the activity and strive to come up with more that are just as engaging!
This first week has really helped me grow in myself as an educator, and begin to come up with fun enhancements to lessons. It has been tiring with trying to keep attention of the children at times, but since this isn’t an actual school for them, they don’t have the same discipline. It was something I had to get used to, but if the children are starting to get antsy, the activity should just be stopped. I really enjoyed this first week as the sole teacher overall! I loved meeting more with the children and getting to know my coworkers – I can tell this will be a great environment to work in 🙂 I look forward to more memories!
It is important to let your students come up with the rules for the class, or summaries of what we did. At Kindercare, we write down the words that the children say during our “what we learned today” section – it is important for them to see the phrases that they said, and it allows them to increase their vocabulary. If the adults are always changing what the students write into more “sophisticated” language, it is not helping anyone.
I will be re-decorating my classroom soon, and this post about bulletin boards will help me with any difficulties! I won’t be rearranging where the boards are, but how to set up borders and arrange pictures will be useful. I’ll post photos of my before and after of the room!
There is a student who is learning English as a second language in my classroom, and the other kids are mostly helping her with vocabulary by asking her to say certain words that they use often like backpack, crayon, ball, etc. However, today, they started to say silly things to her or make fun of the fact she can’t say it properly. I will have to speak to them before school to explain that she doesn’t understand that they are joking – she just wants to make them happy and sometimes, they ask her to say things when it is disruptive to the lesson. It is interesting how something that started off as helpful to her is now becoming harmful…