Children can create! (217 out of 365) #blogaday

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.



Helpful or harmful? (215 out of 365) #blogaday

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…