Story time is enjoyed by preschoolers because the interpersonal connection between reader and listener and the imaginative stories written for this age group make sharing books fun. The kids are also reaping cognitive benefits, improving listening comprehension, developing reading readiness and broadening their vocabularies. A variety of approaches can keep preschoolers excited about and engaged in literature.
When toddlers enter preschool they should possess the skills and tools necessary to help them get along easily for a few hours without the presence of a parent or caregiver. While preschool teachers do not expect toddlers to cooperate or follow direction all of the time, children should be able to function within a group of classmates. According to the U.S. Department of Education publication, “Helping Your Preschool Child,” toddlers who begin preschool with skills such as confidence and independence will be better prepared to thrive socially, academically and emotionally.
The first day of preschool comes with mixed emotions for everyone, including your preschooler. Nothing is harder for mom or dad than hearing the cries and seeing the flood of tears that pours out of your little one as you drop him off for the first time. Though this is a difficult time to get through, you and your preschooler can overcome it with the right tools and techniques.
Preschools are full of children who learn as they play, but choosing the best educational environment for your preschooler is serious business. Several factors must be considered when choosing a preschool, including the curriculum, teaching style, school philosophy and physical environment. With a checklist of considerations, you can evaluate the safety and learning potential created by a preschool's physical surroundings.
Interactive lessons about animals active at night allow preschoolers to learn about nocturnal animals and insects that are active while most children are sleeping. Children will learn that nocturnal creatures have special features that help them to function best at night.
To learn in preschool, toddlers need to have reached a stage of cognitive development that is conducive to learning. The brains of children mature at differing rates and not all children will be ready for preschool at the same time. Toddlers who are struggling with learning may improve significantly after a year or more of additional development. Quality of preschool teachers, style of instruction and individual learning styles can all impact toddler learning.
In preschool art classes, students are taught about the use of color in the world and their teachers help them develop an understanding of using color in many forms. Children are given the opportunity to explore and experiment with color using a variety of materials, including paper, markers, pastels, crayons and paint.
Many parents consider delaying the start of kindergarten so their children can mature academically, socially and emotionally during an additional year of preschool. There is much controversy surrounding the issue, and preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers and parents may have varying opinions. Parents must weigh the benefits of an additional year of preschool against the disadvantages of starting kindergarten a year later.
The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a fun and exciting one but it requires patience and understanding. Five-year-olds are still in the process of learning how to interact socially and behave responsibly in a classroom setting. As a parent, you can help with the transition by taking time to talk with your child about all the upcoming changes and meet with preschool teachers to make sure your child is well-prepared for the adjustment.
Whether you are a parent who is looking at early education centers for your child or a professional who runs or is considering starting a preschool program, accreditation is often key to ensuring quality. The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the primary accrediting body for preschools. Although NAEYC is widely used and recognized as the gold standard for accreditation, some local or religious institutions -- for example, the Florida League of Christian Schools -- also follow a similar process.
The first day of preschool is a major milestone for both you and your child, but there are many things you can do to make the transition fun and exciting. With a bit of planning, you can reduce any anxiety, and your child will adjust and thrive.
The age-old art of storytelling has been capturing the imagination of audiences of all ages for centuries. In the preschool classroom, a well-told story keeps kids entertained while teaching valuable lessons, such as numbers, colors, or appropriate behavior. Incorporating props into story time encourages audience participation and keeps kids engaged in the story.
When you hear that first sniffle or cough, you're on alert to see if your toddler's minor symptoms develop into a full-blown cold -- or worse. When illness -- or the threat of illness -- occurs, you also wonder if you should keep your toddler home from preschool to prevent infection of her classmates. By understanding what conditions are potentially contagious, you can better assess your toddler's condition and determine if a day at home is in order as she recovers.
Making literature come alive for preschoolers is a great way to get those kids hooked on books as early as possible. Make literature come alive for preschoolers with help from the director of CHALK Preschool of Venice in this free video clip.
Making a pond ecosystem with preschoolers is a really hands on way to teach those kids about the environment. Make a pond ecosystem with preschoolers with help from the director of CHALK Preschool of Venice in this free video clip.
A great way to introduce clouds as a concept to young children is through the use of a fun story. Learn about making clouds for preschoolers with help from the co-founder of an organization that provides quality care and education to young children in this free video clip.
Not all snacks for preschoolers have to involve cooking. Find out about non cooking snacks for preschoolers with help from a nutrition counselor in this free video clip.
An anecdotal note is a valuable assessment of a child's development during preschool years. These notes can contain text and pictures, detailing the daily activities of the children and observations at school by the teachers. In this way, the anecdotes can record specific milestones, skills attained, and the progression or digression of certain skills. By keeping an accurate, effective and informative record of a child's actions, behaviors and speech, teachers can monitor the learning process of the child and share observations with the parents.
Preschoolers prepare for kindergarten by not only building academic skills, but also meeting expectations for proper behavior. Children will sometimes act out to test these behavioral standards. When this happens, parents and educators must acknowledge and discuss the inappropriate behaviors with them. Approaching these discussions in the wrong manner might build walls between children and adults. By using the proper techniques for talking with preschoolers about behavior, teachers will guide them on a positive learning path.
Hanukkah, also called the "festival of lights" is an important Jewish holiday lasting a total of eight days. The holiday takes place in celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Israel. For preschoolers, learning about Hanukkah is important as it helps to open their eyes to different cultures and different traditions. The learning process can be both fun and educational depending on how it's looked at.
Your preschoolers love a well-defined schedule; it makes them feel safe. According to Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, a good daily schedule includes a balance of large and small group activity, indoor and outdoor time, active and quite time, and child-directed and teacher-directed activities. As part of a high-quality environment, you can make a durable visual schedule that helps your young learners understand the daily plan.
Centers are an important part of any preschool classroom because they give your students many opportunities to learn new things in a variety of different ways. Putting your centers any place in the classroom will not have a maximum effect on your preschoolers' ability to learn. Instead, carefully consider how you divide your centers and what you place in each area. This approach to creating educational centers will help you consider the needs of your students, encourage creativity based on their interests and allow you to assess the progress of each of your preschoolers.
Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, as the saying goes, there's more than way to teach preschoolers about skin. Whether it be from the perspective of science, social studies or the environment, skin serves us every day and has multiple uses and properties that young children can be made aware of. Teach your preschoolers all about the wonders of skin using a variety of lesson ideas that will have them "itching" for more.
Preschoolers need to be kept entertained, and they can be quite picky when it comes down to what they deem as enjoyable. For this reason, it is wise that you take your time to choose a variety of interesting and educational activities that your preschooler can take part in, whether it be in the classroom, the outdoors or the comfort of home.
Teaching the youngest of students, primarily the preschool age set, about the dangers and issues surrounding bullying is a complex task. Young children are just beginning to express individuality and learning the skills associated with socialization. Bullying is an issue which permeates through all ages. Because of the need to nip bullying habits early on, preschool students require lessons to help teach what bullying is, why the matter is inappropriate and how bullying can be prevented. Though reading books and having open discussions is a start, incorporating additional activities into lesson plans will help to further drive the message and…
Before they enter kindergarten, preschool students are introduced to several concepts to help prepare them for future learning in kindergarten. One of these concepts is knowing the difference between left and right. Using fun activities can help children understand and remember how to tell the difference between right and left.
Preschoolers love dress-up play, for Halloween and beyond. Help them to honor first responders by assembling a firefighter's outfit with authentic details. Of course, this miniature version doesn't provide protection from heat, as real turnout gear does, but you can discuss the differences and the functions of the real gear with your preschooler.
Preschoolers often hit because they don’t know how else to handle feelings of anger, or because they’ve seen other people hitting and think it’s an acceptable thing to do. Letting this behavior go uncorrected will teach children that hitting is not a problem, so it’s important to not turn a blind eye to hitting and other aggressive behaviors.
"ESL," which stands for English as a second language, is an English language study program designed for nonnative speakers. The earlier ESL is introduced, the better. Preschoolers are at the age where they soak up information quickly. There are various ways that you can help ESL preschoolers. The goal is to build and strengthen their English speaking skills so that they can understand and speak English more fluently as they grow older. Helping ESL preschoolers can become easier with a few basic tips.
Enrolling your child in preschool has many benefits; it socializes young children and exposes them to activities that train the brain to learn. Some benefits, however, can last long into adulthood. In 2011, the research journal "Science" published a long-term study regarding the effects of school-based early childhood education following more than 1,500 Chicago children conducted over several decades. It suggests that laying this early foundation for success helps a child become a more productive member of society.
A preschool for toddlers exposes young children, between the ages of two and five, to a social environment with educational influences. Toddler preschools introduce kids to academic lessons, such as basic counting and the alphabet, while providing parents with a safe place for their kids to go during work hours. If you are interested in opening a preschool for toddlers, familiarize yourself with what is required of you so that you have a properly licensed facility to operate.
Young children are endlessly fascinated by dinosaurs. They capture children's imagination for a number of reasons, including their size, shape and their powerful-sounding names such as Tyrannosaurus Rex. Children also enjoy the fantasy quality and the fact that they lived in a world without man. Dinosaurs represent a dangerous, hidden era and preschoolers enjoy learning about the creatures from the safety of their home or classroom.
Effective preschool curriculum implementation gives the young children the best opportunity to learn new skills and concepts. Preschoolers learn through hands-on interaction with objects, especially when the learning concepts relate to ideas the kids already know. While preschool curriculum guides lay out the lesson plans, the way the preschool teacher implements them affects what the children learn.
Preschool children are still developing an awareness of the world around them and the sensibility to know how it affects them. Therefore, preschool lessons on pedestrians help young children understand the many dangers present on the street. Working with real objects found in and around streets and walking areas draws connections in children's minds between street sights and sounds and the safe behavioral responses.
Preschoolers are between 3 and 4 years old, an age when you should be teaching them behaviors that will prepare them for kindergarten. Since they also are at an age when they are learning autonomy, preschoolers often test the boundaries adults set for them. Educating yourself and setting clear behavior expectations will help you support preschoolers as they mature into respectful, healthy young people.
Alliteration is the repeated use of the same sound to begin a word. The strategic use of alliteration can help a preschooler develop better sound recognition skills. Sound recognition and matching sounds to certain letters are essential steps in learning to read. Alliteration can be turned into a fun game for children. Teachers and parents can make use of alliteration strategies to help preschoolers begin to learn to read.
Friendships give children the opportunity to play and participate in fun activities. Additionally, friendships provide important groundwork for later success in school, according to Auburn University associate professor Jacquelyn Mize and Auburn assistant professor Ellen Abell. Lessons for preschoolers include building skills necessary for making friends, including sharing, empathy and cooperation. Using appropriate age-level abilities and interests of preschool children helps them to improve their skills and success in forming friendships.
Transitioning from one lessons to another in a preschool classroom can be a chaotic experience. Children may become confused when it's time to end one activity and begin another, or they may be so engrossed in the current activity that they don't want to transition into a new one. Make transitions as smooth as possible using engaging strategies that clearly let children know one lesson is ending and another one is beginning.
Thermometers are not often used at the preschool level. Reading thermometers may be a bit tricky for 3 and 4-year-olds, but children this age are capable of understanding the basic concept of a thermometer. Preschoolers can develop an understanding that when the reading on a thermometer is high, it is warmer, and when it is low, it is colder. Children may be familiar with thermometers in regard to fevers. Preschool teachers can talk about both uses of a thermometer to incorporate science lessons into a classroom.
Cain and Abel may seem like a difficult lesson to teach to small children, as its subject is murder between brothers, but it deals with themes familiar to any preschooler -- jealousy, anger and fear of punishment. It’s a serious story and should be treated seriously, but calmly and without undue drama. Focus on the attitudes of Cain and Abel, and what the children can learn about their own attitudes.
Found in Genesis 11:19 in the Old Testament, the story of the Tower of Babel describes the descendants of Noah’s sons who were instructed by God to spread across the world. Before they dispersed, the people decided to build a city and tower that would touch Heaven. God, unhappy with their rebellion, halted the building of the tower by having each speak a different language so that they could not communicate to finish building. Lessons and activities help preschoolers learn about the moral of the story of the Tower of Babel and include building, playacting and musical lessons.
The average age for children to enter kindergarten is five and a half, although there are certainly exceptions to the rule. Most school districts base readiness for kindergarten on the child's birthday and whether he fulfills the residency requirement. While the standards for entry aren't standard from one district to another, educators do have specific skills that are ideal for a child to know before he enters school.
Almost every child born and raised in a predominately Christian country has heard the Bible story of Noah’s Ark. Even some children of other religious disciplines are familiar with the story. Noah, an obedient man to the Christian God, was promised that he and his family would be spared from the great flood because of his obedience. God commanded Noah to build an ark and bring two of each animal on the planet to his ark for safety. The flood lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah sent doves out into the world to investigate. The first one returned…
The winter landscape presents an opportunity to teach preschoolers about snow. While preschoolers will enjoy playing in real snow, when the weather is too cold, you can bring winter inside by having the students create pretend snowballs that can be used to decorate the classroom or taken home to show off to parents. There are a number of different snowball art projects preschoolers can make depending on skill level and supplies available.
Old 2-liter bottles do not have to be garbage, or even recycling. You can give them a second life by transforming them into the basis for a variety of experiments that are easy enough for a preschooler to participate in. You can use 2-liter bottles with other readily available materials to create vivid audio and visual demonstrations of principles of acoustics, fluid dynamics, chemical reactions and ecological balance in a form that even preschoolers can readily understand and find fascinating.
Around the preschool age, young children are beginning to notice the differences between themselves and others. Many of these differences are easily visible, such as hair color, eye color and height. One of the physical aspects that serve as a way to differentiate one person from another without a doubt is fingerprints. Your preschooler may hear you tell her to stop leaving her fingerprints on everything, but she probably doesn't really know what they are or what purpose they serve.
Preschool children are just learning how to assert their independence. While their behavior is appropriate for their age, it can sometimes have a negative affect on the classroom and the other children around them. When preschool behaviors become disruptive to other children or may harm the child, it is time to step in and put a stop to them. There are several ways to approach misbehavior in a preschool classroom. Not all methods will work for all children, so be prepared to try a few different approaches before finding what works for your classroom and your students.
Playing outside in the rain can be a lot more fun with a flashy poncho, especially if you can make your own in preschool. Decorating a poncho is a great way to introduce the topic of weather and offers students an opportunity to be creative. The ponchos are also useful, which helps to encourage parents when you need donations for supplies.
In cultures throughout the world, music and movement are used to engage people in social interaction and to teach through song and dance. Because preschoolers are especially receptive to music and crave nearly constant movement, activities that incorporate music and movement are effective ways teachers can strengthen a number of skills. Utilizing music and movement can teach preschool children a range of skills including social interaction and learning to recognize shapes.
A preschool is an institution attended by children who are not yet of school-going age. The programs at such schools combine simple learning with play and other activities. Schedules, activities and programs vary across different preschools. Day care centers and early childhood centers are other names for preschools. There are several national requirements that have to be met by the management of a preschool before it can obtain a license.
Taking the time to read quality children's literature to preschoolers has been found to benefit them in many ways. Not only does it provide quality bonding time with a parent or adult and foster a love of books, but data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education) shows it also creates a strong foundation for developing valuable learning skills which lead to a higher success rate in school.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) trains and utilizes preschool assessors to perform site visits to programs seeking NAEYC certification. A preschool assessor travels to program locations and uses a broad range of observations, evaluations and other procedures to gather information about the functioning of the children in the program and about their environments. Techniques used include screening procedures, standardized tests, interviews, teacher ratings, reviews of records and evaluation of work samples. The immediate goal of the preschool assessor's activities is to determine if the program meets certification standards.The ultimate goal is the improvement of both…
Preschool teachers should plan a curriculum for the year that engages students in age-appropriate activities that will help them develop skills necessary for kindergarten and beyond. Preschool aged children should be developing early literacy skills, number recognition, fine and gross motor planning and social and emotional knowledge. Many preschool teachers choose to build their curriculum around monthly or weekly themes that their lessons can be planned around. Sample themes include weather, butterflies, nursery rhymes, occupations, insects and farms.
Knowing which methods of discipline are effective is crucial to reducing unwanted behavior. Preschool-age children are able to follow simple commands as well as understand the basics of right and wrong. At the same time, preschoolers often test limits and boundaries to see what they're able to get away with. Most parents have differing views when it comes to preschool discipline.
Preschoolers often have a wide variety of skills to master as they prepare for school. When your child needs a little motivation or incentive, make a reward system for preschoolers to give them a little push in the right direction. Your system need not be fancy or expensive -- kids this age usually have simple expectations that you can meet easily.
Galileo invented two types of thermometers that you can make and explore with your preschool students. These are excellent projects for introducing the idea of invention to young children. Build a unit around showing them the thermometers, and encouraging them to make their own inventions. It also works well during a weather lesson.
As technology further integrates into everyday life, many teachers now turn to computers to enhance their lesson plans. Computers are appearing even in classrooms for children as young as 3 and 4 years old. When implementing computer technology into a preschool classroom, you must consider certain factors, including physical placement and the software installed on the computer.
Preschoolers have a natural interest in colors and patterns and teaching them about the basics of color couldn't be easier. All you need are a few bottles of food coloring, some water and a few other household items and you're good to go.
A submarine bathtub is a project that your preschool class can work on together during the week you teach them about submarines and underwater adventures. A submarine bathtub in your preschool classroom is not for children to bathe in. Rather, keep the tub empty, and let preschoolers sit inside it, so that they can imagine what it is like to navigate and ride in a submarine.
Education administrators such as preschool directors develop academic programs, supervise staff and establish school policies. Because preschools are typically smaller than other schools, a preschool director will often serve as the only administrator. Many preschool directors first became teachers before becoming administrators. If this describes you, you may have already fulfilled the education requirements for certification. Depending on your state, you may also need a certain amount of work experience or credentialing for preschool director certification.
The story of Daniel in the lion's den teaches Christians that they must stay strong, even when they are persecuted for their faith in God. It teaches that those who continue to stand up for God will be protected. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions for praying to the Lord, because the king had said it was against the law to pray to anyone except him. Daniel was left overnight in the den, but he was not harmed because Jesus had sent angels to protect Daniel from being eaten by lions.
Eighty percent of America's pumpkins are produced in October. This festive month also inspires many interesting crafts for preschool children to appreciate autumn and anticipate Halloween. Preschool teachers can integrate fundamental preschool skills, while providing students with seasonal experiences using pumpkins. Creating different types of pumpkin mosaics will allow children to stimulate their senses, express creativity and have a positive learning experience.
Many parents worry that their children will encounter a dangerous situation involving water, especially preschoolers who are often too young to know how to swim. Put your mind at ease and entertain children by teaching them some basic properties of physics, such as density and buoyancy, as well as water safety with simple lessons on sinking and floating.
Whether you are teaching a Sunday school class of preschoolers, a daycare group, or your own children, using object lessons or art activities will help reinforce the concept of forgiveness. Explain the importance of forgiving others or how God forgives wrongdoing. It just might be a lesson that helps them throughout the rest of their lives.
Working in a preschool requires the patience and ability to communicate with kids under the age of 6. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 455,000 preschool teaching jobs nationwide in 2008, and more than 540,000 jobs are projected for the year 2018. The bureau also reported that as of 2008 the median wage for a preschool teacher was just under $24,000 annually.
You have 20 very active, curious and sometimes hyper preschoolers in your classroom. After exhausting the themes in September and October of fall, leaves changing and harvest time, it seems that these themes will just have to be spread out through November until you can start in on the Thanksgiving and Christmas themes. There are more themes in November than just Thanksgiving and fall.
The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a cornerstone event in a young child's education. A Preschool teacher's goal is to prepare her students for the start of a full-time school career by arming them with basic academic knowledge and social skills by the end of the final preschool year.
If you've ever discussed an upcoming trip with a preschooler, you know their concept of time and calendars are fluid at best. While 4-year-old children have the cognitive capability to understand past, present and future, they cannot understand phrases like, "in three days from now." According to the National Center for the Education of Young Children, you can teach the names of months and days of the week to preschool age children, but attaching meaning to such words requires visual creativity.
If you're noticing aggressive behavior in your preschooler, you may be at a loss as to how to handle it. It's important to nip the behavior in the bud at a young age, so the child doesn't grow to be an aggressive teen or young adult. Some strategies can help you deal with the situation efficiently and effectively.
Whether you are studying insects with your preschoolers or you want to use a craft that reflects something with which young children are familiar, making a lady bug can be entertaining and educational. To introduce preschoolers to the creatures, capture some outside to study what they look like. You can also use pictures if real lady bugs are unavailable. Focus on how each one is different, just like your preschoolers.
Whether a parent or teacher, a rambunctious preschooler proves difficult to handle. If he's riled up, he may not be interested in doing the activities or events you have planned for him, leading to a potential struggle or temper tantrum. Effectively calming him before a tantrum occurs helps keep him and other children focused, while providing a calm environment for learning or activity.
Vowels are letters of the alphabet that include A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. Teaching preschoolers to understand and recognize vowels is important in preparing the preschoolers for reading and encouraging phonic awareness. Preschool teachers can use many lessons to provide students with a basic understanding of vowels.
It's a familiar scene: you see two preschoolers shrieking, "it's MIIIIINE," as though they were struggling over the last cup of water in the Sahara. Even if your preschooler understands the logistics of sharing, like taking turns or playing together, she's still developing the empathy necessary for the concept of sharing to resonate. Preschoolers are also still learning impulse control, and what seems like an unpopular toy can quickly become the impetus of World War III without proper instruction and resolution.
There are two oppositional ideas in education about teaching children the difference between reality and fantasy. Education experts do agree, however, that preschool children sometimes have difficulties in discerning the difference between reality and fantasy. It is important for both parents and preschool teachers to understand how they can use simple exercises to help build a young child's ability to distinguish between what is real and what is not.
Head Start and state standards specify that activities designed to enhance listening comprehension are crucial for preparing children to enter school. Teachers should individualize the activities. Activities used initially should be easier than those used later, and activities used with younger or less developed children should be easier than those used with older or better developed children. Aim for a level of difficulty that ranges from comfortable to challenging for everyone.
Teaching attentiveness to children early is extremely important to their continued success in school settings. The ability to pay attention to something for an extended period of time translates to the ability to focus on long homework assignments and dedicate all of one’s attention to a particular task in school or even at work. Concentration and attention usually does not come naturally to preschoolers, but with some help from you, your kid can start learning the basics of attentiveness as early as his preschool years.
Preschoolers see the world as a place of wonder waiting to be explored, but they don’t recognize all the dangers everywhere around them. Teaching preschoolers about safety helps prepare them for the day when they have more independence. Children this age may be able to recite safety rules, but they can rarely apply them in real situations. They also lack proper judgment of speed, distance and height. Although they think they are “big kids,” preschoolers still need your guidance and supervision to stay safe.
Preschool children are growing at a rapid pace and need around 12 to 13 hours of sleep per day. This is usually broken up by a short nap of about an hour in the middle of the day. This boosts their energy levels in the afternoon and helps with their general development. However, it can sometimes be difficult to persuade a preschool child to take a nap, but there are a number of techniques that can help.
Preschool can be expensive, but many people feel it is necessary to prepare their children for kindergarten. A preschool may be part-time or full-time and have children attend all day or part of a day. Preschool tuition may qualify under dependent care expenses if your situation warrants it. There are strict guidelines surrounding the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Any credit above what you owe in taxes is not refundable.
Children are surrounded by shapes. They see and touch two and three-dimensional shapes everywhere, from floor tiles to beach balls and more. Preschool children need opportunities to notice and identify shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Active experiences with these shapes help children later in school when doing math problems and geometry. Shapes can be explored through games, stories, cooking, art and even outdoor play.
Some preschool children can easily socialize with other children in class, while others become shy in social situations. Instead of playing games with their peers, they prefer to sit in the corner by themselves. If your preschooler is shy, understand that there is likely nothing wrong with him. However, you can use several strategies to help him with his shyness so that he feels more comfortable in social situations.
Ponds boast a diversity of life-forms to share with preschoolers. Find a pond within walking distance of your school and take a nature walk to discover the many wonderful plants and animals that live in these small, shallow bodies of water.
Children are born capable of adapting to the constructive and destructive stimuli of their environment. Just as sharing, empathy and tenacity are skills adults must teach young children, so is delaying gratification and exercising patience in the face of temptation. Children who learn these skills through practicing delayed gratification strategies can distract themselves from temptation and work toward a long-term goal, even if, in their mind, "long term" means 10 minutes.
Helping your preschooler develop strong organizational skills early on will serve her well for the rest of her life. Maintain a gentle approach that lets her in on the decisions and goals while setting clear boundaries and patterns for her to follow. Be willing to go slowly, practicing one habit at a time until it becomes natural.
Children develop crucial speech and language skills in the preschool years. Although all children reach milestones at a different rate, you can expect your preschooler to meet the guidelines in a predictable order. If you feel that your preschooler is significantly delayed in meeting speech and language milestones, speak with his pediatrician to explore options for early intervention.
The main purpose of preschool is to introduce children to socialization and prepare them for kindergarten. But there are still some basic academic concepts taught, including lessons on traffic lights. Traffic lessons are usually given during a safety week, but they can really be taught any time of the year.
Lessons about elephants are a natural choice for preschoolers. Children that age have usually seen an elephant and are curious about their size, and especially how they use their trunks. Keep each lesson short, so it matches their relatively short attention spans, and make it interactive so the children are involved and having fun.
We learn how to define and characterize elements of our surroundings through the five senses. The brain gathers and develops information whenever we have a sensory experience and this is an essential part of the learning process. Feeling, hearing, tasting, seeing and smelling firsthand, preschoolers learn to compare and classify their surroundings from multiple perspectives. Sensory lessons teach preschoolers different methods for evaluating their surroundings by presenting familiar objects in a new way.
Often costing hundreds of dollars per month, preschool tuition is expensive. However, children who go to preschool get the benefit of preparing for kindergarten, while parents can use the "time off" to work. Luckily, you can usually offset some preschool expense by claiming the tuition on your taxes as a childcare expense. However, there are some cases in which you can't write off your child's preschool tuition.
In addition to creating lesson plans that instill core concepts and ideas that prepare children for kindergarten, preschool teachers must also assess and document the progress and development of their students. While children of this age are not yet ready for formal testing to evaluate their performance, you can use informal assessment techniques to monitor their growth. A portfolio is an ideal form of assessment for this age group, as it enables you to collect data over the course of the year through concrete representations of work and activities.
Preschool children have short attention spans so choosing an activity that helps them learn while playing can help to keep them engaged. Children at this age also like to move, laugh and be sociable. An activity that contains these elements will keep their interest while they absorb new information.
In Pennsylvania, early childhood curricula focus on children from birth to eight years old, which includes the preschool age group. During this period, learning activities are altered according to the developmental needs of a child and determined by the Pennsylvania Standards for Learning, which include national guidelines set forth in the Head Start Performance Program. Curricula used in Pennsylvania are required to meet these guidelines.
A preschool classroom is the ideal forum to teach children about the power of telling the truth. In preschool many children learn how to cooperate and share with others. Preschoolers in turn teach others about the consequences of lying and the importance of honesty. Lessons about not lying rely on storytelling, games and creative expression.
Keeping preschoolers interested in academic material is imperative to teaching a successful lesson. Young children need a variety of activities to reinforce a specific academic skill and coming up with a enough topics and themes to teach academic concepts can be difficult. One theme you can use in your preschool classroom to meet this purpose is sports and sporting equipment.
The official behavioral goals for preschoolers differ from program to program, but all early childhood educators should be aiming at certain age-appropriate milestones. Behavioral goals have more to do with social development than intellectual development. Beginning each preschool term with clear behavioral goals in mind will help you to equip each child in your class with the emotional tools he needs to thrive in the next grade levels.
As a parent, it is likely that you find it hard to get your preschooler to concentrate on a task for a steady length of time. It is not unnatural for preschoolers to possess such short focus times. It is possible to lengthen the attention span of your preschooler using different strategies. Instilling the habit of paying attention to a task is something of value that you give your preschooler as he gets ready to enter the world of academics.
Thematic units aid preschoolers in connecting academic material across the curriculum. Fragmented teaching lacks this benefit, and therefore it is important to teach in a thematic manner within your preschool classroom. Including multicultural themes affords your students the benefit of learning about many different people and places around the world.
Painting and creating with crayons are fantastic ways to interact with children in the preschool age group. Scratchboards combine the fun of coloring with crayons with the thrill of scratching away a dark layer of paint to reveal a colorful base. You only need a few basic craft store essentials to create affordable, safe and unique scratchboards with preschoolers. Some adult supervision is required for the painting process, to avoid large messes.
Monsters can be scary to many preschoolers. According to author Tracy Edmunds of "Preschool Activities: Explorations, Circles, Centers," you can create a friendly monster craft to teach young children about facing fears. Make a monster template for a preschool project by using children's storybooks. Then use the craft as a way to discuss specific fears and how some fears are good, such as a fear of a growling dog.
Crafts are an ideal way for preschoolers to learn about new subjects and to work on their fine motor skills. According to Anna Reyner in Early Childhood News, preschoolers learn how to solve problems and improve their spatial relations with a craft activity. Preschoolers will love making turtles from paper egg cartons, a craft that repurposes materials that would otherwise be thrown away and an activity that improves their coordination and overall cognitive development.
Mainstreaming at the preschool level offers positive and negative outcomes based on the school system and your child. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as IDEA, all students have the right to a free, public education in the least restrictive environment. To mainstream preschoolers, parents of students with disabilities discuss all options with their child and education officials and work with the child until deciding on the appropriate placement so that the child's full potential can be achieved.
Getting children to nap on a regular schedule is one of the toughest challenges faced by parents. Preschoolers in particular, aren't going to take a daytime nap even if they're really sleepy, especially when they are overstimulated. According to Dr. Judith Owens, director of the pediatric sleep disorders clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital, in Providence, Rhode Island, kids typically start to give up napping between the ages of 30 and 36 months of age. With the right approach, it's still possible to make naps happen in a snap.
While preschool may seem like unregulated mayhem to the naked eye, the preschool experience provides your child with some important lessons. Preschool has a curriculum designed to guide and educate your child just as any other school he will attend. Some of the curriculum deals with matters of intellect, while other parts deal with interaction and physical development.
Impulsive behavior is a common problem with young children, especially when a condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is involved. Impulsive children tend to have difficulties managing impulses, leading to many potentially negative behaviors. These behaviors can include anything from snatching toys away from other preschoolers to extreme restlessness. Help your preschool child learn to think before he takes action.
While outer space fascinates most children, preschoolers -- with their inquisitive minds -- devour knowledge about all things fantastical. Finding the right balance between keeping your preschool class interested and bombarding kids with facts can prove quite difficult. Most preschool children have seen the "Toy Story" movie series, so teachers could use pictures of Buzz Lightyear in his spacesuit and helmet to explain that space has no air for humans to breathe.
Although preschool children navigate their world using their senses, they need sense activities that encourage them to fully utilize their senses. Sense activities isolate one sense, such as hearing, to teach preschoolers to recognize their world based on one sense, not all senses. In hearing lessons, you isolate a child's sense of hearing to teach the child to recognize sounds in the environment.
Preschoolers may become shy or frightened when they are in new settings and encounter groups of children for the first time. For some preschoolers, it is the first time they have ever been away from their parents. Once children become acquainted with other preschoolers in the group, they are less timid. Implement a lesson plan with activities that help ease preschoolers' transition into a new environment and make new friends.
Preschoolers are fascinated by the world and its many creatures. They learn by seeing, touching, smelling, manipulating and responding to various stimuli. Include a variety of hands-on, exploratory activities in your lessons about amphibians. Allow children to share personal experiences related to amphibians or take a field trip to a local pond to catch frogs. Encourage children to role play, becoming frogs and salamanders during free time, or set up a pond habitat in the classroom complete with real frogs or salamanders.
The purpose of a storyboard for your preschool classroom is clearly different from what storyboards are typically used for, namely, to sketch out the sequence of scenes in a movie. The storyboards in the classroom can be used to offer young children a visual representation of a story that is being told, enabling them to better understand the story themes and lessons.
There are thousands of grasshopper species, ranging from big and colorful to tiny and brown. Grasshoppers are known for their unique "singing," which occurs when males rub their wings and legs together to keep away competition for mates. Grasshoppers are known as great jumpers and some species can even fly.
Preschoolers are often fascinated by space, the planets, rocket ships and astronauts. Use these interests to teach important preschool skills such as the alphabet, cutting and gluing by planning an astronaut craft project. You won't need any special equipment or materials for this project. In fact, you'll probably find all of the tools necessary right in your classroom craft closet. The "A is for Astronaut" project can also be used to decorate your preschool classroom for a space-themed week.
Preschool provides many children with an education in early literacy skills. Most preschool teachers spend a lot of time introducing the names and sounds of the alphabet to their students. They must master these skills before they can read. Preschool teachers need to use variety of activities that will hold children's attention while they learn and practice letter recognition.
Fear of nighttime or darkness is one of the most common fears among young, preschool-aged children. Many frightening experiences can trigger this fear, such as watching a movie with depictions of monsters or hearing a ghost story, a traumatic external situation such as divorce or death in the family, or simply an overactive imagination. While fear of nighttime can often be a strong and persistent fear, you can help your child learn to relax and feel more at ease in the dark.
At preschool age it is important that children have a vocabulary that allows them to function properly in an educational and social environment. However, every child will have specific needs, as well as gaps in his vocabulary that other children do not have. These differences should be taken into account. Teachers, carers and parents should listen to and observe preschoolers to note areas in which they may need assistance.
Identification tags allow all members of the faculty and staff to easily recognize students and learn their names. Creating ID tags at the beginning of the school year also allows young students to learn the names of fellow classmates while working on their reading skills. Identification tags for preschoolers do not have to be an expensive or time-consuming task. They can be made easily just by using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
Teachers give patriotic lessons at different times during the year in preschool, such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Patriot Day on Sept. 11. Crafts, story time and other activities with a patriotic theme help children be proud of their country and learn about history. Mix and match activities according to the age of your preschool class and remember to keep the activities easy and short.
A preschooler is in the beginning stages of learning social interaction and communication, but even at an early age, these are important tools that he uses to absorb information. A 3- to 4-year-old child also has energy to burn, so use group activities that incorporate movement and games to teach lessons. Both these methods are complemented by a structured schedule that includes a daily nap and a snack.
Pinwheels are beautiful, hand-held crafts that are ideal to make with preschoolers. Kids can create pinwheels in many different designs or with a specific theme. To make pinwheels with preschoolers, you need only a few supplies and some patience, because preschoolers will need help with this activity. The easiest way to make a pinwheel is by starting with a pinwheel template. These are available through many websites, including DLTK (dltk-holidays.com).
A curriculum about manners is a lesson that will stick with preschoolers for the rest of their life. When teaching your preschoolers about manners, prepare a variety of activities for them to do to teach them about manners in a fun way. Starting young and being consistent can make preschoolers respectful and polite for many years to come.
Children who get an early start learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet generally have a learning advantage compared to those who do not. Letters and letter combinations make up the sounds of spoken language. By learning these sounds and combinations early, children develop vital skills better preparing them to learn to read. Many learning programs, such as Montessori education, suggest introducing sounds phonetically rather than in alphabetical order. Many educators also suggest to begin familiarizing the child with the first letter from their own name and its associated sound. There are several helpful tools to help pre-schoolers learn…
Thanksgiving is a much-anticipated holiday for young children as it typically means a day filled with good food and fun among family and friends. The holiday is one that is steeped in tradition, so begin teaching preschoolers about its origins by incorporating a variety of facts into your classroom activities in the days and weeks leading up to the big celebration.
Preschool students use their five senses to explore the world around them and learn new things. Help students learn about sight, sound, touch, taste and smell with a series of activities related to food and the kitchen. Each activity will highlight how foods are experienced using some or all of the five senses.
Preschoolers are undergoing a variety of changes, while learning new life and coping skills daily. Some preschoolers handle transitions -- or changes -- better than others. Preschoolers will deal with all three transition types: between activities, such as reading time to play time; changing settings, such as leaving home to go to school; and programs, such as leaving preschool to start kindergarten. There are steps you can take, whether you're the preschooler's parent or teacher, to help him transition easier.
Excellent educational habits begin in the early years. Consider enrolling your child in a preschool program that provides early-childhood educational classes in order to support kindergarten readiness and promote early literacy. When a child is enrolled in preschool, it enhances his social development and independence. In addition, children who attend preschool have the opportunity to enhance pre-reading and math skills, as well as receive long-term educational benefits.
At least 1.5 million individuals in America are living with autism. Autism diagnoses increase at the rate of 50 per day. As of 2008, the Centers for Disease Control announced that autism had increased by a multiplier of 10 over the last 10 years. Soon, autism will affect more Americans than any other disability. For those affected by autism, entering a program for treatment geared toward their learning style and interests while they are still extremely young can significantly improve their academic and vocational prospects.
During the preschool years, children are still discovering the delights of cause and effect. Knocking over a tower of blocks makes a gratifying crash, and the taller the tower, the bigger the noise and the farther the blocks scatter. Finger paint smeared onto paper creates glorious patterns, and seems to be equally effective for "decorating" clothing. Along with a desire to create their own special effects, preschool children also have an innate curiosity about how things work, a trait that parents and teachers should nurture. A lava-spewing papier-mache volcano is perfect for preschoolers, who enjoy the building process almost as…
Your preschooler doesn't understand why Mommy and Daddy are no longer together. He may see your new partner as competition and become angry and resentful at that person. Put yourself in your child's shoes. Understand that the situation is hard for him. He may be scared he will lose your love. You must properly prepare your child for the introduction to your partner so that he feels safe and secure in your love.
Preschoolers are full of energy and curiosity. They want you to tell them how and why things work while they run around or play. Despite their short attention span, preschoolers soak up knowledge. Teaching the kids in an engaging manner is the simple part of being a teacher. Making a lesson planner filled with the curriculum the kids need to learn, as well as detailed instructions is almost as difficult as retaining the kids' attention. Creating a lesson planner for preschoolers is no different than creating a lesson planner for any other grade.
From mini meltdowns to major tantrums, handling an unhappy preschooler can be a challenging proposition. Whether you are an early childhood educator dealing with a classroom of crying kids or a parent looking for a way to get your little one to smile again, a little attention and some simple discussion can help smooth over the young child's behavior. Get ready to turn that frown upside down and learn how to turn around your preschooler's bad mood.
Maximize your students' learning potential by creating an exceptional learning environment in your preschool room. The keys to success in any preschool classroom are creativity, organization and, most of all, a fun learning environment that makes children want to be there. Maximizing the Involvement of both your students and their parents will also help you make the most of the educational environment.
Blubber is the fat layer beneath the skin of many sea animals, such as whales, sea lions and penguins, that helps keep them warm in frigid weather. A blubber experiment not only serves the educational needs of your preschooler, but also gives a practical hands-on experience that a preschooler loves.
Making handicrafts with kindergarten and preschool children is an entertaining way to reinforce themes from your daily lessons. It also helps students' development by exercising motor skills and creative expression. Keep basic crafting materials on hand in your classroom for spontaneous handicraft sessions, or plan your crafts in advance for some focused projects to help demonstrate concepts you're covering in class.
According to pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, it is normal for preschool children to attempt to control their parents in order to get what they want. He says that children are trying out their wings and attempting to learn their parents' limits. Unless the parents overreact, the preschooler's attempts at manipulation are not considered insidious. Dr. Brazelton recommends that parents should allow their children to manipulate them occasionally. The ability to manipulate people to get what you want is a good skill for children to learn. At times you will want to set boundaries, though. In those cases, you need…
Stir up your child's creative juices at an early age. Make a birdcage with the papier-mache method. The translation of papier-mache to English means chewed paper, which describes the method accurately. Papier-mache glue is made from a mixture of flour and water. It is non-toxic and safe for children to use. For this project, yard is substituted for paper.
Nature is an enchanted wonderland for the creative minds of many kids. Preschoolers are full of wonder and curiosity about their surroundings. The outdoors is an excellent learning ground to teach preschoolers about some of nature's animals. Searching for colorful butterflies, interesting insects and bird's nests can connect them with the outdoors. Teach your preschoolers about birds by taking them outside to observe birds and look for materials to build a bird's nest for a school craft project.
By the age of 3 to 4, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a child should speak in sentences of more than four words and be easily understood by both parents and strangers. There are several reasons why preschoolers are not speaking, from shyness to a learning deficit. Finding the cause and helping your silent preschooler is accomplished both at the doctor's office and at home.
Exploration of the five senses is often a focus of preschool curriculum, including the sense of sight. To help children gain an understanding of the sense of sight, present them with interactive activities that utilize this vital sense.
Preschool music lessons are an important part of a preschooler's daily routine. Songs and rhymes help children learn the patterns of the English language. Identifying these patterns will make it easier for them to learn how to read. It is also important to teach students how to move to music. Dancing and moving to music will teach them about tempos, rhythms and ascending and descending patterns.
Moving to a new house is a highly stressful life experience, and if you must move with a preschooler, that adds another layer to the stress. Small children dislike change, have trouble understanding the reasons for moving and might feel sad about leaving their friends and familiar places. By taking proper steps to ease the transition for your preschooler, you can increase the odds of a positive experience for you and your child.
Every person's actions have consequences, both good and bad. The sooner a child can tie his actions to the effects they cause, the sooner he can develop a more mature understanding of the world around him. Preschoolers may not be able to grasp the intricacies of human behavior and its effect on the world, but they can begin to understand the basics with a few simple lessons. Once children have a basic grasp on cause and effect, it will be easier to build that knowledge into something more complex.
Fine motor skills are one of the most essential aspects of preschool education. Toddlers must learn to control the tiny muscles in their fingers to complete intricate tasks such as writing letters. Preschool should prepare toddlers for the learning exercises they will need when they enter elementary school. Sewing crafts tailored to the abilities of young children can help improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Crafts and other hands-on activities are popular among preschoolers. Preschool teachers or parents of preschoolers may choose to create doves with their children, either to represent a lesson about birds or during a lesson on a particular Bible story. Parents and teachers should remember that children at a preschool level love to be independent, but still have a limited number of developed skills. While this activity does require some adult assistance, be sure to give your child creative freedom as they build their dove.
Preschool teachers are the first individuals to introduce the education system to young children. Therefore, the way you welcome preschoolers to school can influence the way those students approach learning throughout their academic careers. As a preschool teacher, you want your students to enjoy learning about language, vocabulary, science and math while developing social skills, but you also need to evaluate how the students are progressing. To develop a comprehensive understanding of each child's progress, you need to evaluate their social, cognitive and physical development.
Divorcing parents worry about the effect their separation will have on their small children -- with good reason. While children younger than 3 may show no negative signs when their parents separate, preschoolers are old enough to grieve the loss of their intact family. Due to their young age and limited coping skills, preschoolers may exhibit a variety of negative effects during and after their parents' divorce.
At times it seems like the attention span of a preschooler is no more than a few seconds. He may he picks up a toy, plays with it, and almost instantaneously throw it to the ground as another toy catches his eye. In a classroom setting or during structured activities, this can be frustrating to teachers or parents attempting to focus preschoolers' attention on one task or activity. Training preschoolers to focus is an exercise that takes time, but it's not always difficult to motivate students into activities that improve their concentration. A University of British Columbia study cited in…
Your preschooler will have a blast making this simple kazoo out of a recycled paper tube and common household items. The music they create may keep them occupied for hours on end.
Teachers can make imaginary spaceships with preschoolers as a way of teaching about real space travel. This spaceship craft often leads children into imaginary play scenarios that take place on other planets. The paper spaceships are an even bigger hit if they carry a sweet treat like a lollipop in the hull. Such candy carriers also make good Valentine greetings. Young children can benefit greatly from this craft activity, which helps develop small finger muscles to prepare them for writing with pencils.
Experiments about frost for preschoolers should be very basic because the children are just starting to learn about the world around them. Set up your materials ahead of time so you are ready to go when you announce the experiment to the class. Ensure that you can complete the experiment quickly and that the results don't take too long so you can hold the children's attention.
There are many different reasons to make a harp with a preschool class. Harp projects can be completed during Bible lessons (in 1 and 2 Samuel, two books in the Old Testament, David plays a harp to worship) or when learning about different musical instruments. Teachers and parents of preschoolers should remember that children enjoy hands-on activities. They are limited in what they can do, but enjoy completing projects on their own.
Woodpeckers use their long, hard bills to peck on the trunks of dead or dying trees, searching for grubs to eat, or to make nesting cavities. They often have brightly-colored feathers, which make them attractive birds for preschoolers to base a craft project on. Gather together a few simple craft materials, and enjoy a project that's fun and informative.
Preschool is filled with toys, arts and crafts, playmates and engaging activities, so you may think there is no reason for your child to be unhappy going to school. Unfortunately, preschool can create many undesirable situations for young children. Your child may have separation anxiety, be too shy to make new friends or have trouble sharing the teacher's attention. Regardless of why your preschooler is unhappy at school, there are several ways you can make the situation easier for both of you.
You do not need fancy lab equipment to conduct experiments with your preschool students. By gathering items you most likely already have in the classroom, you can teach your students about the scientific world around them. These experiments take only a few minutes of preparation. They can be done as an entire class, or students can conduct them independently while being supervised.
Preschoolers are often mesmerized by the movements of the sun and moon across the sky. While the way the sun and the moon swaps place just before bedtime may appear like a mystery, it is an explainable mystery. Preschoolers are old enough to understand part of the mystery and observing the sky is wonderful way to introduce science concepts, history and magical stories to their lives. Use activities, games and role-play to answer your preschooler's questions and use her curiosity to learn more about space.
Preschoolers are talkative, creative and avid explorers. According to the NYU Child Study Center, at this age children are still learning rules of behavior. Children also learn to misbehave on purpose at this age, usually to seek attention, as they realize adults usually pay more attention to bad behavior. If your preschooler demands attention, either at school or home, there are different methods you can try to help him change his behavior.
Preschoolers love stories. Yet, being transported to magical places is more than a pleasurable activity; stories play an important role in helping to shape preschoolers attitudes, beliefs and values. Tradition literature often has an oral origin and the stories have interesting plots and characters that fight against evil. Magic is often accepted as normal and even if the characters may be stereotypes, tradition literature offers a wonderful way to promote a love for reading.
Children typically attend preschool between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, just before kindergarten starts. Preschool is a formative period in which children begin learning a lot of new different concepts, one of them being speaking clearly and precisely. Help a preschooler communicate and get his point across by encouraging proper enunciation skills.
A preschooler may be disrespectful for a number of reasons. She may be acting out to get attention, experimenting with pushing her limits or simply not realize how her behavior affects others. Curbing a child's disrespectful behavior is essential. If she doesn't learn in preschool how to treat others, she may struggle to form positive relationships with teachers and peers as she grows up. The more quickly you act to change her behavior, the faster she'll learn how to be a productive and pleasant member of society.
Reading poems to preschoolers supports development of phonemic awareness, which is awareness of language sounds, such as letter sounds and rhyming words. Reading poetry is preferable to phonics games because a poem "tells an entire story that helps children understand sentence structure and how words fit together," says Dr. Amy McClure, professor of Early Childhood Education at Ohio Wesleyan University. Nursery rhymes, action rhymes, tongue twisters, riddles and alliterative poems support attentive listening through the use of rhythmic language that includes fantastical and humorous words and contexts. Enjoyable poetry-reading sessions help to stimulate children's imaginations, extend vocabulary and foster development…
Graphic practice is a very important part of preschool development. Writing methods help children develop fine motor skills, which include strengthening hand muscles and building hand-eye coordination. Practice methods do not concentrate solely on writing letters and numbers. They allow students to explore the use of different media to engage their senses while encouraging them to express themselves creatively using written symbols or pictures.
Preschool is a time of change and development for children. During these first years of school, they will grow verbally, socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically. Measuring the rate of growth and making sure that they are continually progressing is a key aspect of a preschool teacher's job. Constant progress needs to be observed in all these areas before children go to kindergarten and beyond.
To promote Christian education and learning, many churches hold a preschool ministry---that is, a daytime early education program for preschool-aged children. The program teaches bible study and promotes readiness for grade school. In a Baptist preschool ministry, the director is the leader and the individual who organizes the program, while preschool teachers provide the children with instruction.
From diagnosing individual special needs to understanding how a child is learning, preschool assessments are a powerful tool for the early childhood education professional. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC's) position statement on the subject, all preschool programs should contain an assessment component. From evaluation tools that look at individual areas such as emotional development to more comprehensive tools, there are a wide variety of assessments available.
Most preschoolers love to make noise. One constructive way to allow them to do this is to involve them in making a maraca. A maraca is a type of percussion instrument that makes rhythmic sounds when you shake it. You can make a maraca with some ordinary, inexpensive supplies. This project will help preschoolers to learn about how musical instruments produce sounds. It also allows you to make classroom instruments that you can use with various types of activities.
During the preschool years, children are discovering who they are. They are exploring their power and looking for their own voice. Dealing with a preschooler can be a testing time, involving a power struggle with stubborn behavior and tantrums. Teaching your child to express her wishes while considering other people's point of view takes time. Yet learning self-control will help her to deal with a diverse range of situations in life such as school and friendship. Introducing her to strategies to control stubborn behavior will help you build a strong and loving relationship, with boundaries but room for her to…
Teach children about musical instruments while simultaneously opening up a dialogue they can personally relate to using their bodies. Sensory exploration offers educators, parents and caretakers opportunities to share knowledge and facts about how the body interprets outside things through its senses. Begin this lesson plan while crafting the homemade tambourines. Instruct one student to play his instrument while another one points out which senses he's using while playing.
Preschool children typically go through phases of having tantrums when they are tired, frustrated, hungry or simply angry. Some children seem to have an amplified bad temper that becomes difficult to contain. Parents and teachers can make a difference by working together to help the child through his anger and to teach him how to de-stress and re-channel his frustrations.
Starting a preschool in any locale can be challenging, but it takes a special individual with a big place in her heart for children to have the drive and desire to follow through with the steps necessary to make it happen. Not only must there be an incredible amount of care, but safety and suitability must be accounted for in the design and administration of the preschool facility. Personnel much be carefully chosen to fit the vision, mission and core values of the program as well.
Angry preschoolers can be very difficult to deal with. They have not yet developed any conscious control over their emotions and they never hesitate to act on their anger. Angry outbursts such as screaming, crying fits and throwing things are very common in young children. There are several things you can do to combat this behavior depending on the child's attitude, what caused the outburst and where you are.
Music is part of virtually every culture on earth and it can easily be incorporated into study units on native cultures and foreign countries. Use recordings of various ethnic music genres to demonstrate to students that each culture's identity may be reflected in its music: ritual ceremonial dances among Native Americans, harvest celebrations in Africa, and the hardship and enduring spirit of American slaves, for example. Tie music into lessons on history, art and geography to emphasize the wide diversity of musical expression around the world and across the ages.
Anatomy lessons are an important part of preschool learning, as they teach young children about their bodies and how to take care of them. Games involving body parts are especially popular in preschool classrooms because they get students up and moving. These games also teach students how to listen carefully and follow directions.
It is never too early to teach children about life through plants. Plants start so small and when they are nurtured they grow into something completely different from when they started. Preschool children enjoy hands-on activities and getting dirty. Lessons in responsibility go hand-in-hand with planting their own seeds. Round out the planting activity by having the children draw their seedlings and plants at every stage of growth. Doing this is Spring is best. You can keep the plants outdoors and reduce clean-up times.
Preschoolers are often mesmerized by letters and they love to add letters to their drawings. Building a foundation for literacy is part of the preschool curriculum. The role of letter recognition for learning to read is not clear. Yet, it is vital to ensure that letter recognition activities are engaging and designed in a way to encourage an exploration of the relationship between the letters and pictures.
Providing preschoolers with a rich vocabulary to express their feelings promotes the development of social skills. According to Caroline Webster-Stratton, Director of the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington, spontaneous emotional reactions slow down and even stop when preschoolers can put words to their feelings. Preschoolers need guidance to identify their own emotions, and games are an engaging way to inspire preschoolers to look for signs about people's feelings by looking at their faces and body language.
Teachers need to be the stability and driving force in their classrooms. There are many things that can get to you emotionally, such as misbehaving children and cranky coworkers. You need to learn to control your emotions and stay focused on educating your students to the best of your ability. Simple tips and techniques can help you to control your feelings and be the best teacher you can be.
Is it better to teach through discipline or freedom? Anyone attempting to put forth a valid critique of divergent teaching methods must confront this very question. The concept behind divergent teaching involves techniques designed to generate original solutions to problems. Essentially, divergent teaching stresses that there are many possible answers to a problem, rather than the "correct" one. It's a method of teaching that puts focus on creativity and original thinking. There are, however, certain downsides to consider.
Music is a mix of rhythm and tones. You can teach kindergarten students how to create their own music by using drums. Children are natural drummers. You can see them drumming on different things while they're playing. The drum is a very simple instrument that can be picked up and played by anybody because it's so easy to create different rhythms and tones using only your hands. The children just need a basic understanding of what they're trying to produce with the drum and then, with a little practice, they'll be making music in no time.
Choosing a preschool is an important family decision. Not only do you want your child to be supervised, but also to remain healthy. Though many preschools may meet minimum standards for safety, these schools may not be the healthiest option. To choose a healthy preschool for your child, check for things such as staffing, sick policy and nutrition standards.
Introducing music early in a child's life has a dramatic effect. Some research shows a positive relationship between a child's early exposure to music and academic skills, such as math and language learning, later in life, though to what degree is controversial. Using musical instruments with preschoolers need not be solely through formal lessons. Exposing young children to a variety of instruments, especially rhythm instruments, will increase motor skill development as well as instill an appreciation, if not love, of music.
Prepositions are the glue that holds sentences together. By explaining the relationships between the words in a sentence, they provide the reader with critical information about the sentence's meaning. But students cannot easily conjure up simple images like an apple or a person running to remember what prepositions are. As such, it is all the more important for these students to learn about prepositions in a setting that is fun and will stir their motivation to learn more.
The youth organization Awana promotes Christian values among children. It offers programs for children from age 2 through high school. Awana's "Cubbies" program is for 3-to-5-year-olds. Children listen to faith-based stories, play non-competitive games and work on art projects that reinforce Christian values. Typically during a meeting or session, the children have snack time.
These days teenagers have busy lives. Between a packed academic schedule and a hectic social life, a teenager might find it difficult to squeeze in activities that are designed to benefit both his mental and physical health. Teenagers who play sports are able to combine responsibility and time spent with friends to create a level of fun and challenge that will deliver psychological and physical improvement.
Preschool is the beginning of a child's formal education and a training ground for many of the most basic academic, life and social skills. Every preschool has its own objectives, but your preschooler should be able to meet basic requirements for kindergarten by the end of the year. Familiarize yourself with a list of important preschool objectives to accurately gauge your child's progress.
Teaching children about music can be a multi-sensory and fun experience for them, and lessons can be easily tailored to incorporate the many aspects of music, such as dynamics, which refer to how loud or soft a musical passage should be played. Instead of just explaining what dynamics are and teaching the different symbols and abbreviations, including hands-on activities that demonstrate how dynamics are used or achieved in music will not only contribute to a lesson, they can also enhance students' knowledge and appreciation of music as well.
Toddlers are naturally curious and creative. Give them the opportunity to explore and experience art materials such as paint, play dough, glue, crayons and paper as you plan your preschool curriculum for toddlers. The use of simple craft materials and activities will help toddlers to develop physically and mentally. Praise the children for what they have created as the process is more important than the actual product. Make sure all materials are nontoxic and that toddlers are supervised carefully.
Children can absorb information is many different ways. When learning shapes, like the diamond, a variety of activities which convey the same lesson will hold their interest and make learning feel more like a game. The diamond shape offers a wide spectrum of options for instruction that are both entertaining and practical.
Young preschoolers generally respond positively to well-thought out routines and guidelines. For parents and caregivers these routines and guidelines can also be invaluable as they make what can be very stressful situations into orderly and much more pleasant situations. Without clear routines preschoolers will act on their own will and impulses, and these impulses may be counter-productive to the harmonious running of a household.
Preschool is often a child's first exposure to "school math," that is the singling out of real-life mathematics-related activities as a subject to be learned. As children at the preschool level tend to have especially little exposure to basic mathematical concepts, you may consider creating a checklist of basic mathematical concepts to teach your preschool students. Such a checklist should contain all of the basics needed to prepare your students for the more academic introduction of math in kindergarten.
Preschool introduces young children to the academic and creative experience of education. A qualified preschool provides children with the building blocks for a successful life and helps improve their language, cognitive and social skills, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Typically, a qualified preschool uses quality teachers and small classrooms, and establishes a balance between learning, art and play. Preschools should be led by director who takes an interest in the lives of children.
The story of Moses and the burning bush comes from the Bible's Book of Exodus. In this story, God communicates to Moses through a bush that, while engulfed in flames, does not burn. He asks Moses to free the Israelites and lead them out of Egypt. Have children cook foods that represent the story of Moses and the burning bush during Sunday school lessons.
Preschool children are introduced to numbers in preparation for kindergarten math skills. Number goals for kindergarten include recognition of numbers one through 10, counting aloud in sequence and counting the number of items in a group. Creative activities use visual and tactile feedback to help kindergarten-age children learn numbers.
According to a report from National Center for Education Statistics, 94 percent of children who enroll in kindergarten can count to 10. If your child needs help reaching this milestone, you can incorporate counting activities into your everyday life. Make counting a part of playtime so your child will learn to associate counting with fun. Once your child learns to count to 10, use the same training techniques to teach numbers over 10.
As early as preschool, children begin to notice similarities and differences between themselves and their peers in their classroom. It's an ideal time to help children become comfortable with racial, cultural and religious diversity they will encounter all their lives. Music is an ideal method of teaching about diversity because it is part of leisure activities, rituals, ceremonies and festivals all over the world, and each country or region has music that is specific to its culture.
Even if you're not at your best early in the morning, the preschoolers in your life still need supervision at this time of day. Whether you're a parent or teach a classroom of preschoolers, remember that the morning can set a tone for the entire day. Give preschoolers early morning activities that they'll enjoy and that will stimulate their minds so they start the day off on a positive note.
It is likely that a child will encounter another student with mental or physical handicaps in class. The child will then want to ask questions about their fellow student. If you are not prepared to answer their questions, you may negatively affect the way that child views and treats other people with handicaps. You want to encourage an attitude of acceptance and teach your child or students about diversity.
A kindergarten graduation marks a significant event in children's lives as they prepare for the transition to first grade. When organizing a graduation ceremony for young children, keep simplicity and fun at the forefront. While you want to help children understand the importance of the event, young people between the ages of 5 and 6 won't do well with a long, formal ceremony similar to those implemented at high schools and colleges.
Preschool is the time for young children to make the transition from home to classroom. Children under age 5 benefit from a high-quality preschool, according to Preschool California. Early childhood education gets children started in reading and math, and they take these important skills to kindergarten and beyond. Teach your preschooler about colors, shapes, counting and letter recognition with simple activities that stimulate all the senses. Offer the child tactile toys, sing songs with numbers and read his favorite books.
For many post-secondary students, the quality of instruction can make or break a course. Lecturers should be able to communicate ideas succinctly without sacrificing thoroughness, and should know their material inside and out. In many courses, students are encouraged to fill out a form evaluating their professor's performance. Typically, this evaluation takes the form of a checklist, which is divided into several sections.
According to the Writing Centre at the University of Ottawa, traditional grammar categorizes words based on the eight parts of speech. Included in those parts are prepositions, which link nouns and pronouns to other words. To help children grasp the concept of prepositions and correctly identify them in sentences, teachers use classroom exercises that impart fun and enthusiasm.
Many parents feel that a preschool education is essential to the future success of their children. Socialization, preparation and education are just some of the benefits named when it comes to reasons for sending children to school early. Other parents, however, choose to keep their kids close at home, under the watchful eye of loved ones in an atmosphere where they are nurtured and taught by people they know.
Group work is often required in school and in the professional world. Group work compels individuals to work together to complete a project or assignment. However, all too often an individual's poor performance can negatively impact other group members and undermine the team's success. Group evaluations give group members an opportunity to assess each member's contributions so that under-performing members may be held accountable. This also allows a supervisor to assess the team's advantages and disadvantages.
Children are very good at making noise; if you are creative, you can use that skill to create a lesson on rhythm. All children need to learn and hone the skills of rhythm recognition, performance and repetition. Teaching rhythm to children can be fun for the instructor as well as the kids as it is a hands-on activity full of creative movements. After teaching and mastering rhythm, let the kids form their own band and beat out their own rhythms.
Many preschoolers struggle with any transition, but the end of the day can be an especially difficult time. Children are worn out from the day's activity and may want to keep playing with the classroom toys. Even those children who are excited to head home may be so riled up from the excitement of the day that they struggle to calm down. Teachers and classroom volunteers can help preschoolers get calm well before pick-up time to create a smooth transition for everyone.
Many stories regarding Jacob in the Bible provide inspiration for multi-sensory lessons. Jacob lived a long life and had four wives and 12 children. When teaching about Jacob, teachers can focus their lesson on the story of Jacob's blessing, Jacob's large family, or Jacob's fight with an angel. Lessons from Jacob's life can inspire students to explore their creativity, passion and identity.
The state of Oregon defines the preschool time period as extending from 36 months (age 3) until the time a child enters the first year of school (age 5 or 6). During this stage, many children attend formal preschool programs, where they learn fundamentals such as letters, numbers, shapes and colors, as well as valuable social skills. Because preschools have to meet specific educational requirements and be a healthy, safe, environment for children, Oregon has very strict and specific guidelines for opening and operating such a facility.
The decision to place your child in a home-based or center-based program can be a tricky one. Many parents are more comfortable starting their children in a home-based setting. Once the child has developed some social skills and confidence, a center-based program may become appropriate. The transition between home-based and center-based activities may be a challenge, but it is worth it to prepare your preschooler for a classroom setting. This transition picture book will help your child be more comfortable with the change.
The familiar Genesis account of the days of creation starts, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" and goes on to describe such a diversity of created creatures and systems that teachers have a wealth of background material around which to design creation Bible activities. Whether you have a series of creation stations or an ongoing creation unit over several sessions, each activity can help focus the kids in on what God created on each day of creation.
Goal sets for non-verbal preschool aged children with a focus on cognitive skills often include a variety of non-verbal communication goals such as eye gaze, joint attention and basic gesture-based cues. As always, it is important for education professionals to tailor goal sets to each individual child. Because each individual has a different skill set, a different amount of family support, and various communication goals, what works for one non-verbal child will not work for everyone.
If you work with preschoolers who love to watch shows like "Sesame Street" you understand the appeal of puppets. They can dance, talk and sing, and they're all controlled by hand. Puppets can be made in any number of ways, from gluing pictures onto craft sticks, decorating paper bags or gluing button faces onto tube socks. Make a few puppets for your own use, then set preschoolers to work to create their own, as well.
Preschool children are curious and eager to learn. They love to ask questions and they absorb information at an incredible rate. Their curriculum is filled with things that they should learn to help build a foundation and prepare them for schooling; nonetheless, it is vital to provide children with opportunities to revise their learning. Activities that help children to think about what they have learned should be engaging to promote interest in further thinking.
Toddlers and preschoolers are fascinated with all things associated with Halloween such as trick-or-treating, dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples. Halloween is the perfect time to implement pumpkin crafts. Select activities that foster creativity and spontaneity in art materials usage. Provide young children with opportunities to participate in art activities with a pumpkin theme to expose them to a variety of textures and sensory experiences and to help them strengthen their small motor skills.
Preschool, for some children, is the first educational endeavor they encounter. Because of this, you need to be aware of the preschool itself in terms of how it is decorated. The facility should be an inviting and exciting place for children to learn, play and relax. Pay attention to details both big and small to project the proper image to both students and parents.
Teaching a new language is always a challenge. Unless students are completely immersed, the conversational skills that are required for becoming fluent are difficult to acquire. Nonetheless, you can help your students learn the basics of another language by focusing on daily routines. Teach your students to describe their own daily routines in French, then use these experiences to present material about comparable routines in France.
Preschoolers have short attention spans and a limited ability to grasp complex concepts. Some Bible stories lend themselves to the creative mind of a child, and others are hard to communicate. In the Bible story about the cleansing of the Temple, Jesus banishes moneychangers and salespeople from the Temple, infuriated that a house of God was being used as a marketplace. Communicate to your preschoolers the concept of the church as a pure and holy place through simple craft lessons.
Preschool crafts serve several purposes. They are activities that are fun and promote learning, and they create mementos for both the child and parent. Some of these things, like handprint and footprint crafts, note milestones in the age and development of the child. Holiday or seasonally oriented crafts using hand and footprints are a cute and fun way for the kids to really get into their work.
A preposition is a part of speech that precedes a prepositional phrase or is combined with a noun to make a phrase. The most common prepositions are "of," "to," "in," "for," "with," and "on." A preposition indicates the relationship between things being told about in a sentence. Young children sometimes have difficulty understanding the meaning of prepositions. For them, prepositions are best learned in the context of play when the meaning of the word is tied to actual use. A Teddy bear makes a good prop when teaching young children prepositions.
A contact center manager has a wide array of duties and responsibilities, including overseeing the operations of the contact center, ensuring that resources are used effectively and meeting the needs of employees and customers. According to Customer Think, a global online community focused on customer-centric businesses, contact center managers have the primary task of balancing customer retention while enhancing revenue generation especially in times of an economic recession.
Assessment of preschool children is a process that involves traditional testing as well as more authentic means of testing such as observation and parent interviews. For preschoolers, the use of play is often an important method of assessment and observation. While there is great variation in the way you can assess your preschooler, there are some common objectives among all methods of assessment.
The cuddly, fuzzy appearance of sheep and the silly sounds they make are two reasons why sheep are often a favorite with preschool children. When it's time to teach your pupils about sheep, hands-on activities will capture their attention and pique their interest about these grazing creatures that are a familiar sight in rural areas.
In the Bible story found in Exodus, God talked to Moses through a burning bush. This miracle inspires preschool crafts as they recreate the image of a bush covered with fire that does not burn. Moses was afraid to do what God asked him to do. Ask the children to think about a time when they were afraid to do what they should.
The Individual with Disabilities Act, or IDEA, is a federal law that requires a "free and appropriate public education" be given to children of all ages. Through this law, preschoolers who are at risk or showing signs of developmental delays or disabilities must be served through the local school district or state department of health. These services include physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling, and psychological and nutritional services. Parents are able to request an assessment of their child at any time during the preschool years.
Rhythm can be heard all around; from the ticking of a clock, a heartbeat or the music heard on a radio. Since rhythm is such a part of day-to-day life, it's no wonder children are often curious about it; they even innately create their own rhythms when they clap their hands, sing a song or tap a pot with a spoon. Take this interest in rhythm and present children with a formal lesson about creating rhythm. Doing so will help develop an appreciation for music and sound and promote listening skills.
Preschools and daycares are two types of child-care facilities. Though there are differences between the two types of facilities, many preschools and daycares offer the same features at a similar cost, according to the website Baby Center. To find the program that is right for your child, look at each early childhood program individually, taking into consideration important factors like curriculum, availability and cost.
Quality preschool programs may help children to attain higher academic achievement, gain better social skills and benefit overall development. When choosing an early childhood education environment, parents have many different choices to select from. Each individual preschool option varies in terms of general structure, learning/growth goals, program intent and logistical issues such as days and times of offerings.
Children entering kindergarten are evaluated to determine whether they are proficient in specific tasks in several areas of development. All children grow at their own individual paces. However, a parent or educator should be aware of certain key indicators of development. Preschoolers entering kindergarten are assessed on their proficiency in the areas of social and emotional skills, language and literacy skills, cognitive skills and physical development.
Our emotional state directly affects our motivation to participate in activities or complete tasks. Consequently, the emotional state of students in a classroom directly affects their motivation to participate and learn. An emotional response to a lesson increases retention and understanding of the information presented. Therefore, knowing how and when to evoke certain emotions during the learning process is a valuable skill for any educator. When a teacher can evoke emotion in her students, the lessons she teaches will have a much bigger impact.
Kids love to bang on things. From the moment a child discovers she can, she will explore all the different ways to make sounds. Research shows that this not only teaches about cause and effect, but that an understanding of rhythm is fundamental in the development of language and self-control. Preschool teachers and parents can use this love of drumming and attraction to rhythms to help lay the foundations for future learning.
Many parents enroll their children in preschool by age 3 to prepare them for kindergarten. Choose a preschool that suits your family's schedule, your budget and your child's developmental needs -- and then submit an enrollment application. Depending on where you live and what type of preschool you choose, the application may be simple or may require several steps. Get your application in on time (or early) to make sure your child is accepted.
As preschoolers, children become aware of their senses and motor skills by playing educational games that combine learning with hands-on activities. These lessons help build literacy skills, comprehension and problem solving abilities. They are also instrumental in expanding general knowledge. Practice color and shape recognition activities to help your children become more familiar with simple geometry concepts.
With schools becoming more competitive, assessment is starting at earlier levels of education. However, not all schools and teachers have the money to spend on pricey tools, and such expensive tools are not necessary to properly gauge a student's progress and development. Use a variety of free tools to assess your preschoolers' competence.
Kites have been used for centuries as toys and as parts of celebrations and scientific experiments. Kids naturally love kites, so take advantage of this interest by having a "Kite Day." A few simple materials are all you need for a day the kids will not soon forget.
Let your imagination run wild and have some fun thinking up ways to decorate the letter Z with your preschool children. Make large Zs out of construction paper, cake, or salt dough and then decorate them with almost any kind of material: cereal, macacroni, beans, fabric, sparkles, sprinkles, acrylic jewels, paint, frosting or something else entirely. The only stipulation on what you can use is that the materials are safe for children 3 to 5 years old.
Educating gifted and quick learners means that you have to understand how they think and view the world. Sometimes, quick learners may use their intelligence to avoid trying new things because they fear failure. They may also act out when they are bored in a classroom. Handling these learners with patience is critical to helping them succeed.
There are few things more stressful than a group of chaotic preschoolers. Young children have energy to spare and can become excited about the smallest thing, but they often burn off this excitement by being loud and running around. Overexcited preschoolers can easily lose control of their bodies, so you must step in with activities to help them calm down before you lose control of the situation.
Preschool centers base their learning goals off of objectives outlined by state education departments and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and combine it with children's spontaneous ideas while interacting in learning centers. Articles on websites such as PBS Teachers and Scholastic state the importance of spontaneous play for young children in the progression of their development, especially with dramatic play and the block center, because both combine physical skills and creative thinking.
A nursery rhyme for preschoolers is "Hey Diddle Diddle," which is also known by one of its lines, "The cow jumped over the moon." Some preschool classrooms, when studying a unit on nursery rhymes, spend a day on "Hey Diddle Diddle," doing crafts and movement activities that reflect the scenes in the poem. Creating crafts for the line "The cow jumped over the moon" with your preschoolers can be fun and easy.
For kindergarten children, being able to reflect on the events of the day is a learned skill that will take some practice. Reflection can increase learning, since the same skills needed to recall events also can be used to recall math facts, spelling words and reading questions. Keep in mind that it will be necessary to teach children to reflect upon their day; this is not an automatic thing, but requires thought. Also, as with many skills learned in kindergarten, practice makes perfect.
Safety is one of the most important things to remember when working with small children. Infants and preschoolers can be especially vulnerable to choking and other accidents. If you work with preschoolers in a classroom setting, there are items you should check on a daily basis to ensure safety in your classroom.
According to the Fall 2009 newsletter of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 3567 early child programs have earned the NAEYC accreditation since the program launched. To keep their quality ratings, child care programs must run assessments to determine the quality of interactions between educators and children, the progression of the children's development and the safety of the environment.
Think back to your childhood, and you can probably recall songs, rhymes, claps and finger plays you haven't thought about in years. Finger plays are a fun way to help children develop valuable memory, recall and language skills. Although most are appropriate for preschool-aged children, rhymes can also be adapted to suit older children.
Preschoolers are busybodies interested in exploring the world in any way possible. Art is a great way to allow children to express themselves and experiment with colors, textures and ideas. Sports are the perfect way to expel excess energy and teach children the importance of exercise and fitness. Combine sports and art for extra fun that preschoolers will enjoy.
As a kindergarten teacher, you can use the morning circle as a time to teach your students almost any subject as they follow a daily routine. Circle time usually begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and ends with the class roll call. Morning circle time can be used to teach concepts and skills such as the days of the week, the months of the year, name recognition, counting, fact families, language arts and science activities.
ABC instruction formally begins in kindergarten. Students need to know the names of all 26 letters as well as be able to associate each letter with its sound and shape. Children should be proficient in letter-naming by the end of the kindergarten year. Knowledge of the alphabet is important because it is the foundation of reading, which will be required in all academic areas.
A morning greeting can set the tone for the entire day. Whether you teach in a day care, early learning center or nursery school, selecting the appropriate a.m. starter can get your preschoolers ready for an action-packed day filled with learning and play. Choose from a variety of greetings that range from a simple statement to a more elaborate morning meeting.
Apple crafts fit well into a fall or harvest theme in a preschool classroom. To begin, ask your class what they already know about apples. Discuss how apples grow, what colors they can be and some of the different types. If possible, do an apple tasting with several types of apples and ask your students to describe the flavors. Many farms offer apple picking excursions, which make excellent field trips if available.
Preschool students often have difficulty recognizing and expressing how they feel or how others feel. Young children often need instruction in how to put their feelings into words and how to identify what others are feeling. Teachers can encourage emotional awareness through a feelings theme unit. Games are ideal for providing group practice in emotional expression and identification.
During preschool, children being learning about the world around them and themselves. Present children with an "all about me" thematic unit that will allow them to make discoveries about themselves. Through hands-on and engaging activities, children can learn a variety of things about themselves and develop a positive self-image.
As middle school students, sixth-graders learn organization, leadership and intrinsic motivation. Students may struggle with friendships, begin to date and pull away from parents and teachers. Socialization and acceptance are very important to sixth-graders. Five-minute classroom activities should incorporate academics but also respect the culture of the pre-teen world, as well as encourage movement to tap into a sixth-grader's need for kinesthetic learning.
Activities with apples can provide starting points that are linked to themes such as fall and healthy eating, and to curriculum topics such as science, math and art. Preschool children may become distracted during large-group activities. However, through participation in small-group activities, children receive greater one-to-one attention from teaching staff and more time to explore, ask questions and fulfill their learning potential.
Repetition is an effective learning tool for young students. Having preschoolers repeat after you in lesson plans can introduce and reinforce concepts while offering a forum to practice and memorize new ideas. Singing "repeat after me" phrases can make lessons even more memorable and entertaining to the students. The Boy Scouts website has a number of them that will work for preschoolers.
Reading is the key to mastering every other academic subject. While children typically learn to read during kindergarten or first grade, the foundations for successful reading are laid during the preschool years. By using natural opportunities for language and literacy development, you can ensure that your child is on the road to successful and enjoyable reading.
Not only do emotions come and go unexpectedly, they are also tricky to articulate. Teaching emotions and feelings in 4th to 6th grade is imperative --- if a student does not value the messages her own emotions give her, or develop empathy for others, she may run into personal and interpersonal relationship problems in the future.
Preschool is much more than a play-school or babysitting service. Children prepare for kindergarten by learning numbers, letters and how to write their names. They also learn about the world around them. As they categorize objects and concepts, from shapes and colors to farm and zoo animals, they learn through a variety of activities. Complicated concepts like hibernation can be easily understood by combining stories and songs with visuals and hands-on activities.
Teaching difficult curriculum can be an especially hard task, since students are at different levels of proficiency and have different learning needs. It is essential to consider students' diverse learning needs and to accommodate these needs so that each student comprehends material and so that the class as a whole can advance to new material.
During the elementary years, children learn several mathematical skills, including skip counting by 10s. Skip counting is an effective exercise for quick computation, helps children learn how to count money and aids in learning multiplication facts. Here are several activities that you can use to foster a greater comprehension of the skill.
A unit on firemen is fun for preschool students, but also provides an excellent opportunity to teach students about helpers in their community. Talk to students about the ways in which firemen keep people in their community safe. In addition, use the opportunity to talk to your students about fire safety.
Educators are always looking for effective teaching strategies to use in their classrooms. It is their goal to create authentic learning experiences that are engaging and help children retain the information discussed in class. One method of doing this is through the use of instruments in the classroom. The incorporation of music and musical instruments into core academic subjects can improve students' musical intelligence and enrich the entire curriculum.
Your grasshopper lesson will keep the classroom jumping when you include games and activities for your preschoolers to enjoy. Teach children about grasshoppers as part of a larger insect unit or use the grasshopper as part of your lessons on the letter G or color green. Either way, this clever bug will pique preschoolers' interest and keep learning fun.
Even young children are able to grasp the concepts behind words that indicate where something is located. If you can engage many of their senses and have them interact with the activities, it is even better. These activities for preschool on prepositions keep children moving and learning at the same time, helping them to better understand the concepts.
The story of the twin brothers Jacob and Esau is told in Genesis Chapters 25 and 27 of the Bible. The boys were very different, one stronger than the other, and the older brother served the younger. Esau, the oldest, was red and hairy, very strong and loved to hunt. The younger twin, Jacob, was fair and had smooth skin, and he stayed near home. One day Esau came in famished from hunting and smelled a delicious stew that Jacob had cooked. In exchange for a bowl of soup, Esau sold Jacob his birthright to his father's fortune. Jacob then…
Teach the lost sheep parable found in Luke 15:3-7 to preschoolers in simple terms and with an accompanying sheep craft to keep them interested. As preschoolers are taught the story of the shepherd who took the time to track down even the last little sheep in his flock of 100, they are reminded that God loves each of them just as much and is equally proud of each special child.
Finger games can encourage children to be creative and use their imagination while at play. Several finger games entertain children at the preschool age and may be played alone or with two or more players. These games are convenient to play when traveling, since no additional materials are needed.
Expose your students to a variety of cultures early on in their educational career. Early exposure can help kids gain a perspective on the differences and similarities between people. Once the differences and similarities are pointed out to kids, the differences don't seem like such an issue. When adults tiptoe around racial or cultural differences, they seem more taboo to children. Exposuring preschool students to various cultures fosters understanding and tolerance in children from an early age.
Children are naturally attuned to music. They clap, bounce, dance, hum and sing at early ages. They learn the alphabet by singing and memorize little songs during toddler and preschool years. Lullabies soothe them; silly songs make them laugh. Rhythmic movement allows children to express emotions and creativity and to master coordinated movements.
It is not always easy to get preschoolers interested in numbers. You sometimes have to get creative in teaching preschoolers how to recognize numbers as well as begin to understand each number's value. Young children begin to first understand numbers and basic math by counting their fingers or items they encounter at home, in their preschool classroom or elsewhere in their daily lives. This means that manipulatives can be useful.
Teaching Bible stories to children can be challenging. Although the main characters are depicted as heroes, they also are shown as capable of making mistakes. The story of Jacob and Esau includes trickery and discord. The teacher's responsibility is to bring out the concepts of redemption and behavioral changes described in the story. The teacher also must adjust the material to the level of the particular students being taught.
The world is full of rhythm, though it sometimes goes unnoticed. It's in the pitter-patter of the rain hitting the roof. It's in the shush of our socks sliding down the hallway. It's in voices reading aloud poems and stories. Rhythm games can help children recognize and learn the concept of rhythm and tune in to the rhythms of the world.
Intellectual disabilities are the most common developmental disabilities. Individuals who have an IQ score below 70 are considered to have an intellectual disability. It is important that individuals with this type of disability learn life skills in order to function in everyday activities and to live with minimal assistance. If you plan on teaching people with intellectual disabilities, you can do so successfully by following the right steps.
Students will work better and learn more when there is a positive atmosphere in the classroom. Teaching also becomes an easier task in this type of environment. As a teacher, you can create this atmosphere through several of the choices that you make, both before and during your lessons. Determine your goals for the class and lead the students towards accomplishing those goals.
Preschoolers love to create and share their creations with others. Students can make their own books filled with their work as individuals or as a class and have a product to enjoy and share with others. Teachers can have them decorate the book covers and inside cover surfaces. These projects require preparation and help from an adult, but the end product are original books, unique to each child or to the class as a group.
Teaching children estimation requires providing them with many opportunities to practice their developing skills. There are a range of estimation activities for you to use when teaching estimation to your students from simple guessing games to several lessons focusing on estimation with a pumpkin or other large fruit or vegetable.
The technology boom has produced a generation of computer-literate offspring. These kids navigate touch-screen cell phones, play virtual games and use laptops with ease -- all before they enter kindergarten. Technology is here to stay and it has found its way into the preschool classroom. Computers are now staples in the room, and children are highly motivated to explore all they have to offer. With supervision and in moderation, technology has many positive and beneficial advantages for young children.
As a preschool teacher, not only is it your job to educate young children, but also to keep track of their development and progress. It may seem a daunting task to keep a close eye on the development of an entire classroom of small children, but it does not have to be one. Developing methods to track progress, as well as observe children and document what you see will help you when it is time to assess children's development and report your findings. With a bit of planning, developing a system for reporting the progress of preschoolers can be fun…
Preschoolers often study concepts in thematic units, and one of these could be learning about the continent of Africa. Students may learn about the types of animals found in Africa, what the continent looks like and the common attire worn by African natives. Work these concepts into crafting African hats from various art supplies to reinforce the content with your preschool class.
There is a wide range of options available for entertaining a preschooler. For many adults, the trick is finding the right mix of planning a fun activity with an educational one. These days, preschoolers have the benefit of the Internet as well as educational games that will take them outside for play or planned activities indoors with adult supervision.
When it comes to eating habits, children (like many adults) prefer to snack on foods that taste good but have little value in terms of a healthy, well-rounded diet. If you're a parent of a preschool-age child or a preschool teacher looking for snack ideas for your preschool class, there are a variety of ideas to choose from that your preschoolers are sure to enjoy. Milk would go well with any of these.
Preschool is an exciting time for both parents and children. Children make new friends and have new experiences, and parents enjoy watching their children interact with other children and adults. Once you have chosen a preschool for your child, your job as a parent isn't done, however. Watch carefully to see how your child does at preschool. Look for signs that tell you that your child and the preschool are not a good match. If you find this to be the case, search for a different preschool.
Preschool is a time of learning and exploration for a child. When a child attends a preschool, parents expect exposure to cognitive learning which is also considered intellectual learning. In general, preschool facilities have goals and objectives for students to reach during their time in the school. The exact goals and objectives will vary on the school and the age of the student, but the children should be prepared to enter kindergarten and are cognitively ready before they finish preschool.
Teach and celebrate autumn with preschool children through hands-on craft projects and activities. Use craft materials from the art supply store and easy-to-find supplies from your grocery store. Do arts and crafts projects with students individually, in small groups or as a class. Craft projects encourage problem solving, develop fine motor skills and celebrate creativity.
Losing a home can severely inhibit a family's ability to get children to school, and some school districts require that students have an address. However, federal legislation has put more pressure on schools to provide equal services to homeless children. Various other organizations try to help children get an education for free. The number of homeless children has increased dramatically since the economic downturn and foreclosure crisis.
Introduce your child to the world of sports through arts and crafts. Allow the children to be creative when making the crafts, and encourage them to come up with their own games and sports. There is a wide variety of sports to choose from. Encourage your preschoolers to name all the sports they can think of and teach them about those sports as you craft.
More than 270 kinds of turtles live all over the planet, in deserts, oceans and even homes. Preschoolers will delight in a make-your-own book project featuring these silly, slow-moving creatures. Parents and early childhood educators alike can help preschoolers cut and color their very own turtle-shaped book. Fill the book with pages of turtle drawings, facts or photos from magazines.
Children who are homeless have but one escape from the real world, the classroom. By learning, broadening their horizons and empowering themselves, students can work toward a day when they will be able to get off the streets. However, they require initial help to work hard, from a teacher's motivation, as well as help in transportation to school and help obtaining basic supplies to complete classroom work and homework. By aiding homeless children in these areas of need, you can help the become successful individuals in the world.
Preschoolers often find wonder and magic in the night sky. The twinkling stars, a full yellow moon and rocket ships blasting away to far-off places fill students' imaginations. Whether preschoolers know stars are really balls of gas or the moon only appears to change shape as it orbits around the Earth, let the night sky come alive in your preschool classroom.
A preschool fingerprint chart can help young children to learn about identity, self-expression and the artistic process. If you are an early-childhood educator, try creating a one-of-a-kind chart with water-based ink or paint. You can use a fingerprint chart project with themes such as All About Me, the human body, same and different or art/artists. Post the chart in your classroom to document the lesson and provide the children with a visual reminder of what they have learned.
Preschool can be an exciting time for many children. They get to interact with children of different backgrounds, and they have adults they can try to please other than their parents or caregivers. Preschoolers delight in their abilities to show off their skills to others and then return home to share their excitement and adventures with their parents. However, because of the many differences encountered in preschool, behavior problems are inevitable.
Helping your child appreciate books is one of the best things you can do when it comes to your child's education. The earlier you get started the better. According to America Reads, "Reading to a young child, even before a baby can hold a book, creates an appreciation for what books offer." With this in mind, you may wonder what kind of books your preschooler should be exposed to. Luckily, you have several options. There are numerous age-appropriate books available at your fingertips.
While most preschoolers are drawn to bright colors, they may not be able to name them all. Teaching children about colors does more than help them identify objects as red or blue. This topic gives preschoolers a beginning lesson in sorting and matching. Once children understand the differences between the colors, they can start to understand what makes things different or similar to one another.
Bugs outnumber human beings and all other animals by leaps and bounds. Bugs were here before us and researching them is a key to our past. The world of bugs is a dangerous, fascinating place. Bugs fight for survival in a world too small in scale for most humans to notice. For those who do pay attention, bugs are a great topic for research because there are so many types, so much variety and more information than any one researcher could ever absorb.
A unit on family helps students understand the components of a family and how they are different. Students also get a chance to share about their own families. The activities for a family unit work well for different age groups, from preschool on. Encourage the students to personalize their family activities to show their one-of-a-kind qualities.
Learning shapes is one of the goals of the preschool curriculum. Introducing a shape a week allows preschoolers to focus completely on each shape over five days, ideally by completing one shape-related activity per day.
Hungry children are whiny children, and finding healthy snacks they like can seem like an impossible feat. To entice children to eat healthy, get them involved in helping create a fun snack. This way, the snack will be prepared exactly the way the child likes. Don't let children overdose on snacks or they'll be too full to eat when lunch or dinner roll around.
People with intellectual disabilities tend to be visual learners, and may not be able to read text. As such, incorporating picture recipes into any lessons about cooking will go a long way towards helping them learn the necessary skills. There are several commercially published picture cookbooks, or you can get recipes for free online. The recipes should be fairly straightforward. Making familiar foods usually works best. Scrambled eggs and toast is a classic recipe that is simple enough for a first cooking lesson.
Preschool eye exams can be scary for an unprepared preschooler. Discover how to prepare your preschooler for this standard exam with the help of a certified teacher in this free video.
Teachers who want to include music theory in their preschool classes can develop games and activities that can help young students develop a basic understanding of the fundamental elements of music. Rhythm, harmony, melody, form and structure of music are all part of music theory. Preschoolers may not be ready to learn to read music or discuss the techniques that composers use to write music, but they are ready to move to the music. Musical chairs is a simple game that young children will enjoy. Educators can employ clapping and hopping to introduce music theory to preschoolers.
Halloween is marvelous holiday to help children learn what different shapes are. You can use bright orange pumpkins and pies to teach what circles look like and colorful candy shapes to teach about squares and triangles. Using learning tools that are good to eat will also help encourage the children to focus on learning shapes. Bright, colorful decorations can also help to attract the children's attention by getting them to look around the classroom and see for themselves what each shape looks like.
Toddlers love animals and crafts. Combine the two and you have an afternoon of creative fun. Dogs and cats are especially popular with young children, as they are a familiar sight at the park, in their home or neighborhood and on many television shows. If your toddler loves to excitedly identify dogs out the window or point out puppies in picture books, try giving him a puppy dog craft.
Valentine's day mailboxes are crafted by elementary-school children for the exchange of Valentine cards. Each student designs her own mailbox and the other students drop their Valentines into it. Typically, Valentine mailboxes are made of paper bags creatively decorated with paint, cut-out paper, stickers and doilies. There is no single best design and children should be encouraged to create whatever they like.
Standardized tests are exams in which all students answer the same questions. Most standardized tests are created in a multiple choice format and most questions have only one correct answer. There is debate on whether standard tests are effective assessment tools. The debate is ongoing as educational research and practice changes to meet federal legislation.
When children are first introduced to the alphabet, the ABCs song helps with memorization. There are certain listening activities that can be beneficial before, during or after hearing the song. Many children will already know the full song or most of the song by the time they start school, but these activities will help solidify their knowledge or fill in the gaps for those struggling with parts of the song.
Safe playground equipment and adult supervision helps prevent injuries on preschool playgrounds. Have adults check playground equipment for broken pieces or missing hardware. Encourage children to display good attitudes toward their peers and share the equipment appropriately. Firmly enforce all playground safety rules and reward children for following the rules and practicing safe play.
The morning can be a particularly difficult time for preschool children, and for their families and teachers. With the hustle and bustle of getting dressed, eating breakfast and packing a school lunch, there is often not enough time left over for the mini-meltdowns that are part of being a preschooler. Counteract the potential for a.m. havoc by establishing a clear and concise morning routine. Whether you are a parent of a three-year-old or a preschool teacher, a well-thought-out routine will help the morning go smoothly.
A functional behavior assessment is a tool that schools use to analyze and attempt to change undesirable behavior in students. When a school conducts a functional behavior assessment, administrators examine a problem behavior, determine the purpose of the behavior and devise strategies to help students change their undesirable behaviors into more appropriate ones.
Diamonds are a preschooler's best friend when you introduce the shape with a variety of arts and crafts. Invite students to spy diamond shapes in your classroom and out in the world, and have them manipulate paper diamonds into decorative art work and play items. Keep preschoolers in the hands-on arts and crafts mood with child-made snacks, such as kite cookies or sandwiches cut into a diamond shape with a knife or cookie cutter.
Little kids are a whole lot of fun until they become defiant. Preschoolers are a special variety who are learning to individuate yet still need loving guidance. Handling defiant behavior with understanding rather than force allows the child to maintain dignity while learning about real life limits. Parents, teachers and caregivers of defiant preschoolers can meet them in the moment with love and provide solutions for behavior that is counterproductive.
Monitoring teacher progress is integral to the maintenance of a successful school atmosphere. Working with teachers to ensure progress promotes good teaching strategies and encourages collaboration with colleagues, both of which serve to benefit students. A variety of opinions persist, however, on exactly how to monitor teacher progress. Current standards use student performance as the primary assessment, but evaluation methods also include in-class observations, peer reviews and consideration of professional development plans.
Open up a world of communication and understanding to preschoolers by teaching them shapes and colors. Children delight in making choices. The ability to name a favorite color of paper to make a drawing empowers a child. When he can ask for a square or triangle-shaped block by name during a game, he has a sense of control over his environment. Lead preschoolers in daily color and shape awareness practice to teach the recognition skills.
IT training, like other training programs, is an investment organizations make to improve employee performance and business operations. Organizations usually carry out evaluations at the end of a training program to measure the strengths, weaknesses and results of the program. IT training evaluations can include many aspects, but the content's quality, skills gained, performance of trainees and financial results are important benchmarks for evaluation.
In Luke Chapter 2 of the Holy Bible lies the story of Simeon and Anna. Simeon and Anna both met the infant Jesus at the temple when his parents took him to Jerusalem to offer a sacrifice of two turtledoves, according to Jewish custom. Simeon and Anna thanked God and preached of Jesus. This story of two righteous followers of Christ is taught in many Christian homes and churches to young children. Providing a craft or activity in addition to the lesson will enhance the children's understanding.
Valentine paper mobile crafts can be a great way for kids to learn while having fun. Find out about Valentine paper mobile crafts with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
Paper and cutting crafts include those that you can make with scissors, glue, construction paper and poster board. Get ideas for Valentine paper and cutting crafts with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
Hand prints can be used in a few different fun and enjoyable Valentine crafts. Use hand prints for Valentine crafts with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
A wide variety of Valentine crafts can be created using regular construction paper. Learn about Valentine crafts using construction paper with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
Boys in particular can have a lot of fun making Valentine crafts with the proper direction. Learn about crafts for boys to make for a Valentine with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
Valentine flower crafts can be a great way for students to express their creativity. Learn about Valentine flower crafts with help from a longtime elementary school teacher in this free video clip.
Nowadays, culture differences in the classroom are a fact of life that teachers must become adept at handling. Many students who come from different cultures can experience "culture shock" when trying to adjust to school life in the United States. Teachers must be knowledgeable and able to promote a learning environment that all students can feel comfortable with. Diversity and cultural training for teachers is necessary in learning how to address the variety of cultures present in a typical classroom. It is essential to come up with exercises that can be integrated into the classroom that all children will enjoy…
Teaching a young child their phone number requires practice. Make it fun by teaching them through play. Playing games, coloring and even baking cookies can increase the chance of your child remembering their telephone number. Keep their interest by offering new ways to practice and they'll be excited to learn.
Teaching a child to cook will equip him with a valuable life skill. Cooking with children is also fun, as long as the adult has some patience, some time and can cope with a mess for a while. Cooking with kids can be emotionally satisfying -- as well as educational. From math to reading, geography to science, it's hard to think of another everyday chore that gives as many educational opportunities as cooking.
Having adult learners in class requires thoughtful balance. Often their reasons for being in school differ substantially from that of more traditional students, and "because their value system is already established, [course] information must be presented in a manner that allows them room to integrate it into their conceptual truth," states educational expert Donald Grieve. In order to meet the needs of adult learners, teachers can make use of several effective teaching methods when planning and implementing the course curriculum.
Exodus tells the story of Moses, the baby whose parents sent him down a river in a basket to escape execution. Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter and became part of Pharaoh's household. Studying the plight of baby Moses is a popular Bible study topic for preschool and elementary age children. The story is entertaining and simple to build a lesson and crafts around.
Preschool is your child's first step in the academic journey, and it is therefore vital that you choose one with a lot of care. The atmosphere a child encounters in preschool will be a major influence on his liking for school and learning. Although some information regarding licensure and accreditation can be obtained from a preschool's website, it is important you take an actual tour of the facility before taking the final decision on a school. Most schools welcome visitors and one that doesn't is best avoided.
Understanding emotions in the classroom begins when children are taught about emotions and strategies to deal with them. Children experience a roller coaster of emotions throughout the day, the same as adults. Children tend to lash out and force their emotions onto their teachers and peers without thought of the consequences. There are tactics that can help educators handle the emotions of their students in the classroom.
Proper telephone etiquette is especially important since the caller cannot see your body language or facial expressions, which offer hints about your mood and intentions. Callers rely completely on tone and word selection to understand your meaning. Proper telephone etiquette affects the way callers view you and can offer a positive impression. Many children between the ages of two and five are ready to learn and understand the importance of polite telephone conduct and are receptive to a variety of teaching methods.
Children delight in playing and interacting with water; it is an inexpensive, beneficial, relatively available and familiar natural resource. Preschools can provide a variety of indoor and outdoor water play areas to fit any budget --- limited only by the imagination of the teacher and children.
Whether you are teaching young children or beginning ESL students, it is important for them to know their address and phone number. Apart from ordinary situations where this information can come in handy, it is absolutely necessary in the case of emergencies. There are different types of activities for learning and practicing this knowledge.
Preschoolers love to touch and explore their environments. One way to teach preschoolers about body parts is through exciting games. Games make learning about body parts easy and memorable. Awarding prizes, such as stickers, pencils and notepads, to game winners will keep the preschoolers anxiously awaiting the next body part game.
Despite its many advantages, teaching preschool does have some disadvantages that are good to be aware of. Teaching young children presents its own set of unique problems and obstacles that every preschool teacher must face. To foster a comfortable and productive learning environment for preschoolers, a teacher must understand and recognize these problems.
One of the underlying themes of any effective classroom is respect -- mutual respect between the teacher and students. Some teachers feel that that one theme is the most important determinate of success in teaching and classroom management. It is imperative that teachers recognize the importance of respect in the classroom and work to facilitate the development of a two-way street for respect. There are a variety of ways teachers can solicit respect and convey respect.
Preschoolers can act as interior designers for the day, making table settings and decorations for the Thanksgiving meal. Engage preschoolers in fun, artistic Thanksgiving activities, such as making napkin holders and place settings, turkey-themed decor, and pilgrim projects for play and display. Children will enjoy making these simple crafts and can show off their painting and drawing skills to family and guests on Thanksgiving day.
Preschoolers benefit from hand-on learning activities, and manipulatives in the classroom get them learning basic skills and increasing their motor skills. There are manipulatives for a variety of subjects, and many standard classroom toys, such as blocks and large beads, can be used as manipulatives. Make your own quite easily with foam boards cut into letters and shapes. Try these activities with your preschool students and discover just how quickly they will learn by working together.
The long winter months can become trying for preschool teachers and students alike. Busting the boredom and keeping the pent-up energy of preschool under control can create challenges. Activities that are winter-themed can help students focus their energy in a productive way while giving you a fun approach to teaching basic preschool concepts.
Parenthood is full of bittersweet moments, and sending your child off to school for the first time is one of them. It's an exciting opportunity for your child to meet new friends and learn new things, but it can be hard as a parent to let go. But going to preschool offers your child a more structured learning environment and helps build the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in higher grades and other interactions and experiences.
Child assessment tools evaluate the stages of a child's development to determine whether a child is reaching developmental milestones. If a child has not met such milestones, then the assessment may result in flags indicating more work needs to be done, but it will also determine a child's strengths. Assessment results can then be used to create an individual educational plan for teachers to use to address areas that need improvement.
Cooking classes teach academic and life skills that benefit children. Lessons about food, nutrition and cooking give children practice in addition, measuring, comparison and fractions. Children also get to practice reading, and learn valuable information about healthy food choices, where their food comes from and kitchen safety. Best of all, children who cook gain a sense of accomplishment that comes from having completed a great-tasting project.
Using flash cards is a productive and fast way to teach children basic information. Shapes, colors, animals and the alphabet are just some of the things that can be learned. Showing toddlers visual objects and using repetition is effective in gaining communication skills and enhancing the thinking process.
You can keep excited kindergarten students engaged and learning during the holiday season by incorporating a Bingo game into your activities. Kindergarten learning objectives cover a wide variety of math and language topics suitable for a Christmas Bingo game. By December, students this age have gained enough skills to ensure that a game is successful and enjoyable for students.
The United States Administration for Children and Families provides billions of dollars to national programs that provide citizens with a series of services that promote school-readiness for children ages zero to five. Preschool teaching agencies across the country receive funding and support from ACF and create local preschool programs and services for educators and parents.
Young children are constantly learning from their everyday interactions with the world. Exploring objects through touch and smell, and observing the surrounding environment all provide plenty of opportunity for development. Preschoolers are also preparing for kindergarten, and consequently pre-reading and early math skills are useful skills to develop at this age. Build on abstract concepts by engaging your child in hands-on activities to stimulate his curiosity.
Preschoolers go through many developmental changes because of the curiosity and sense of independence they acquire as they age. It's helpful to understand the concepts of these stages to make guiding them in the right direction easier. All children develop differently, but having a clear vision of why they do the things they do can enable you to make a stronger impact on their lives.
Preschoolers, like younger children, enjoy differentiating themselves from others, as well as expressing their own opinions. During the preschool years, children begin to understand other people's points of view. Using a preschool "About Me" book activity can help children learn about themselves and about one another. These books also entertain parents when the books are sent home.
Parents want preschool snacks to be nutritious, but kids want something fun and entertaining. Recipes for preschool snacks should be altered to remove common food allergens like peanuts and milk. Peanut butter, for instance, can be replaced with soy butter or sunflower butter.
Preschool teachers have the difficult job of acclimating students to a lifetime of learning and nearly two decades of classroom instruction. The roles of a preschool teacher are wide and varied. They must act as nurturers, instructors, disciplinarians and fellow explorers. Preschoolers are making a difficult transition into the outside world and it's up to preschool teachers to make that transition as healthy and painless as possible.
Moses and the burning bush is an important biblical story that you may teach in Sunday School or in regular Christian schools. Try using some of the free craft ideas available related to this story as teaching aids. The craft projects help you communicate the importance of the story and help students grasp the concept even more quickly.
Children often ask tough questions, like "Why is the sky blue?" or "Where did I come from?" The book of Genesis can be a starting point for many such discussions. According to the Bible, God created the earth, and everything in it, over a six day span. On the seventh day, He rested. Hands-on activities can engage toddlers and preschoolers, helping them to understand the concept of creation.
Give preschoolers a mealtime choice between sweet, frosted sugar cookies or a steaming plate of cheesy broccoli with carrots. Chances are the cookie will prevail over the veggies. Although parents and teachers of preschoolers know that youngsters' diets need a balance of nutritious foods each day, little children are not yet armed with the information. Begin teaching little learners about good nutrition and proper food choices through activities designed to educate kids about healthy eating.
Even if you have taught other grade levels before, teaching preschoolers is an altogether different experience. Preschoolers are children who are entering a school environment for the first time. They have ample energy and learn about the world around them by exploring their environment. Keeping preschoolers' special needs and learning habits in mind will enable you to teach them more effectively.
The number of sushi-preparation classes and schools in the U.S. has increased in tandem with its popularity. Although several types of sushi exist, certain elements, such as the style of rice, are the same in all. Sushi cooking lessons consist of instruction in the types of sushi, the traditional rice preparation and how to roll or shape the sushi.
Preschool children are usually at least three years old. They have very absorbent minds and teachers need to have well-defined objectives in order to best educate them. The children require instruction as well as ample time to develop and understand what they have learned. There are several simple objectives aimed at developing independence, responsibility, social and academic skills in preschoolers.
To be effective, tolerance has to embrace understanding and acceptance, rather than staying limited to peripheral acceptance of "putting up with." As the world moves toward a global society, tolerance and respect for other people, cultures and values becomes increasingly important. Students today must be able to forge relationships with people of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds if they want to function at work and in their personal lives. To teach tolerance, teachers must be prepared to break through prejudice, history, and indifference.
Playing outdoors is important for preschool children. It helps them to develop their muscles and coordination. It also enables them to blow off steam and use energy so they are able to work and play quietly in the classroom. Creating a safe and secure environment is a vital responsibility for the teachers and school administration so the children can play without fear of injuries.
Parents send their children to preschool with the expectation that they are in a safe, clean environment. As such, it is the responsibility of both the parent and caregiver to assess the safety of the equipment and facilities in preschool. To ensure the facilities are safe, parents and caregivers should ensure that all equipment is child-proof and presents no danger to children under ordinary use.
As a parent, you do everything for your preschool-age child, from dressing her in the morning to singing her to sleep at night. Sometimes, these efforts could seem unappreciated because she is too young to realize just how much you do for her. Teachers can illustrate this love by helping their preschool students create beautiful Valentine's Day gifts for parents that show them how much they are loved.
A well-classified bookshelf makes it easy for preschoolers to find books of interest to them. Preschool is the place where children start developing an interest and love for stories and books. Unlike a regular library that classifies books alphabetically according to the author's name and title, a preschool library uses a different system. Preschool books are often classified by different topics, such as alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, animals or feelings.
Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for teachers and students. Arizona's Department of Education has a mission to "provide leadership and resources that promote positive youth development and school safety." It does this with a state-funded school safety program and community support. Arizona schools have developed a safety checklist to make sure staff are keeping everyone safe.
When children start preschool, they begin to become more aware of their likes and dislikes. They are learning what it is like to be an individual, and that they are different in some ways from other students, but similar in other ways. One way preschool teachers can encourage children to be themselves is to have them create a book entitled "All About Me."
Bingo is a fun and educational way to teach preschoolers. Starting with the basics of numbers and letters, you can develop more complex bingo games as the children progress in their educational development. By creating your own bingo games, you can tailor the learning experience to the children's interests and to your teaching objectives.
Introducing students to various cultures while they are young will help them be open to, tolerant of and curious about people who are different from them. Teachers have ample opportunity to integrate culture in their classrooms using relatively inexpensive, interactive and entertaining methods. Students will be particularly excited to actively participate in their own education if teachers ask them to present items, such as food, clothing and music, from their families' own cultures. Asking students to share family traditions is a great way to foster open dialogue in the classroom.
Many students are nervous about going into a new classroom to meet new classmates, a new teacher and new concepts to learn in every subject. You can make the transition easier for students by providing a friendly classroom atmosphere. Arrange the room for learning, but also include some of your flair and personality and have your expectations clearly stated. The students will recognize that you have made an effort to make them feel welcome and safe in their classroom.
The human body is a miraculous structure, housing complicated biological processes that work in tandem to create movement, cognition and consciousness. Children begin to develop bodily awareness around the age of six, according to child development specialists and researchers writing for Scholastic. Developing a vocabulary for the various parts of the body and learning to identify them can accelerate a child's fine motor skills, coordination and literacy. Non-native English speakers also benefit from learning the words for the parts of the body so they can communicate locations of pain.
You want your preschooler to grow up strong and healthy, so to do this you may want to choose the healthiest snacks possible. Serve young children snacks that are nutritious, yet fun to eat, like apple slices, cheese slices and bread products with a spread like cream cheese or hummus. Avoid potential choking hazards like nuts and seeds, whole grapes or popcorn.
Preschool is a time for children between the ages of one and five to develop some of the basic skills they will build on when they enter formal schooling. There are numerous resources available for preschool teachers to make the most out of their classroom experience, both online and in print form.
Managing a classroom is no easy feat. A stern and disciplined approach can generate a defensive reaction from some students. A relaxed and easy going tactic can swiftly transform you from a teacher into a doormat. However, with a firm grasp on the fundamental ABCs of managing a classroom, you may be surprised to see the change in your students' behavior.
Adequate assessment of the growing child can help educators and parents alike to better understand how the student is developing. Using child development assessment tools in the classroom or in the home environment can help to spot developmental delays, behavioral issues and other problematic areas. There are a variety of commercial assessment tools and scales to use with children throughout the developmental continuum. These may include kits, observation rating scales, interview questionnaires and self-assessments.
Safety is one of the most important elements of a preschool classroom. Accidental injuries are one of the leading causes of death in children over the age of one, and many of these injuries can be prevented with a simple safety checklist. While children are in your classroom, their safety is your responsibility. Failure to provide a safe environment can result in more than child injury -- your business could face lawsuits and medical claims if a child is injured while attending your school.
Preschool children are full of curiosity and energy. You cannot expect to teach a preschooler while he sits still and quietly listens to you. The best way to teach students in this age group is to involve them in games and activities. When you teach preschoolers about body parts, you can do so by allowing them to get up, move around and burn some energy. This method of learning will help them to have fun while they gain knowledge about the parts of the body.
Preschool children enjoy arts and crafts projects. These projects allow children the freedom to express ideas and creativity, encourage the learning of tools like pencils and crayons and let the children to enjoy their studies without feeling like the assignment is work. During the winter months, teachers can have the class make snowmen as a art project.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that regulates workplace conditions. As licensed education facilities, preschools must abide by OSHA guidelines. Although many of OSHA's regulations apply more to factory or industrial workplaces than preschools, there are specific steps that teachers and administrators can take to make their classrooms safe for both the students and the teachers.
Preschoolers vary widely in their large, or gross, motor skills. Many 3-year-olds cannot yet hop on one foot. Most 5-year-olds, on the other hand, can ride a tricycle and navigate a playground with ease. Preschool teachers usually incorporate at least one large motor skill activity per day into their lessons to help students develop coordination.
Preschool students typically range from 3 to 5 years of age. However, some preschools accept children as young as 1 year old. The purpose of preschool is to introduce children to the world around them while promoting the development of motor skills and cognitive skills. When teaching preschool students about the winter months, the objective is to help these young minds understand the difference between seasons and educate them on what takes place during the winter.
The preschool age includes children from 3 to 5 and encompasses a time of significant development and growth. A preschool teacher plays an integral role in facilitating physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth in the students. She also faces a room full of energetic, active preschoolers each day. Keeping up with the kids takes strategic planning and effective teaching skills.
At ages 4 or 5, children should be encouraged to learn their home address and phone number in case of an emergency, especially if there is an accident or if they get separated from their parents. Activities may be introduced in the classroom and at home to focus on memorization of the child's address and phone number.
Preschool music projects should be fun, age-appropriate activities that encourage movement, verbalization and tactile discovery. Children of this age respond well to vivid colors, upbeat, easy-to-follow rhythms and musical story-telling activities that feature interesting characters. Preschool music projects are best undertaken with parents or caregivers participating in the events.
Emotional regulation is the ability of an individual to change the way he responds emotionally to a provocative situation. As in adults, emotion in children is a way of responding to a provoking stimuli or situation. While some children display their emotion through verbal aggression, crying or looking sullen or red in the face, others may withdraw into themselves. Absence of emotional regulation can lead to out-of-control behaviors. For example, a child's chronic emotional response of violent anger could become so severe that he becomes unable to maintain relationships with peers.
Teaching shapes is a fundamental learning activity for preschoolers. There are endless examples of shapes all around us, but with the short attention span of children under the age of five, the trick is finding ways to capture their attention. The diamond is a basic shape, along with squares and circles, so determining unique ways to teach it to preschoolers can be easy with a little creativity.
Positive behavior in a classroom can be difficult to maintain with preschool-aged children. Preschool children are just beginning to learn the process of self-control, and it may be more difficult for some children to grasp than others. Positive reinforcers -- rewards or incentives given to students that result in more desirable classroom behavior -- are a great way to help children learn self-control and promote overall positive behavior in the classroom.
Children are assessed for a variety of reasons ranging from childhood learning to happiness and well-being. Specialists assess children at early ages to determine whether they are developing in a healthy manner, which helps professionals know if students will need more assistance when they attend school and other programs. Later on, educators need assessment methods to determine whether students are ready to move on to the next grade level.
There are playgrounds at preschools throughout California, and according to the state's code of regulations, such playgrounds have to adhere to safety measures that are controlled at the federal level. In addition, all playgrounds in the state have to undergo a safety inspection before preschoolers are allowed to play on them.
The yellow safety signs that can be found along our roadways help keep motorists and pedestrians safe. Teaching young children what each type of yellow sign signifies helps them learn about rules, as well as safety. Even children who cannot read can learn to determine what a safety sign is telling them based on its color and shape.
Use piñata activities to teach children about a certain holiday, celebrate a birthday or as a reward for good behavior. It is easy an project that preschoolers can perform with a little help. When it is time to paint and decorate the piñata, let the children be creative with paints, markers, and streamers.
Preschools have two basic types of teaching methods: teacher-centered or child-centered. All preschools use a theoretical foundation, and all curriculum is based upon this foundation. Lessons and activities are all created according to this foundation. Different curriculum approaches work with different children. It is important to address the needs and skills of the child when picking a preschool.
Preschool is an important time in a child's development. When the mind is young, it is highly malleable and absorbs information constantly. Stimulating classroom activities are vital for ensuring children want to learn as they continue their educational process, and they have the necessary skills on which to build a solid knowledge foundation.
Small, or fine, motor skills are the more intricate, finger and hand coordination abilities that children develop throughout their early years. According to the Healthy Children website of the American Academy of Pediatrics, preschool children should have fine motor skills that include the ability to draw simple shapes and letters and to cut with scissors. Help the children in your classroom to hone these skills through the use of manipulatives and group activities.
By the age of seven, most children are ready to learn the basics of percussion instruments. Motor skills and coordination are developed enough to learn basic rhythm, tap their foot to music and take an interest in percussion instruments. An effective teacher often leads to a child's lifelong appreciation and love for percussion instruments and music in general.
Safety is a very important topic to teach young children. Whether you're teaching about stranger danger, what to do in an emergency or how to dial 9-1-1, you want to make sure each child understands what you're saying -- which can get a little tricky for kids as young as preschoolers. To engage and teach preschoolers about safety, you'll have to get a little creative. But there are a few things that you can do to ensure they understand the lesson and learn about safety.
Preschoolers learn through actively exploring their world, so the most useful assessment tools for them are interactive, play-based and those that allow for flexibility. Although psychologists and other specialists may use diagnostic screening tests to determine the cause of a developmental delay, most assessments in the classroom are used to determine children's strengths and weaknesses, learning preferences and record progress. You can use a variety of assessment tools many times over the course of a year for the most accurate, well-rounded picture of a child's development.
In today's global culture, it is becoming increasingly imperative to expose children to diversity at an early age. Diversity, to put it simply, teaches children that their experience of the world is not the only experience. Diversity can be taught from many angles: race, age, religion, family structure, country of origin, language, and ability. And a culturally diverse preschool class will incorporate all of these.
Safety signs are designed to make people can be aware of hazard situations as well as to provide instructions for people to follow. Learning about signs and sign safety starts in preschool in order to promote safety. Activities like games, puzzles and matching games can promote knowledge about safety signs and following rules.
The preschool classroom offers entertainment as well as education for young children just beginning their educational experience. Preschool classrooms have multiple areas for development that need a variety of materials to foster creativity, motor skills, self-expression, scientific learning, reading, courtesy, art and drama. These areas make it easy for children to learn and pick what activities they like the most. Ideally, the preschool classroom checklist contains all of these items to create these special areas.
Before attempting to open a preschool, do some research. Investigate how many preschools are already open in your area and how much each school charges. Does your area have a need for another preschool? Ask local preschools about their enrollment. Do they have wait lists or do they have several open slots, which could indicate a lack of demand. Research county laws as well as your state laws regarding licensing rules. Start small and give yourself at least one year to find a site, obtain a license and insurance, hire staff and enroll children.
Preschoolers are learning lessons about letters, numbers, socializing and their world. Often all these lessons happen within the confines of one room. Children this age can be distracted and messy, so the toys will be spread all throughout the room if it's not organized. To differentiate areas, place a different colored rug in each area. Explain that the toys found in one area should stay in that area at all times.
Small children typically love telling stories, and the rhymes in nursery rhymes make remembering the stories easier. These children often enjoy the short stories and love to repeat them over and over. Adding finger puppets to familiar stories allows the children to incorporate role play. Printable finger puppets provide amusement for the child with very little additional work needed, but do-it-yourself finger puppets can also be easy.
Hand washing is an important part of everyday life. Not only does make our hands look clean, but it washes away germs and bacteria, helping to prevent the spread of illness. Teaching children how to wash their hands appropriately at an early age will help them make it a life-long routine. To teach children how to wash their hands, employ the use of songs and fun foam soaps.
For preschoolers with ADD, learning lessons of all types, including the basic ABCs, can prove to be challenging. Because these children cannot focus as readily as others, they struggle to remain attentive in class and acquire this content knowledge. By modifying your teaching plan a bit, you can increase the effectiveness of your efforts to educate higher-than-normal energy learners.
While there has been debate among educators about the effectiveness of teaching tolerance in the classroom, there are some techniques you can use to help children become more tolerant of those who are different from them. Playing games, doing role-play activities and giving examples of situations students might find themselves in can all help foster an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.
Setting up and running a summer day camp for kids is not an easy task. With a bit of planning and time to set up, though, you can get your camp program for kids running smoothly. Organization is the key to running an engaging camp program that will keep kids happy and busy all throughout the summer. Setting up small group play areas for your summer camp program is a task best done before the children arrive.
Learning to count money is an essential skill that can be learned online. Look at both coins and paperback money because both are used in everyday transactions. It is challenging to starting counting both dollars and cents, so it is helpful to start out counting just one of these currency types. There are several online games to help you practice counting money.
Teaching children to cook provides lifelong benefits. Children who can prepare snacks and meals don't have to rely on fast food and processed foods to satisfy their appetites. And new college students who know their way around a kitchen can avoid gaining the dreaded Freshman 15 --- the extra weight college students often pack on when Mom's not around to provide wholesome foods. When instructing children, it's important to offer age-appropriate lessons. The book "Home Learning Year by Year" by Rebecca Rupp can help instructors design lessons for children in preschool through grade 12.
While most preschools make reading books a priority, creating books can be just as helpful in developing literacy skills in children. According to Scholastic's "Getting Ready to Read," any activities that actively involve children with books, letters and sounds will benefit pre-reading skills. Preschools that use time and creativity to make their own books will find their students are motivated to read, and their confidence will grow as a result of contributing to a preschool book.
Proper hygiene is important for reducing germs and bacteria. Handwashing is the best method to prevent diseases from spreading, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Handwashing is an important first step to keeping young children healthy. Teaching children handwashing in preschool will help them practice this positive habit throughout their lives. Preschoolers should be taught to wash their hands after using the rest room, after they sneeze and before they eat.
Preschoolers are in the business of exploring the world around them. They are curious and interested in everything. At the young age of 3 or 4, a child needs to start learning about safety in her environment. This not only prevent scrapes and bruises, but it also prevents major injuries and death and sometimes even kidnapping. Making a book on safety for preschool can be a great activity for parents and children to work on together.
People who can work with, understand and appreciate those who are different can succeed in life and the business world. Parents and teachers can work together to teach children and young adults tolerance. When parents support and affirm the need for tolerance in the classroom, students and teachers can create a classroom that shows respect for everyone.
Setting up a preschool playground requires the foresight to know what accidents could happen. Setting up an enticing playground requires equipment and decorations to create an inviting child environment. Safety and fun can be married to create an environment where educator and child feel nourished and secure. Children need movement to feel complete in their day, and together the educator and child can utilize a properly constructed playground for both safety and fun.
Learning to count money is a valuable skill for children, one they will carry on with them to adulthood. Children may learn to count money in school, but there are many ways you can reinforce it in the home, giving them as many practical examples as possible. When teaching your children how to count money, always make sure to keep it fun and light so they enjoy gaining this skill.
Bringing drums into your elementary classroom can have many positive influences. You can incorporate lessons about counting into music time by having children count out a beat on their drums. To encourage teamwork and cooperation, have children team up to play their instruments together. Drumming is also an activity that nearly all children can try, regardless of their physical limitations. Have children create their own drums from beginning to end, or make them yourself. When your students discover their new instruments, they'll be itching to make music.
When children are young they naturally gravitate to household items that make a loud noise. Children bang pots and pans with a spoon, just like playing on a drum. Rhythm instruments in the classroom encourage fun, physical movement even if it is simply shaking maracas. Playing a rhythm instrument shows children the importance of collaborative playing in an orchestra. That triangle or drum could set a child off on a lifetime's love of music.
Assessment tools allow parents, guardians, and educators to evaluate how a child is developing. These assessment tools might evaluate the physical, verbal, intellectual, social and emotional aspects of a child's development. Usually these assessments are given by an assessment specialist or childhood professionals, like child psychologists, language specialists or pediatricians.
Child assessment tools are vast and varied. Children can be tested scholastically as well as emotionally, behaviorally and physically. The type of assessment conducted depends on the type of results the tester is attempting to observe. These tests can be used independently, but produce wider results when used in combination with each other.
With an increased awareness of bullying, many teachers and administrators are searching for ways to alert children to their differences and to encourage them to accept others for who they are. These activities work to create a peaceful school environment and help students see how they can help and accept others. These ideas can be modified to fit many different grade levels.
Teaching children requires you to work with a wide range of ability and knowledge levels to ensure that the needs of each child are met. It is important to make sure that students are all reaching their potential and striving to enhance and improve their learning abilities. Enhancing children's learning abilities takes time and patience, as most students do not see a leap in skills and ability instantaneously.
A russet apple is one that has skin with an area color different from the rest of the apple. The area also has a rough texture. The term "russet apple" does not refer to any particular type or species of apple, just its appearance and texture.
Adults, both parents and teachers, should take responsibility to teach street safety to the kids in their care. Educated children will be safer when walking down the street, crossing the street (even with a parent) and playing near the street. If you make lessons fun for kids, they will be more likely to internalize the safety rules you want to impart.
For elementary students, having something to touch when they are learning to count, add, subtract, multiply and divide can mean the difference between understanding the concept or operation and not. Using cheap and readily available materials, you can create homemade manipulatives to help your students grasp the mathematical concepts you are teaching.
Teaching kids about bugs and insects can sometimes be tough, especially when you're working with a large group of kids. A few of them will probably love bugs and a few will most likely be afraid of them. No matter what age group of kids you're working with, these dramatic play activities will get your students up and about, learning about bugs and each other at the same time.
Every year, over 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms because of playground injuries, according to the website Kids Health. For preschool children, from two to five, safety and supervision are paramount. The Consumer Product Safety Commission publication, Handbook for Public Playground Safety (1992), lists guidelines on playground design, but compliance is largely voluntary and varies from state to state.
According to Scholastic's website, birth to age 8 is a crucial time for developing literacy. Preschool teachers should use pictures, text and play to instill awareness of how the printed word relates to ideas and stories. Having students create their own books in class helps them in this area. Students learn about the physical make-up of a book, and they can use pictures (and words, if age-appropriate) to express ideas and discuss their creation with classmates.
Food groups for preschoolers now extend well beyond the simple four food groups, which most adults learned in school. They have now been divided into a full pyramid. Preschoolers should now follow the same food pyramid guidelines as adults. These guidelines are known as MyPyramid and are designed by the United States Department of Agriculture . Their recommendations are based on an 1800-calorie diet.
Creating a website for your preschool offers numerous benefits to the community, including convenient, quick and around-the-clock distribution of information about the preschool, details about the preschool for prospective students and their families, educational resources and links, and contact information for those who may have questions. A preschool website also provides a forum for sharing ideas and support for caregivers, teachers and other interested individuals.
Children not only acquire socialization skills, such as how to share and how to get along with others, in preschool, but they are also introduced to basic academic skills, such as recognizing letters, colors and shapes, according to the "Parents Magazine" website. However, implementing a high-quality preschool program that ensures children are ready for grade school takes funding. There are grant sources throughout the nation that financially support early-childhood education programs.
A preschool aide may work in a team with one or more lead teachers as well as other aides. She needs to take direction from the lead teacher to keep the classroom running smoothly and should be patient and work well with others.
Although it is normal for children to achieve developmental milestones at slightly different ages, the Child Behavior Checklist developed by Thomas M. Achenbach provides a quantifiable method of identifying deviant behavior in preschool students. A teacher, care provider or parent scores the child on six internal and external behavioral categories. Scores are then evaluated by a doctor, psychologist or teacher to determine whether medical or educational intervention is needed.
The overall objective of preschool education is to prepare children for kindergarten and their school career. Although techniques and activities vary among preschool programs, the same overriding objectives are present in any reputable preschool program. These objectives range from social and emotional adjustment to developing healthy self care habits.
Doing art projects is not only fun for your preschooler, but it teaches him important skills. Art encourages children to be creative and to use their imaginations. Additionally, activities such as drawing, coloring, cutting and gluing will help develop fine motor skills. If you are stuck for art ideas there is a wealth of resources available in books about art for preschoolers.
The thought of rounding up a class full of preschoolers and marching into the kitchen for a morning of cooking lessons may present a less-than-perfect picture in your mind's eye. Sure, little ones need extra supervision in the kitchen, but cooking with kids can be a pleasure when the activity is approached with plenty of preparation and realistic expectations. Preschoolers' first culinary creations can be as simple as stringing soft watermelon chunks onto drinking straws or lining rows of colored candies across frosted sugar cookies. Let them spread pizza sauce on small prepared crusts and top them with cheese and…
During the preschool years (generally six months to five years old) teachers and parents need to assess the language skills of their children to detect any learning or speech disabilities early before they progress. This can be done by a parent, speech therapist or psychologist specializing in early childhood; however, these tests are generally administered by teachers in the classroom setting.
Preschool playgrounds can be dangerous for your child if safety is not an issue. Children can fall, get entangled, be strangled, and be struck by moving parts. It is important to follow playground safety by maintaining safe equipment for preschoolers to play on in a safe, supervised environment.
It is difficult to find grants specifically intended for starting a preschool. However, if you are serious about starting a preschool and are persistent, you should be able to obtain funds. As long as you apply on time and follow the proper application procedures, you should be able to obtain money from one organization or more.
After the Christmas excitement has passed and the resulting January bills roll in, parents can be reluctant to spend a lot on Valentine's Day crafts. If store-bought craft kits don't fit into your February budget, consider making Valentines with children, from inexpensive supplies that still deliver heart-warming results.
Preschoolers at home, a preschool or in a daycare setting need to eat healthy foods. Snack time is typically at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, or both. In a daycare or school-like setting, healthy meals and snacks are required for young children, as are portion sizes. Fun low-fat snacks will help children develop healthier eating habits. Adults can offer low-fat foods in interesting and unusual ways to entice children to at least try a bite or two.
Preschoolers are inquisitive sponges soaking up the knowledge of the world around them. Teach preschoolers about other countries by providing concrete images and concepts that are easy to remember and understand. To teach about Australia focus on one or two animals, read children's books about Australia and plan extra activities to emphasis the sensory experiences associated with Australia such as food or musical instrument making. Remember to relate the new information to things the children are already familiar with, such as comparing playing flutes and horns in the United States to playing didgeridoos in Australia.
A preschooler with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) needs a lot of attention from his parent on a day-to-day basis. Most young children have an excessive amount on energy, but ADHD preschoolers have a hard time focusing and paying attention to details. Parents are able to help their ADHD child by making and implementing a detailed schedule each day.
Health and safety policies are of utmost importance for all preschools. Specific regulations set by states help to maintain a protective environment in which young children can grow and flourish. The Florida Department of Children and Families regulates licensing policies for in-state preschools and enforces the Florida Statutes and Administrative Code that dictate mandatory class sizes and staff-to-child ratios.
Preschool is a unique experience for kids. It is intended for kids age 3-6. During these years, kids' cognitive skills are developing. They are also learning a lot about how to problem-solve, about social conflict and about respecting teacher authority. Some kids have more trouble following rules than others. Help them get over that hump by providing a special behavior chart. It needs to be simple enough for a child to read. It should also be appealing, to keep the kids motivated. Making your own behavior chart is easy. You can even make one that can be used again.
Preschoolers learn through hands-on experiences. Tactile, sensory activities build vocabulary and develop a better understanding of the world for preschoolers. Exploring textures through books and toys allows a preschool child to make sense of common objects and relate to new experiences. For example a cotton ball is fuzzy and soft. The child can apply this sensory experience to a new event ,like touching a rabbit or chick at a petting zoo.
Grants for ESL (English as a Second Language) Preschools may come from private organizations or from churches. Depending on its area, preschools may also be able to get grants based on its location in a low income area or its specific use for teaching ESL students.
Apples are the most popular fruit in America. Apples are used in baking, cooking and for eating. There are several parts to an apple: the skin, the stem, the flesh and the core. Apples are known for their sweet flavor; however, some apples such as Granny Smiths are sour and used in the production of pies. Having information on the parts of an apple will help you understand the fruit in greater detail.
Riding a bicycle is a life long skill that promotes fitness, independence, and environmental awareness. Even though most preschoolers are too young to ride a two-wheeler themselves, it is never too early to start teaching safety and the right ways to go about being a bicyclist. Remember when working with preschool aged children, attention spans may be short, so working all of this into a fun environment or game is important.
Making Biblical crafts with children helps teach them the Biblical stories and values in a concrete way that they can easily remember. Younger children may require a little more assistance with some steps in the projects, but it's important that they are actively involved in the creative process if they are to benefit from the activity.
Preschool is a time of discovery and investigation, as children begin learning about the world that surrounds them. Arts and crafts activities provide preschool children with fun learning opportunities. From crafts, they learn how to follow instructions and make decisions, while improving shape and color recognition, developing motor skills, and earning a sense of accomplishment.
Craft making frequently occurs in preschool classrooms. Through craft making, children learn colors and shapes, develop their fine motor skills and concentration, make investigations and learn how to creatively express themselves. Paper plates are a common medium to use for creating crafts, as they are easy to manipulate and can be turned into a multitude of things.
The Creative Curriculum is a project-based program that encourages child development in all areas through teacher-led small and large group activities. The curriculum provides tools for ongoing online assessment, parent involvement and participation, professional development and how to set up the classroom around eleven interest areas. The curriculum design encourages social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development as well as enhancing skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology.
Preschool-age children are naturally curious about everything in the home and in the daycare setting, including electrical sockets, cords and plugs, and computers, televisions and other appliances that are run by electricity. Toddlers can be taught the dangers of electricity and how to stay safe. Warn preschoolers of the dangers associated with electrical use, and set good examples around home and school.
If your child will soon enter preschool, it is likely you'll want to know more about options that will make your child's tuition more affordable. While most people associate scholarships with a college education, there are a number of scholarships you can apply for that will lower the cost of your little one's preschool education.
As state and local government budgets are cut due to the continuing economic crisis, schools are competing for the small amount of funds that are still available. For those running a public or private preschool, there are funds available in the form of grants but the application process is lengthy and often filled with rejections. Knowing where to look and what to expect during the process will make it easier and more likely to be successful in obtaining a grant for preschools.
Fire Prevention Week is the first week of October, and preschool teachers around the country look for new ways to use this time to educate their students on fire safety through arts and crafts. One way is to have the students make their own fireman's hats to wear proudly at school and home with this project from the Texas State Library website.
Create kites with preschoolers using basic materials and some creativity. Learning about shapes, creating them with crayons and then cutting them out with scissors encourage fine motor skills and shape recognition. Kids also enjoy flying their own handmade kites and can experiment with basic kite construction.
Preschools and other early childhood education/child care centers are often required to follow specific licensing rules and regulations dictated by the state of operation. These may include staff qualifications, staff to child ratios, emergency policies, record keeping, and other related administrative areas. In the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Human Services licenses all preschools/child care centers to ensure that safety and health regulations are met.
In many ways, teaching preschoolers with Down Syndrome is similar to teaching students without it. However, students with Down Syndrome do provide unique challenges to the preschool teacher. They will learn things at a slower pace than other students, may be more easily distracted and have problems with listening and speech development. Whether you are teaching an integrated classroom with just one student with Down Syndrome or a classroom of students who all have the illness, you can plan your lessons to accommodate their needs.
The typical preschool art curriculum centers on the child’s creative process as a means of self-expression and discovering sensory properties of the art materials. The teacher offers children a wide range of art supplies and encourages open-ended use of the materials. The teacher facilitates art activities designed to promote children’s physical, cognitive, social and language development. Art experiences appear interwoven throughout other learning opportunities.
Teaching number recognition in preschool may seem challenging, at first. Preschool-age students have a short attention span, and usually do better with hands-on learning. This means you will have to find a way to keep the students interested in numbers long enough for them to learn them. According to the U.S. Department of Education, counting things on a daily basis will help students connect a written number with items that number represents. Use a variety of activities with the preschoolers to teach them number recognition. You will be surprised how fast they can pick it up.
September may be the first month that some preschoolers ever go to school. Welcome them, and students who have attended school before, with crafts that relate to the month of September. Between back-to-school themes and the special days that fall within this month, you shouldn't have any problem finding something that your students will enjoy.
Preschool is the ideal environment to foster children's developing social skills. By the time they reach an elementary classroom, students will ideally understand the basics of paying attention to the teacher and getting along with others. Preschool is a useful setting for children to develop confidence, find playmates and learn communication skills that will help them thrive in the outside world.
Create a stimulating and educational activity with preschool students by planning and planting a garden. Learning how plants grow is exciting for young children; being a part of the process from seed to eating the grown fruits and vegetables is enjoyable and educational. Encourage children to use their creativity and plant knowledge to help design and organize their garden.
Preschool teachers enjoy many days full of hugs, laughter and glitter. A casual and happy class becomes that way through a teacher's careful planning. Challenges can arise in the preschool classroom when a teacher is unprepared or disorganized. Scheduling a busy day is not a guarantee that kids will get the most from the days' lesson. Strive to provide the best possible classroom environment so your class runs smoothly.
Tolerance is a skill that proves useful in many situations. By teaching impressionable preschoolers that they must be tolerant of others, teachers can promote respect within the classroom and encourage their pupils to be polite and conscientious citizens. Preschool tolerance lessons do not have to be complex or overly serious in nature, but can instead provide these young learners with information about this topic in an engaging and non-confrontational manner to help familiarize them with the content and prepare them for future discussions that they may have about the issue.
The ability to recognize color is not only important for getting dressed and driving, it's also the foundation of many primary grade learning activities and experiences. But you can't exactly have your 2- or 3-year-old sit still and memorize color flashcards to help in learn. In addition to pointing out colors during your daily activities, reading preschool books about colors can also help your young child memorize colors.
Weather is an easily observable phenomenon, making it an ideal topic of study for any preschool class. Teaching simple weather concepts helps developing learners to be more observant of their surroundings and to look for the science behind what they see. Many books about weather can be educationally enriching. The books on this list are only a small portion of the titles available.
A preschool teacher typically instructs children ages 3 to 5, utilizing learning through play, song, stories and interactive activities. This curriculum provides children with a foundation for K-12 education. Students spend their days working in teams on tasks, playing rhyming games and counting and building blocks, among other activities. Teaching preschool requires specialized training in early childhood development, an enthusiasm for working with young children and classroom management skills.
Getting the attention of excited and wiggly preschoolers can be a challenge. A brightly illustrated book about a part of nature that fascinates them---bugs---may be in order. Whether you are teaching a theme unit on insects and arachnids or simply want to build a text set of fun bug books, there are plenty of titles from which to choose.
Instilling good hygiene at a young age can serve a child throughout a lifetime. Because handwashing is instrumental for removing harmful germs and bacteria, learning to wash hands properly will teach children some basics of personal hygiene. Teach handwashing to preschoolers to ensure they wash thoroughly and wash for long enough. Make the lesson enjoyable so they will carry out proper handwashing techniques every time and reduce the incidence of illness.
Preschool is designed to prepare four-year olds (and sometimes three-year olds) for kindergarten. Preschool programs introduce students to concepts and skills necessary for future academic success. According to a study of 5,000 preschoolers in 1,800 schools by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, preschool at age 4 will affect how a child learns at age 7.
Daycares provide care to young children 5 years old and younger. They are a home away from home for children while parents work, attend college or are in need of time to themselves. Many daycares choose to use preschool curriculum to educate the children. Preschool curriculum will engage the children with age appropriate activities.
Research has provided solid evidence that young children who participate in music lessons show different brain development and improved memory compared to children who do not take music lessons. Research has further concluded that after just four months of lessons, children (ages 4 to 6) show improved memory skills. Studies of the brain response to music has shown a peak level of activity on MRI scans. These findings have resulted in the marketing of classical music for young children in the form of CDs and videos.
As a parent, leaving your preschool-age children with strangers while you go to work every day can be a nerve-wracking experience. You want to know that your toddler is safe and protected in the company of qualified and caring adults. So, before you enroll your precious little one in a preschool, make sure that the school is safe for her to attend.
In today's world, it is imperative that educators keep students engaged and incorporate opportunities for exposure and proficiency with technology. This exposure should begin as early as preschool so that students are prepared for Smart classrooms and individual computer activities that may be encountered during the course of their education.
Preschoolers thrive on structure and being taught new things. Children at this age need to learn not only academics but areas such as proper hygiene and table manners. This can seem overwhelming to someone teaching preschool as there is so much that the children need to be taught and only a short amount of time in which to do it. To make the preschoolers' and their teacher's day flow smoothly with structure, a teaching schedule needs to be developed.
Role-play allows preschoolers to be someone else. It helps them to build knowledge of the different roles that people can play in the world. In a preschool, you should build a role-play center that has many different items, giving students a broader choice for who they want to be today. You don't have to rely on pre-made costumes, though they can be convenient--every day clothes can also encourage role-playing. Use accessories along with these clothing items.
Having the proper learning materials when you are teaching preschool is absolutely essential. Preschool-aged students need a combination of hands-on manipulatives and printouts. Finding printable preschool materials may be easier than you think. You just need to know where to look to find them. Learning materials don't have to only consist of worksheets. You can find fingerplays, cutting practice, coloring pages and puzzles online. Find and print what you need for your preschoolers.
While counting money is generally taught in kindergarten or first grade, preschool children who have learned to count are also able to begin counting money. Counting money can make a child feel older, more responsible and provide a general sense of satisfaction when the task is completed. Giving children a weekly allowance, counting it with them and encouraging responsible saving and spending habits can benefit children into adulthood.
The simple lessons learned in preschool are vital to students as they are built upon in the years that follow. By working hard to provide their students with a quality education, preschool teachers can help build a foundation on which future learning can be placed. When planning your preschool curriculum, make enhancements to your classroom and curriculum to ensure that the education that your students receive is as effective as possible.
The most effective way for preschool-aged children to assimilate knowledge is by being physically involved in the learning process. Everything Preschool maintains that "children learn by doing," so when trying to teach body parts, teachers can incorporate the topic into several lessons and demonstrations to make the learning fun, easy and memorable.
In a classroom of 20 or more students, you are sure to have more than a couple birthdays come along in a school year. These small celebrations usually include singing the traditional "Happy Birthday" song to the student whose special day is being recognized. After the first couple, the event loses its charm. Try using a different song to put the zing back in the special day.
Understanding a preschooler's artwork takes time, individualized interactions and careful psychological analysis. Providing one-on-one time with the child who created the art creates an open line of communication. After listening to the child's explanations, an analysis of the details including subject matter and color choice offers insight into understanding preschool art. A final discussion reiterating what the child has said confirms the analysis without leading the preschooler to agree to the adult's suggestive comments.
Art in preschool is about exploration of color, texture and medium. Preschoolers should be introduced to painting, clay and collage art activities and allowed to explore these mediums frequently. At this age, children may just be beginning to use scissors and are learning how to use the small muscles of the hands to accurately manipulate pencils and other small objects. Utilize art activities to explore other curriculum areas such as weather or seasons. Incorporate examples of sculptures and paintings done by local artists or masters to show students various styles of art.
Physical activity is a very important tool in fighting childhood obesity. Although playing outside is a great way to enhance physical activity, improperly maintained playgrounds can pose dangers to small children. Preschool workers must continuously check outdoor play equipment for safety.
Using a teaching method at the preschool level may seem trivial to some because youngsters just seem to want to play all the time. Ensuring that preschoolers receive the correct instruction sets them up for learning for years to come. Convergent and divergent teaching methods are parts of teaching at the preschool level and both play an important role in a child's development
Preschoolers are curious about the people, places and things in their surroundings. Natural curiosity can lead them to ask questions about situations they've never encountered. This includes questions about the handicaps people have. Although it can be challenging to provide appropriate answers to tough questions, failing to do so can discourage preschoolers from being inquisitive. It can also keep them from learning important lessons regarding good manners.
Estimation is an abstract concept that can be difficult for preschoolers to grasp. To make it easier, teachers should use concrete materials for hands-on activities in a whole-group setting. The teacher should also model the procedure for the students as well as incorporate fun and learning.
Preschoolers can make paper cup drums by covering a paper cup with wax paper, which can then be secured at the top of the cup with a rubber band. Learn about decorating paper cup drums with help from a preschool teacher in this free video on preschool crafts.
Easy crafts for preschoolers to make for Valentine's Day can be done with construction paper, markers, crayons, stickers, glue and glitter. Get preschoolers to be creative with help from a preschool teacher in this free video on preschool Valentine's Day crafts.
Teaching preschool can be a rewarding career if you like working with small children. Preschool typically is for three- and four-year-olds. It is their first exposure to the world of school and group learning. You need to have much patience as you teach your young charges basic things like counting, fastening a button or just saying please and thank-you. The median pay for a preschool teacher is $30,542.00 according to the Economic Research Institute. Here are steps to help you obtain your preschool permit.
Teaching preschoolers about the seasons and about weather can be tricky unless you have an accompanying activity to stimulate their minds and keep them engaged. For lessons about snow and winter, consider making snowmen. Snowmen are easy to make and provide opportunities to explain concepts such as snow, cold and winter to the preschoolers. In addition, you can teach lessons about shapes and numbers as the children build and decorate their own snowmen.
Create simple napkin ring holders to decorate tables for any occasion using using basic materials and your preschoolers' creativity. Making your own napkin holders with children is a great way to include them in decorating for a special holiday or celebration. Using recycled materials puts items to use that might have ended up in the trash, helping teach kids about conserving resources.
Bead projects help preschool students improve their fine motor skills. Stringing beads takes hand-eye coordination which most preschool students are beginning to master. Bead projects work well at home or in a preschool classroom setting. They make ideal learning center activities or whole class projects.
Whether playing outside or traveling to and from school or around the neighborhood, children need to be educated about street signs. Use key symbols to teach them while they are in preschool.
Preschoolers are just starting to learn how to count on their own, which is a great time to introduce the concept of counting by 10s. Some preschoolers may not grasp the math concept of counting by 10s until later, but math activities that introduce counting are fun and interesting to preschoolers.
Preschool sets the tone for a child's education throughout his or her adult life. That said, it is important to provide children with effective strategies for behavior and social interaction so that the child learns to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate displays of behavior. There are many resources available for preschool instructors on three different levels: local, Internet-based and print-based. Each level provides different perspectives and support for those attempting to design their own preschool behavior program.
Preschool is the time when children first begin to develop a love of books. Preschool children already have their own tastes, and a well-organized library can help kids to find books that interest them and to develop their reading skills.
Although they are not yet able to spell or write clearly, preschoolers can benefit greatly from keeping a journal. When used each day, children will get into the routine of filling out a journal page and can develop a sense of pride in the work they create. Using a journal also can help them develop creativity and language skills and encourage them to record their thoughts and emotions.
A discovery box can be a shoebox, drawer, set of drawers or a trunk used to hold artifacts or trinkets that represent a particular topic or field of study. Preschool discovery boxes can also be solid squares with an activity attached to each side of the square. The purpose of a preschool discovery box is to teach color and shape recognition, counting and matching, fine motor skills, cognitive development and tactile exploration.
A fun and educational way to teach preschoolers numbers and letters is to create homemade bingo cards and enjoy a game with a group of students. Bingo cards can be created easily with basic materials. The cards can be used over and over again with preschoolers to enforce classroom learning.
An assessment portfolio is a great way to document a child’s progress in preschool. Because much of a child's learning is through play, it can often be difficult to monitor subtle changes through observation alone. Four key areas to a child’s development may be recorded in an assessment portfolio. These include physical and motor development, social and emotional development, logical and mathematical development and literacy development.
By preschool, children can start moving away from finger foods and begin eating with proper utensils. Modeling good eating behaviors is important for children, as they learn to eat properly by watching adults. Place your preschoolers' utensils near their plates so they can use them appropriately while they eat.
Creating homemade fine-motor-skill manipulatives for fun games and exploration is a great way to teach preschoolers they can do things with their hands. With some creativity and a few basic materials, these fine-motor-skills manipulatives can be used effectively with children in the classroom or at home.
Being on the playground is a time for preschool children to touch the clouds on swings, fly down the slides or climb on the monkey bars. Adults can ensure this happens safely by following a list of playground equipment requirements.
Raising a child with cerebral palsy (CP), a neurological disorder that effects body movement and muscle coordination, commonly challenges parents. Symptoms of CP, like poor balance, difficulty communicating, and weakened muscle tone, can leave parents of a cerebral palsy child worried about the child's safety.
Valentine's Day is a special day for kids and also an opportunity for teachers, parents and other adults to give their preschool students and kids a small gift to show they care. By creating a special homemade item or purchasing an inexpensive gift, teachers or other adults can share with their preschool kids the gift of giving on Valentine's Day.
Indoor play areas are very important for preschool students, because children between the ages of 3 and 6 need to have play that is educational. Good indoor play areas encompass fine motor skills, gross motor skills and social skills. It is important to build indoor play areas that meet your students' needs. Gera Jacobs, early childhood education instructor at the University of South Dakota, has developed a process for building indoor play areas.
Water drums were first used by Native Americans during religious and ceremonial practices to keep time with tribal songs. In Native American culture, it is one of the more respected instruments used by Native Americans due to its unique ability to change sounds. The pitch and tune of the drum changes based on the amount of water placed inside the drum before each use. The creation of a water drum in a preschool is a great craft idea to teach children how to make music from basic household materials, while also providing a brief lesson on the music of a…
Preschoolers love the fresh air and active play that is possible on a playground. Outdoor play areas allow young kids to stretch their legs and improve their motor skills through a variety of play situations. Safety tops the list of concerns when building a preschool playground. Keeping the kids safe while playing requires careful planning of the playground. Other considerations also play into the building process. A stimulating environment with play features that meet the developmental needs of the preschoolers is important.
Preschool children love music, whether they are reciting their favorite tune or moving along to the beat of a drum. While they may not realize the effects of music, it provides many valuable benefits in their development.
Finger painting is a great project for preschool students. Finger paints are great for enhancing fine motor skills and teaching concepts like colors and shapes. You can purchase finger paints at a teacher or craft store, but it is also easy and inexpensive to make your own. When you make your own paints, you can add the colors and textures that you want. You also know what is in the paints so you do not have to worry about young children who might still be tempted to taste them. The grainy textured finger paints work well for all kinds of…
Puppets can be a fun and educational addition to a preschool classroom. Teachers and students can make and use them. Use of puppets in preschool promotes better student involvement and deeper learning.
Children are strapped into a safety belt from the time of their very first car trips. However, even though this precaution is second nature to them, they may not understand how important it is. Teaching seat belt safety to preschoolers can be a bit tricky. The goal is to convey the vital function of the safety belt without frightening the young child to the point where he starts avoiding car travel.
Preschoolers are naturally curious about their surroundings and often notice patterns on their own. Teachers and parents can create opportunities and activities for them that reinforce their observations. The best thing about teaching patterns is that you can use materials already at home and in the classroom.
Night and day are important concepts to teach preschoolers. Lessons about the sun can include information about how it affects light and darkness, as well as human and animal activity. Learning about nighttime and daytime works as a precursor to introducing preschoolers to calendars and other methods of tracking time. Use games, songs, books and science experiments to explore the differences between the different times of day and the sun and the moon.
ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is characterized by the seeming inability to focus on tasks, combined with a hyperactive demeanor. ADHD behaviors commonly become obvious when children begin preschool, when they are required to participate in a classroom setting. ADHD preschoolers can be helped without the use of heavy medications.
One of the first things young children need to learn is their telephone number, along with their address and the name of their parents. Remembering a seven-digit (or ten, with the area code) string of numbers, however, can be difficult for a preschooler who is just learning to count. Help the children in your preschool class memorize their telephone numbers by engaging in some fun but educational activities designed to teach the students their phone numbers and help the students remember them.
Preschool students are just learning the skills needed for online games. They are developing the fine motor skills needed to use the mouse properly and are beginning to recognize enough letters to be able to use the keyboard effectively. As long as the online programs they are using are geared toward preschool skills, such as number, shape and letter recognition, online learning can be very effective for this age group.
Instead of than sending your child to preschool, you might choose to teach preschool at home. Many parents choose this option for their child's early education. Preschool at home has many benefits but some drawbacks.
Preschool programs set the educational course for young children. Typically encompassing the 3- to 5-year-old range, preschools engage the young participants in active learning situations. Learning in a preschool setting takes many forms and serves more than just academic purposes. These programs encourage growth of children in all areas of development, from emotional to physical.
Preschool education, also known as early childhood education under the federal education act called "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB), is a category of teaching that historically has been viewed as a form of child care rather than formal education. With the passage of NCLB, schools were mandated to hire the best-qualified teachers to instruct students ages 2 through 5. Budget problems, lack of available classrooms and a shortage of college-trained early childhood teaching professionals have delayed total implementation of the federal requirements, but most states have passed basic licensing standards.
Preschool may be the first time a child must share toys, cooperate with other children and show respect toward someone other than Mom or Dad. Each child will have different feelings and reactions to preschool, and it's important that teachers and parents teach preschoolers how to cope with a range of emotions.
Preschool graduation speeches are done to acknowledge the accomplishments the children make during the school year. When conducting preschool graduation speeches, there are certain areas that educators should address. By doing so, they are recognizing their student's hard work as well as providing well wishes as the children head to kindergarten.
Techniques for teaching deaf preschoolers are constantly evolving, due to the introduction of new technologies and schools of thought. In the past, deaf education yielded disappointing results, as there was little known about the best teaching methods and there was a heavy emphasis on teaching speech. Now, studies have shown that a firm basis in language by age 5 is crucial, which has encouraged the use of American Sign Language with children.
Developmentally appropriate preschools address the needs of the growing child and focus on normal healthy development. Although the pressure to include academics in preschool programs has received much attention in recent years, the idea that early academic training prepares children for academic success in school is faulty. According to Eric Digest, children who attend developmentally appropriate preschool programs, instead of programs emphasizing academic advancement, fair better than their peers in reading and math, exhibit more creative and divergent thinking skills, have better receptive language skills, show less stress and may perform better academically over the course of their educational career.
Treating preschoolers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can be a difficult endeavor that leaves parents and educators feeling frustrated. Trial and error may be necessary to find the right plan that works for the child and his or her surroundings. Although low-dose medications may work for some, multitudes of other options available for the preschool child with ADHD.
As if maintaining a preschool class is not enough, teachers must also worry about managing staff members. Having workers complete their work in an efficient and thorough fashion is difficult if the proper management tools are not used. Rewarding good behavior and educating employees when necessary ensures that the preschool runs smoothly.
Teaching preschoolers about shapes can be a humdrum exercise---or a ton of fun. On the humdrum side, simply hold up shapes made of construction paper and have the children repeat the shape names. To add excitement, sing songs about shapes and dance with the kids; play games such as "I Spy" to help recognize shapes; prepare and eat foods of different shapes and sizes. You can be guaranteed that children won't forget a circle when they eat an Oreo, or a triangle when it's made of a tortilla chip.
Preschoolers love to count everything from their fingers to the number of jelly beans they're eating. This natural inclination makes it easier for teachers and parents to teach numbers than to teach other academic subjects such as letter recognition. You can incorporate counting into many fun activities, such as cooking, singing and playing games. In this way, you address the needs of children with different learning styles and also make the process fun, so kids won't even realize they're studying a serious subject.
Teaching preschoolers the ABCs can be a playful, delightful process, or else just plain hard work. Make these lessons fun by incorporating them into other activities kids love, such as cooking and eating, singing and playing games. Using a wide variety of methods accomplishes two things: You're able to meet the needs of children who have different learning styles, and the kids will have such a blast they won't even recognize they're studying academics.
Understanding math concepts opens many doors for children, from being able to tell time to grasping the value of money. Starting at age 3, children should be learning to count, recognize numbers and manage basic addition and subtraction. If your child is not attending a formal preschool, you can teach her all she needs to know about math at home. Go at your child's pace and enjoy the process of learning about numbers together.
Preschoolers are full of emotions that often change quickly within the course of a day. However, they usually lack the vocabulary required to express those emotions and often they choose inappropriate ways of dealing with their feelings. By teaching preschoolers about emotions, you enable them to handle their feelings in positive ways and identify what they are feeling at any given moment.
The ABCs, or the alphabet, are the building blocks to written language. There are multiple schools of thought as to how children learn to read best, but most children will learn to read with a variety of approaches so long as they're encouraged for their efforts. Teaching preschool age children the alphabet is rewarding for both the child and the parent or teacher.
Learning about feelings is an important part of a child's development. Preschool children experience a wide range of emotions, but are not always able to identify or control them. Teaching young children about feelings will help them express their own feelings in a more productive way. It will also help children learn to respond to the emotions of others appropriately. This might mean showing empathy when someone is sad or laughing when a friend is feeling silly. Teaching a unit about feelings and emotions to preschool children will be a valuable experience.
It is important to teach children proper nutrition. In doing so, avoid teaching them to label foods as "good" or "bad." Simply teach them that they need to eat a variety of food every day. Using the Food Pyramid, each food group is identified by color and size; the bigger the section of color, the more food you need from that food group. When using the Food Pyramid as a guide, you can create a lesson that will focus on one food group for each day of the week.
In today's society, one must be prepared to work and live with a very diverse population of people. This means not only tolerating but respecting and even celebrating both the differences and the similarities between us and our neighbors. During the preschool years, children form many of the ideas about the world that will stay with them for their entire lives, which is why it is so very important to teach from a multicultural perspective. Teaching diversity means helping children to understand that people come in all shapes, sizes, looks, colors and abilities, and it is not as difficult a…
Observe any preschool child at play for a while, and at some point you will most likely hear singing, humming, or tapping (or banging!) on some kind of object. Most children have some inborn proclivity to express themselves musically in various ways. Rhythm seems to be especially predominant. Perhaps the natural expression of rhythm starts from early exposure---an unborn child hearing the mother's heartbeat, a baby feeling the rhythmic movement back and forth as she is rocked, or a toddler hearing songs on the radio and television. Teaching rhythm to preschoolers taps into this early capacity for hearing, recognizing, imitating,…
Teaching a preschooler his address and phone number is a good exercise in memorization and number-letter recognition. It is also a safety tool; if a child becomes lost in the mall, she will be able to tell a manager or law official how to get in touch with her parents. Preschoolers are able to learn things easily with frequent review.
Though complicated grammar lessons are better left to older students, even preschool-aged youngsters can understand the basic concepts of prepositions. To properly facilitate learning on this topic, variety is key.
Cooking is an important life skill. Teaching children to cook can start as early as preschool. While these young chefs shouldn't be expected to use a knife or to read a complex recipe, you can teach them some good, solid foundation skills, such as measuring, time management and following directions. Preschoolers are curious about their world and are interested in learning things that require a bit of independence.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been diagnosed more and more over the last 10 years. The goal of doctors within this field is to identify and address this before the problems associated with ADHD continue into adulthood. For preschoolers, there are certain symptoms that can be observed by their teachers.
A good preschool is made up of a highly-qualified teaching staff, a low student-to-teacher ratio and a stimulating curriculum that engages all of the children in various activities. Understand what makes for a great preschool with information from an early childhood teacher in this free video on education.
Starting a preschool involves attaining the appropriate license from the state, creating a budget, deciding on the cost of tuition and hiring a highly-trained staff of teachers. Start up a new preschool with information from an early childhood teacher in this free video on education.
All the education in the world cannot prepare you for when you have a classroom of your own. When you are in charge of fostering cognitive development, enforcing healthy social practices and responding to emotional needs, the classroom becomes a little nation of its own. Knowing how to design the room can either add to or relieve stress in the room. An open, clean room gives children direction and clear meaning in their day. Clutter can cause accidents and arguments, which cause stress for both the children and the teacher. Design your preschool room in the best way possible for…
Early childhood education is paramount for future success in higher learning. It also serves as a foundation for achieving goals later in life, whether or not they have a strong verbal or reading component. Promoting literacy with preschoolers is not simply teaching them how to read, but engaging them in the learning processes necessary for everyday living.
Once a child turns two, many parents who already use a traditional day care center may opt to make the transition to a preschool day care. A preschool day care is a center that combines traditional day care and learning opportunities. Traditionally, a preschool day care starts at age two, while other preschools cater to children closer to kindergarten.
Preschool graduation marks the end of a young child's time in preschool and his entrance into kindergarten and elementary school. Most children anxiously anticipate their preschool graduation because, in his eyes, it means he is no longer a "little" boy but now a "big" boy on his way to "real" school. Parents and educators gather together to help organize preschool graduation and subsequent graduation parties to ensure the children have a memorable and meaningful graduation experience.
The Lantern Festival marks the close of Chinese New Year festivities. Communities display colorful lanterns on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. Some lantern designs are so elaborate that riddles are incorporated into the design. Other lantern designs are simple enough for children to duplicate. Teachers make the Chinese Lantern part of a multicultural lesson at all grade levels. When working with preschoolers, it is best to start with a model.
Preschool teaching tools include toys and play things that help young minds develop cognitive and tactile skills, and they can take the form of shapes, magnets, balls and everyday items. Gather tools to help teach preschool-aged children with advice from a former classroom instructor in this free video on teaching.
Graduation from preschool is a festive occasion for the graduate, the school, the parents, grandparents and siblings that come along to watch the graduates. Preschool graduation can be done in many ways, but it is fun to make it as authentic as possible, complete with a graduation cap, diploma, cake and other goodies. Help the little graduates celebrate by making graduation caps.
Preschool and kindergarten-age children are ready to learn the basics of science. Volcanoes are easy to explain to children, and a live demonstration is an excellent way for the students to process and internalize the new topic. The following experiment should take the place after the basics of volcano eruptions have been explained to the children.
Finding a good preschool can be a struggle. You want your little one to receive the best age-appropriate education possible. It is also imperative that he or she receives lots of tender loving care and safety. Knowing what to look for will help you choose the best preschool for your child.
Picture books are a great way to help preschoolers learn more about their language and help inspire creativity. Helping a child to make a picture book is a great experience for both the adult and the child. It won't matter to the preschooler if your artistic talent leaves something to be desired. It will matter a great deal that you took the time to help develop a picture book all their own.
If you're looking in vain for a preschool program that is a creative, fun, inexpensive, and relaxed environment for young children and parents to meet and play together, setting up your own preschool cooperative may be the way to go.Many public preschool programs are overcrowded and often require afternoon classes or class lengths that parents feel their children are unprepared for. Private preschool classes, while featuring smaller preschool classes and often significantly better resources, can be very pricey and can have long waiting lists. In addition, neither public or private preschools are able to accomadate a large amount of parental…
There are many tools available to preschool teachers. From music to books, to toys to pictures, the opportunities to beef up your lesson plan are endless. Determining which teaching tools to use and how to use them can be a very important decision. When done correctly, these simple lessons will put your preschoolers on the right path to a successful learning career.
When children are learning reading readiness skills, practice at home is pretty important. You can make a preschool literacy bag for children to use at home that reinforces these skills.
Birds are fascinating creatures and are sure to catch the attention of most preschoolers. Creating a bird themed preschool unit can be a fun and easy way to cover all of the basic preschool curriculum subjects while the children learn about our feathered friends.
As the number of mothers entering the workforce rises, so does the need for quality childcare. If you’ve always dreamed of opening a program for children ages three to five, now is a great time to do it. Follow these steps, and you'll be on your way to owning the lucrative preschool program of your dreams.
By putting similar sounding objects in a basket, you can help teach your kids sounds. Learn how to make a rhyming basket in this free educational video about language Montessori methods.
Get your preschooler into books early! Learn how to pick the right book for your young child in this free educational video clip from a credited Montessori teacher.
Puzzles are a great way for preschoolers to learn. Get tips for picking puzzles for kids in this free educational video clip from a credited Montessori teacher.
Involving children with anything social at a young age helps reinforce socialization skills along with a core fitness values. Gain the respect of parents for your preschool gymnastics program by making it about learning basic physical fun and kindergarten readiness.
Finding a preschool for gifted children can be a difficult experience for parents of three and four year olds who qualify as being gifted (intellectually advanced) by certified psychological and educational professionals. Gifted preschoolers face a series of challenges as they head off to their first formal educational experience. Teachers may not know how to teach or handle gifted preschoolers, gifted children may become bored quickly by activities that engage and challenge their peers, and gifted kids may act out in negative ways when their needs are not met. Finding a preschool for gifted children, on the other hand, may…
Be positive, encouraging and reassuring when you teach your preschooler to spell and write her name. If you're stressed or act disappointed, she'll sense those negative feelings and likely will try to avoid writing and learning the letters because it won't feel like fun to her. Try a variety of methods to see which works best for your toddler. Knowing how she learns best will guide you in teaching her other things, such as how to read.
Teaching preschoolers about our environment and the problems we face on the issue can seem like a daunting task. However, if you tap into the great well of curiosity they possess and approach the subject in a way that quickly stirs that curiosity, you may be surprised how much they comprehend and retain.
Many parents are emotional when their little one heads off to preschool. It is even more difficult to watch your preschooler walk across the stage to receive his preschool diploma. Celebrating a child's preschool graduation can be an emotional time, but it also is a time to celebrate your child's academic and social accomplishments. Take this day to celebrate with friends and family and to make your preschooler feel special.
Learn how to get your child ready for preschool by teaching them about how to count in this free video on preschool readiness.
If you know how to teach ESL to preschoolers, you will be in a good position to find a teaching job abroad. In many non-English-speaking countries, it is becoming popular for parents to start their children learning English at a very young age.
Preschoolers love learning things when it involves hands-on activities and food. In turn, the preschoolers will engage in learning basic skills in an interesting way. Creating a cooking theme at home, or in the classroom, lets you teach skills such as shapes, colors, letters, numbers, spelling, reading, measuring, sorting, adding and subtracting. The best part of a cooking theme is that the kids can eat everything they learn.
Teachers as well as parents can make an obstacle course for preschoolers. Space the activities 10 to 15 feet apart, position them on mats and number them. Some activities should involve the entire body, while others should involve just the upper or lower parts of the body; some activities should involve object manipulation and tool use. The child who completes the course the fastest might be given a prize, or prizes might be given to all children who complete the course.
Nature presents itself in many colors, shapes and textures. Help your preschooler learn about nature by using elements from outdoors to create a collage. Creating a collage gives your preschooler a physical object she can look at on a regular basis that will give her a reference for the outdoor elements you talked with her about.
Preschoolers enjoy hearing stories read aloud. Group story times can bring preschoolers together for socialization and learning. Immerse preschoolers in a theme by doing more than just reading a story. Increase learning and fun by including extra activities before and after the story.
Phonemic awareness is the ability of a person to hear, identify and manipulate the individual sounds of their language. These individual sounds are called phonemes. For example, the phonemes in the word "shot" are "sh," "o", "t." Good phonemic awareness is critical for developing reading and writing skills. There are some easy activities that you can incorporate into your preschooler's day to help develop phonemic awareness in your child.
Phonological awareness is an ability to attend to and understand the sound structures of a given language. Phonological awareness skills include understanding the difference between speech sounds and environmental sounds, phonemic awareness, rhyme awareness, word awareness and sentence awareness. Children who have poor speech or problems with reading and writing often have deficiencies in these skills, but you can develop them.
Learning with attribute shapes will encourage your preschooler to further develop in language, intellectual, social and fine motor skills. Follow these directions to make a fun game using attribute shapes.
Graduation is a ceremony reserved for completing a program or a level of school. When preschoolers are ready for the next step and progress into Kindergarten, it is a milestone to be celebrated with a graduation ceremony. The even lets them know they have completed one step and are ready for the next.
Opening a preschool is more complicated than starting a traditional school. You must comply with the laws governing preschools and deal with issues that don't often arise with older students. Here's some tips to help you with the process.
Personalized books can be lots of fun for preschoolers. You can use them to expand your child's vocabulary or to help with recognition of friends and relatives that live far away. Either way, your child will love the personal touch you put into making this book.
Puzzles aren't all fun and games, but also a way for preschoolers to further develop their intellectual skills, language skills, motor skills and social skills. They are simple to make and can be tailored to your preschooler's abilities. Take the time to personalize their new puzzles with pictures, or let them color the puzzle all by themselves.
Preschoolers need time to use and practice with scissors before they can use them more fluidly. There are several activities that can be done to help develop the muscles in the hands. Some examples would be: playing with playdough, tearing old magazines and stringing beads.
Teaching children values, including that of being responsible, can begin at home with something as simple as a chore chart. Chore charts are easy to make and fun to do with your preschooler close at hand. Preschoolers learn the value of responsibility by completing chores around the house, putting stickers to mark completions on their chart and then being rewarded for a job well done.
Playgroups are designed for preschoolers to further develop their social skills and get them ready for kindergarten. First start by setting up your playgroup room with appropriate centers; home living, manipulatives, blocks, books and train centers. But most important, don't forget the rice table. You will also want to have a library of sorts where the parents can check out children's books and toys to borrow and bring back.
Enhance your toddler's education and creativity by creating a fun, age-appropriate play space.