Math activity designed for preschoolers. Easy to make! All you need is large Popsicle sticks, foam pieces, and construction paper/ bristle board to create this math activity. If your children knows their numbers up to ten, then create another set that goes up to 20. Remember always to have your activity fit according to the children’s developmental level.
First birthday of the school year. We typically make a cake/cupcakes with frosting, but have made tamales, guacamole or “Banana Swirls” in the past. In addition we make a crown and decorate a chair to make it “fancy.”
Sensory, open-ended art, simple!
Hey ECE’ers! I don’t think I ever posted this… Yarn art!! Great for fine-motor skills, and every piece is different. I was told it satisfies the 3D art section for state standards (at least in WI it does), too! It’s a little messy, and you HAVE to use card-stock (regular paper or construction isn’t strong enough for heavy glue hands), but the results are SUPER cute. Doing this again this week with my kids, and I’m gonna frame them. They’re just too cute not to.
Also, it really works for any age group, 3 and up. I had a few autistic/PDD kids do this that loved it. It makes some of the sensory-sensitive kids nervous (the glue gets on your hands, some kids don’t like that), but they worked through it and loved the results.
I love this! They really are adorable, too!c
Open-ended art, sensory, gross and fine motor, simple materials, simple set-up and clean-up.
1.) Early Childhood Educators : The simplest way to make any project with children more enjoyable is to have EVERYthing you need set out and set up before you begin! This reduces your stress and enables you to interact with the kids so that you can enjoy the process WITH them!
2.) This is one of our art projects this week… The children got to SPLAT foam balls onto the paper.
3.) It was a blast!! These red trays are great to use instead of paper plates (we try to be environmentally conscious whenever possible!).
4.) The ending results were pretty neat - even though it’s the PROCESS rather than the PRODUCT that is important for our young learners.
Transitioning from a regular Substitute to a full-time Teacher, at a quality school with an amazing team of teachers, diverse families, full package benefits, delicious and fun perks in the heart of downtown San Francisco, still hasn’t hit me yet. What has hit me is the exhaustion, the testing of my understanding of young children, persevering through challenges in the classroom, and in myself, in order to grow into a more experienced teacher. Also, self-care, like cleaning the house, going to the YMCA and milking every peaceful minute of my breaks, is important in building a solid foundation for my professional development.
Today was a pretty challenging day. I unfortunately forget that some of the new children this year, who may not be used to routine or even independence, are working hard to process buckets and buckets of information.
I don’t know what my brain was thinking but there were two children:
S, can and likes to be independent and selectively follow direction, and A, has never been independent and 80% of the time has an extremely hard time responding to any child or adult trying to talk to him, both 3 years old. Today, with S, I would give her the option of completing a responsibility by herself or with my help, so I spent most of my time, cleaning, putting shoes on while her holding her hand, while for some reason, I did not offer the kid with practically no independence experience the same support. I think my rational in that time was,”I’ll give him lots of opportunities to be independent!” Guess which child fell apart later that day…
1. Attachment is synonymous with learning. I will offer consistent support to A and remember that, especially at a young age, bonding builds trust and is important with new kids at the start of the year.
2. I will remember that the new kids are working hard to process astounding amounts of new information and to always question myself, “How would I feel if I were in their shoes?”
3. Take great care to listen and observe what the kids’ interests are.
Also tomorrow is my first day of Big Group/Circle time. I have a few movements and a song/movement book to read.
Any suggestions for exciting ways to take count of children and/or to learn names?
Any challenges or success for those first few days of the beginning of the year?