Entries by Charity P. (36)


Kindergarten Readiness

School Readiness Means….that a child enters school (kindergarten) ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that BEST promote the child’s success.

We believe that to be truly kindergarten-ready, young children need instruction and guidance in two categories of skills, not just one: developmental readiness and academic readiness.

Developmental Readiness is made up of the skills that allow children to function in a school environment. Can children play attention, work well with others, exhibit self-regulation, and communicate their thoughts and feelings.? Critical for success in kindergarten and beyond, these skills enable children to focus on other learning tasks, and encompass: social emotional development, language development, and gross/fine motor skills.

Academic Readiness is made up of the skills that allow children to successfully learn foundational academic concepts and skills. Do children have an awareness of concepts of print, alphabet knowledge, and numbers? Have children been exposed to complex vocabulary words and rich content area topics? Equally critical for success, these skills serve as the academic foundation for all the learning yet to come, and encompass: emergent reading, mathematics, science, and other content areas.

Information taken from the 2016: The State of Kindergarten Readiness

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The Tremendous Timer

by Carol Belcher

Using a timer in your classroom helps everyone in your room!! Having a visible, large timer can help preschoolers learn to take turns and it helps them begin to understand short periods of time. It also helps the busy, active teacher keep track of time as you move through your daily schedule. Timers make things objective and set limits, and it is a simple way for you to take charge of your classroom and push your students into focused attention on the task they are trying to complete.

Timers transform stressful transition periods, reduce resistance to routines, and increase your ability to manage your classroom. Preschoolers can begin to understand the passage of time through your use of timers and the timer becomes the ‘enforcer’ while taking the burden off of the teachers. They can turn classwork into fun and timers encourage taking turns, which as you know is an essential skill for this age group.

There are several options for timers, and you should use whatever works for you. A simple kitchen timer will do the trick, but a large, visual timer that hangs on the wall is even better for preschoolers because they can see it and check the time independently.

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4 Strategies To Encourage Preschoolers to Take Turns

Is It My Turn?? IS IT MY TURN??!! by Carol Belcher

Cooperation and taking turns are the back-bone of young children’s social and emotional development. If these two simple skills can be fully learned by preschoolers, they will be well on their way to a more satisfying, happy life. Taking turns is one of critical steps toward self-regulation and it involves waiting, which builds patience. How can you subtly teach and ingrain these skills in your classroom? Here are some simple strategies for helping your students.

1. During a painting activity with a group of 3 students, make 2 paintbrushes available so that 1 student has to observe and wait. Let the other students paint for 2 minutes, then all 3 of the students change roles. You can gradually increase the waiting time as the children gain more control.

2. Read social stories in your classroom about taking turns and being a good friend.

3. The teaching staff can model turn taking with each other during large group time. Put on a fun, short skit in front of your students about cooperation and taking turns. Or as an alternate, if you have puppets in your room, the puppets can model cooperation and turn taking.

4. Playing board games or playing cards teaches turn taking, and this is an activity that the parents can do at home with their child.

All of us were taught these good life skills early in life, which somehow makes it a little easier when we are standing in line at Wal-Mart or Kroger, or getting our driver’s license renewed. Well, at least most of the time…….

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Top 7 Teacher Tips for Effective Teaching Strategies

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