13 Best Tips for Kindergarten Teachers 2018
Thursday March 8, 2018
It is fun to spend time with toddlers who are active most of the time. But as much as it is fun it is also a tedious task to handle the kids.
Many consider it as a special job that requires special attention.
Yes, it is kids that you are dealing with, what else should you expect?
Kids go in different directions and it is your duty to make sure that they don’t get lost or if you are able to get their attention. Not everyone can handle the kids and get their attention.
Kindergarten is a place where children are introduced to schools and instil in them an interest for learning.
With only a few days for summer vacation to be over this article is to help Kindergarten teachers have a head start so as to make the transition easier for them and thus students too.
Here are a few tips for Kindergarten teacher that comes handy when dealing with toddlers.
1. Read Stories to Them
Children loooooove stories. It is the first stage of reading and readiness. You can keep them interested for hours if you can narrate them a story to keep them busy listening to your stories.
Even the most mischievous kindergartener can’t resist a good story. Children develop a readiness to listen and learn. This is the first step to knowing the world and what is around them.
2. Introduce Them to Music
Music is paramount to a child’s development. Children like to listen to words that rhyme from which they learn new words. Moreover music is important for the mental growth of a child.
Listening to patterns will always stimulate the thought process. It might be the nursery rhymes they listen in the school bus or the one the teacher narrates during kindergarten hours.
3. Encourage Responsibility
Children should be encouraged to do things responsibly. They should be made familiar with simple things like packing up to school or while they are returning from school.
These small tasks will improve the responsibility. They must be taught about how they should keep their classroom clean or wash themselves up after they have their food.
4. Teach Them Everything
Teach your children from scratch. Don’t assume that they know things, they are kids you, have to teach them how to close the door behind them when they use the washroom, they need to taught ‘thank you’ and ‘welcome’.
Teach them little things like how to wash their hands and how to use toilet paper. Once they fall into a routine they will make it a habit to do it throughout.
5. Choose and Store Supplies
You need some supplies to keep your kids engaged. A good example might be a stuffed pet that is washable which is kept in the classroom. Children can take turns to take it home for a weekend.
Make sure your classroom is not cluttered as it will deter you from having an effective learning environment. Keep unused objects out in your storage and clearly label them for use in future.
6. Involve Parents
It is important to involve parents as much as possible. Tell them how the child is performing in his daily activities. A parent’s involvement ensures the complete education of the child.
Communication is not just enough, but you should do it often and make sure you communicate the progress of the child to the parents. In fact you must care for the child as much as the parents do. Talk to them over phone, return their emails are simple things you can do.
7. Plan Your Activities
Plan your activities ahead for the day and ensure that you keep your children occupied throughout the day. If you haven’t got a plan, be ready with activity sticks.
These activity sticks come handy when you don’t have anything planned for your kids. Hand out these sticks to kids and keep them engaged with different activities.
8. Keep Them Moving All Day Long
Plan lessons or activities for not more than 15 minutes. Children tend to lose interest in them easily. So, some kind of movement activities in between can keep them occupied all day long.
Games like sight word slap can improve their vocabulary help them structure sentences.
9. Adventure Spree
In between classes it would be great to take kids out through the school for an adventure. Take them around the school and ask them to locate the teacher’s room, the cafeteria, the nurse station, the bathroom, the library etc.
Children can take a break from sitting in the classroom and take a stroll through the school for a change.
10. Celebrate Childhood
Most important of all let your kids celebrate tier childhood. Let them laugh, play and make messes. Let them plant a garden, bake, and create new things which will help them to be creative. These actions will nurture their creative side.
11. Talk to Them
Children will improve their oral skills by starting conversations with the teacher and with one another. Teacher will make sure of this that they ask them questions regarding what is happening with their lives.
Instead of slipping a disk in the car while driving to school teachers can ask parents to start a conversation with their child.
12. Help the Parents
Parents might be having a tough time working and taking care of their child. Children might be not willing to take up school on the very first day.
Give them an assurance that you will genuinely take care of their kid. Devise plans to get the attention of the child as they say goodbye to their father and mother.
13. Teach Them to Make Friends
Children might be hesitant to make friends with other kids in the classroom. Guide them on this matter and help kids to get to know each other.
The greatest advantage of this is that kids will be pre-occupied with each other that they forget to cry or make havoc. Some kids will do this naturally while other might need help with it.