This week we explored our feelings. In order to move the kids through multiple activities in a smooth way, I try to make transitions as smooth as possible. I have tried many class attention getters, but the one I found that works the best year after year with this age group is just simply counting backwards from 5. They usually stop what they’re doing, get real quiet and listen. I have tried doing fancier ones where they have to repeat something back to me, but they always seem to forget what they were supposed to say. And it never seems to grab their attention as well as counting backwards from 5. Once I have their attention I give two or three step directions for them to follow so we can move onto the next activity. Usually it’s: 1. clean up and 2. Meet me back on your carpet square.
We explored a lot with tangrams this week. We used them to make faces and other shapes and items. It was fun picking out the different shapes and using our imagination for what that shape could be. We played a game with the tangrams. A student would pull a paper tangram out of a paper bag. They would find that shape and trace it on their paper. Each shape had a different facial expression. My students traced the shapes, identified the emotion, and then drew that emotion on their paper inside the shape.
One of my favorite things we did this week was learn the sight words: he / she. Each student got an “I Can Read” book from Mother Goose Time that they got to take home. This book is helping the students learn the words “he / she” as well as words from the “-ad” word family (sad, glad, mad). It is fun to watch the students read the book and get excited to take it home and show their parents how they can read. They are gaining the confidence they need to begin reading. They are motivated and excited to start reading. They are learning basic skills like how to hold a book, how to turn the pages, and that we read from left to right. The students think it is fun that they can have their very own book (that they mostly memorize before leaving class) to show off to older siblings who are reading.
One last thing we did this week that is another one of my favorite things about teaching preschool is helping my students develop their fine motor skills by learning to hold their pencil correctly, learning how to use scissors, putting puzzles together, playing with play dough, and learning to write our names. We did all of these things this week. But, my favorite was the scissor work. Last week, I introduced scissors. I taught them how we hold the scissors, and we talked about scissor safety. A few of the students already knew how to cut, but the majority needed help. This week, we did scissor work again and I was blown away by the growth and progression. In just one week, my students were holding their scissors correctly and cutting their paper effectively. They are not perfect and still have some work to do cutting straight lines, curved lines, and zig zag lines, but it was such a huge improvement that I am confident they are all going to develop and perfect this skill quickly.
I love teaching preschool and I love watching the students grow and learn new things. I love watching their confidence grow. Next week is all about communication!
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