In my opinion, the key to any successful relationship, no matter what kind of relationship it is (teacher/student; mother/child; husband/wife; etc.) is communication. This week, at preschool we learned different ways we can communicate to others. We learned about body language, phones, computers, mail, and listening/speaking. I love that the students are learning ways to express themselves.
During the toddler years, children express themselves by throwing temper tantrums. By the time they are ready for preschool, they have moved on from that, but don’t always know other ways to communicate what they want. We teach them that the way they move their body or use their facial expressions can convey a message. If you fold your arms and frown, a person might think you are mad. If you throw your arms up in the air and have a huge, open mouth smile, a person might think you are surprised. If you hang your head low, shoulders slumped, a person might think you are sad. Can we recognize what others are feeling based on how they move their body? We also learned some sign language this week. The students learned how to ask for food and water with their hands only, no speaking.
The character trait we are focusing on this month is “kindness”. We show others that we care by being kind and listening to what they have to say. Communicating with someone doesn’t always mean that you talk. Sometimes you have to be the one that listens. This is not always easy for this age group. We practice this skill each preschool day by taking turns sharing what we learned in preschool that day. We listen to our friends when it’s their turn and we share when it’s our turn. We also practice this as we play with each other. We listen to each other and work together.
Sometimes writing a letter is the best way to express yourself. The students got to practice writing the first letter of their name this week. We pretended to get mail.
My students had a lot of fun this week. The activities they liked the most sent from Mother Goose Time were two of the art activities we did this week. We made play phones and play computers.
The students used the play phones to pretend calling their friends and inviting them over to play. We also practiced dialing 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. We talked about what might be an emergency and what is not an emergency. In the end, we all agreed that if something is an emergency, then they should find an adult and ask if they could call 9-1-1 before doing so on their own. We talked about what other important numbers they might need to know. And one of the students had her mom’s cell number memorized! It was amazing.
We made play computers and used them to practice typing our name. It was a little difficult at first because the students weren’t sure where the letters were for their name. The younger kids just looked for the first letter of their name and identified it on the keyboard.
Preschool kids amaze me every day. I feel like I learn something new about this age group each time I teach. Next week, we will be discussing the idea of caring. What does it mean to care?
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