Saturday, February 27, 2010
Since our Center is new, most of my kids are new as well. Not just new to the facility but new to being in a preschool. This can make it challenging to learn some of the basic skills more experienced pre-schoolers already know, such as standing in a line (while keeping your hands to yourself). Here’s a neat trick I learned in school to help keep it straight. First, I cut out a shape usually related to our theme. This month I chose cars since we were working on transportation. Then, I used the colors and numbers I wanted to focus on. Next, I printed a number on each car and used clear contact paper to stick them in a line on the floor in front of the sink. While I’m monitoring their hand washing, I ask what color car they’re standing on. I ask what number they’re standing on and so on. They’re so excited to be on a number or change numbers they forget to touch each other. I constantly praise them on a beautiful line and in no time we can stand in line without the help of our aids. Although, I’ll still use them to teach other concepts.