Hey, y'all! Sharing Kindergarten is having a linky to share out tips from Kinder teacher, for Kinder teachers. So here goes:
Plan for everything and SHOW them what you mean. And I mean everything. Plan how they will get supplies and SHOW them many times. Plan how you want them to move from the carpet to the chairs, or the chairs to the carpet, or to line up, or to sit down, or from one center to another. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. MODEL, MODEL, MODEL. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. When they forget, and they will, practice again.
The same goes for your lessons. Don't walk in Monday morning and say, "I have no idea what we're going to do today." Plan, prep, repeat.
Things will not always go according to plan. Sometimes a lesson is going just fine, but we need to talk about a behavior or an emotional issue more. Sometimes a student asks a question that takes us off in another direction. Use those teachable moments. They remember them.
Five-year-olds move. A LOT. Use that to your advantage and get them moving during lessons. Let them feel the pumpkin seeds. Let them use magnifying glasses to explore plants or rocks or whatever. Learn those sight words by body spelling them. Get them outside to explore their world. Mine are always super wiggly after lunch and specials (PE especially). If you know yours will be wiggly during certain times of the day, plan activities that compliment that. If you try to fight it, you'll all be struggling to make it through.
And remember, this time in their lives is short, and so is your time with them. Love them, laugh with them, and pray for them. Be the joy in their lives. Create a safe place in your classroom so that they can't wait to come back the next day. Enjoy their antics. They are just acting their age. And pray for them and their families. There is no greater power.
Check out the links below for more tips from some amazing kindergarten teachers.