A new school year will begin soon!
We are all about to say goodbye to our Summer vacations and then prepare for a great start!
So before we get there my suggestion for parents is to start their children on a routine in advance. This will ease the transition and help the whole family get a good start.
Following are some reflections that may help our dear teachers in general.
There are many ways of providing activities to reach your goals but one important thing to keep in mind is to make the activities fun and enjoyable!
For very young children the beginning of the school year is loaded with new experiences. Therefore, we need to help them settle into the daily routines and the classroom environment so they can feel comfortable and safe.
The whole environment needs to be simple, with a few number of manipulatives, materials, posters and learning centers. In this way children will be less distracted, may attend more easily and may have the opportunity to absorb the new experiences little by little. Again, keep it simple! You have a whole year to add new and/or different materials, posters, and decorations to your classroom according to the seasons and the thematic units planned.
You may want to provide children with simple and familiar activities, such as songs, short stories, self-directed activities, movement and arts and crafts activities.
Take the first days of school to introduce, model, practice and constantly reinforce procedures, rules and routines. Remember that repetition is a major factor in learning. Set the tone for your class and have a great start!