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Best Teaching Methods - Kindergarten

Best teaching methods - kindergarten:

One skill that will serve you well in your teaching career is to learn to be flexible and understanding with young children. Learning won't happen if a child is overtired, hungry, upset or worried.

Sometimes a student just needs to be left alone. Occasionally a child needs to get away from everyone.

A small space, such as under my desk worked well for some of my students who were just too overwhelmed by home or other circumstances to cope with their peers or me. I guess we all have those days!

If a student is hungry, it is easier to let her eat part of her lunch early, than to try and force the child to concentrate on a task.

Be Understanding With Young Children

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  • Inexperienced teachers sometimes misinterpret a child's unwillingness to participate as stubbornness or bad behavior.
  • Children often do not have the vocabulary to express themselves.
  • Use reflective listening to help children verbalize what is upsetting them.
  • Sometimes children work well in groups and this helps them learn to share and develop ideas ana at other times they just need to be alone with ample time to figure things out.
  • Relax and have fun with your students!

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Motivated children pay attention

  • Preschool and kindergarten kids are generally motivated to learn about everything. Unless children have often been made fun of when investigating or presenting their knowledge, they usually have a strong desire to find out and share information.
  • One of the best teaching methods is to motivate children by modeling enthusiasm and curiosity.
  • Motivation comes from within (intrinsic) and from outside (extrinsic). Making too much fuss of any one child can result in a competitive attitude in the class. Keep internal motivation high by modeling curiosity about the topics studied.
  • Reinforce thinking processes rather than praising the child.
  • Try, “That is an interesting way that you sorted your blocks. Tell me what you were thinking." Then, "Sarah sorted her blocks in a different way. Both ways of sorting are interesting."

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Children benefit by describing what they learn

  • When children have an opportunity to communicate their new knowledge to patient adults it helps solidify concepts. It often takes children time to find the correct words to explain their thinking.
  • Another best teaching practice is to supply the students with descriptive words as they are playing or working, e.g. "Notice how dull those rocks are, the other ones are shiny". This extends their vocabulary and increases their ability to share new discoveries.

Children Need to be Active

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  • If kindergarten students have been sitting still too long, they will let you know it’s time to move.
  • Well-planned, interesting lessons fail if the children need a break.
  • Taking lots of breaks throughout the day was one of my best teaching practices.
  • Going for walks around the school or jumping up and down gets the blood pumping around, results in good circulation and more alert students

Summary

  • Maintain a classroom atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.
  • When kids know they are loved and accepted, when they know you are willing to help them, they relax and learn.
  • Keep a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around you and your students will imitate your behavior.
  • Model the behaviors you want your students to adopt.
  • For some kindergarten children, your classroom will be one of the few places where their opinions and ideas have been valued.


 Teaching Pages

 Page 1: Best Teaching Methods - Understand how young children learn.  

 Page 2:

  • Always use concrete materials to teach little kids
  • Children learn in lots of different ways
  • Present concepts in a structured step-by-step way

  Page 3:

  • Thematic units make learning interesting
  • Learning is developmental
  • Practicing concepts and skills does not need to be dull and repetitive

  On this page: Best Teaching Methods - Kindergarten

  • Be flexible and understanding with young children
  • Motivate with enthusiasm and curiosity
  • Help children describe what they’ve learned
  • Take lots of breaks


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Sorting Activities
Sorting activities for kindergarten and preschool

Students benefit from having lots of experiences sorting, comparing and classifying objects before they participate in patterning activities. Go to sorting games...
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