Kindergarten Teaching - how to teach children effectively
A kindergarten teaching career is rewarding and enjoyable. Understand how young children learn and you will have successful results.
Picture four to six-year-old children peeking under rocks at the beach. They are curious, exploring, experimenting, discovering, touching, asking questions, and motivated to learn. To them it’s all play, they don't need adults praising them for their efforts, it's their choice.
So how do we teach in a manner that hooks into this natural desire to learn and use kindergarten teaching methods that encourage, rather than dampen children's enthusiasm?
Page 2: Try these 3 teaching practices to help your students be successful learners...
Children who are involved in their own learning, who can link new ideas to their prior knowledge and share what they have learned are well on their way to becoming successful learners.
- 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: Make learning easier for your students. Find out how...
- Thematic units make learning interesting
- Learning is developmental
- Practicing concepts and skills does not need to be dull and repetitive
Page 4: Maintain a classroom atmosphere of warmth and acceptance...
- Be flexible and understanding with young children
- Motivate with enthusiasm and curiosity
- Help children describe what they’ve learned
- Take lots of breaks
Books that help you teach:
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, 4th Edition (Book, CD & DVD)
It is ordered in a developmental format and complements the use of any existing phonics, spelling, and vocabulary programs you are using.
Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach (5th Edition)
Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
This book uses cooperative learning to teach both science content and process skills.
The book includes a complete overview of cooperative learning and co-op structures, cooperative process science, and 15 fantastic step-by-step, hands-on cooperative learning lessons.
Loaded with curriculum and literature links, science journal ideas, activities, and ready-to-use blackline masters. Purchase from the link above.