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Kindergarten Teaching - how to teach children effectively

Kindergarten Teaching

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:

Books for teachers: The First Day of School

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

This book is a great resource for ideas and pointers on how to make the first days of school, and the rest of the year, very successful.

Teaching books: Words their way  

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, 4th Edition (Book, CD & DVD)

This book has a developmentally-driven, hands-on instructional approach providing a practical way to study words with students.

It is ordered in a developmental format and complements the use of any existing phonics, spelling, and vocabulary programs you are using.

Books for Teachers: Literacy for the 21st Century  

Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach (5th Edition)

This book covers the information new and experienced teachers need to know to teach literacy effectively. Includes specific strategies to use in the classroom to develop successful readers and writers.

Books for Teachers: Strategies that work 

Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement

This book has become an indispensable resource for teachers who want to teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers.

Cooperative Learning Book

Cooperative Learning & Hands-On Science

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.

More books to help you teach...

Get your free copy of Making Friends One Day at a Time student pages!
Go to Kindergarten-Lessons News to get your FREE printable student book, "Making Friends One Day at a Time".

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