Wouldn’t it be great if your children actually enjoyed learning rather than it being a chore?
In the age of electronic entertainment (gaming systems, television, mobile apps, etc.) it’s so easy for parents to place children in front of an electronic babysitter.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think electronic babysitters are all bad, especially when children are being difficult at home. In that case, they can be a life-saver!
But if you’ve ever found yourself placing your son or daughter in front of the TV because it’s easier than babysitting them yourself, that’s usually when the problem arises.
Tell me, how easy is it to pry your child’s hands off his Xbox controller? How easy is it to turn off the iPad when your child is watching a program that they enjoy?
How easy is it to get your child to want to learn new skills when all they can think about is getting back on their PlayStation?
Well, although I don’t have all the answers, I can tell you what’s working well for us at our day care in Fort Myers.
To entice our students to learn, we don’t abide by the typical classroom instruction model where a teacher addresses the class as a whole.
Since preschool aged children have short attention spans, we as teachers, have to be much more creative in order to reach them with subject material that interests them and holds their attention.
That’s why I love Creative Curriculum
In a nutshell, Creative Curriculum is a child-centered approach which allows us to guide our students through in-depth studies and meaningful work based on your child’s interests and needs.
At the heart of children’s learning is active play. Children learn by first-hand observation, hands-on experiences, intentional teaching and personal reflection.
To help you gain some ideas on how you can engage your child at play and teach them something new in the process, we thought we’d share an activity that our students LOVED.
About a week ago our Bumblebee class transformed their classroom house corner into a pet shop to coincide with their current project of “PETS”.
Other than the obvious role playing and social interaction skills involved with these added materials and arrangements, the VPK class is exploring many other learning domains.
Creating cat toys
Finished cat toys
The kids LOVE animals, as most kids do but…
- What is the difference between wild animals and domestic animals and what do those words mean?
- How should we take care of a pet?
- How can we be responsible with a pet?
- What kinds of animals would make good pets and why?
These are some of the questions we are using in our project.
Making our very own unique, NON-VENOMOUS, PATTERN pythons
Along with investigating questions, we are practicing many other skills through this project.
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