Most preschool classrooms are set up with what’s known as centers. Housekeeping, science & math, art and writing centers are just a few common centers. These areas are usually delineated well with furniture. Most teachers also add center signs with pics to indicate to children what’s expected in each center.
Here are a few of our signs. The pics of our preschoolers doing the activities in the center have been removed to protect identities.
I just snap candid shots of the preschoolers in each center and tape a few to the laminated signs. As you see the signs speak to parents, explaining what each child is learning as they play.
We’ve completed our first full week of school and we’re off to a great start! Hope you had a great start as well.
The Fred Rogers Center’s Ele Early Learning Environment web site is full of fun learning activities for very young children, and informative videos for folks caring for and teaching preschoolers.Read More
One week ☑️
We’ve made it through another first week of school! Some kicked and screamed, some joined in willingly, (I’m talking about the teachers here)
Surviving The First Week Of School
Surviving the first week of preschool is a big deal for the children as well as teachers. Here are some survival tips I’ve picked up over the years.
- Get enough sleep.
- Take your break.
- Work effeciently to get the most done.
- Leave work at work. Don’t take work home.
- Have fun!
Back to School Safety Tips from the National Safety Council.
First day of school blues can range anywhere from butterflies in the tummy to full-blown tears and temper tantrums! To keep your first day as clam as possible there are a few steps you can take in preparation.
1. Get back into the school-night bedtime routine. If you and your child are new to the back-to-school routine, start with a solid bed time routine. About a week before school starts, (now!) begin a bedtime that allows your child at least 8 hours of shut eye.
2. Plan ahead and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches (if needed) a week in advance. Preparing lunches and even breakfast the night before will save time and prevent stress!
3. Prepare at least one change of clothes including socks and underwear. Most preschool teachers have a system and a place for each child’s belongings.
4. Set up playdates, if possible with other children from your preschool. Your local library or community center might offer free events for young children. Time spent interacting with others will help your child prepare socially and emotionally to the preschool environment.
5. No long goodbyes! Don’t be shocked if your child cries! Maintaining a calm, positive demeanor will do you all a favor. Your child will pick up on your vibe. Ask the teacher if there’s a good time to call to check your child (if you’re child is really upset).
6. Parent involvement is important, even in preschool! Children have better long term outcomes when parents are involved. Talk to your child’s teacher (or child care provider) regularly about your child’s development.
7. Take advantage of any parent/family activities offered by your child’s preschool or child care center. These activities give parents a chance to network and children a chance to form friendships that might last a lifetime.Read More