K-3 Ideas

Put These Ideas Into Practice!

        What children learn
through play?

·      Teaches child’s vocabularies to increase

·     Teaches sharing and taking turns and improves cooperation

·      Teaches children to develop empathy
and express emotions

·      Teaches children to develop patience and

·      Teaches children to feel successful and gain independence      

Allow Enrichment Experiences for Children

·          Read the comic strips from the
local newspaper.  Teacher can cut the comic strip, write on the back of each strip a number so you know the sequence order, mix them up, and let the children in groups of four arrange them in sequential order. 
Or white-out the comic strip sayings and let the child create a new story. 

·          Find familiar pictures or commercials in magazines, cut them out and use them as their first words in reading what they see everyday in their environment like a stop sign or a Burger King picture.

·         Use magazines or newspaper pictures and/or pictures of families, show the different kinds of emotions like smiling, being angry, crying and then ask the children questions about the pictures.  Let the children draw how they are

·           As a teacher, always provide meaningful, purposeful feedback and encouragement during reading and writing experiences by
looking at pictures, the title of the book, using other words in the sentence,
and using other words with the same letter.  See if anything around the classroom has the same letter.

·         Teachers should have a
resource room to give them ideas like educational journals or find much in the computer.

What Happens When We Lose Our Patience with the Children We Teach?

What Happens When We Lose Our Patience?  Part of the new workshop:  “How the Child Thinks and the Way the Teacher Reacts” 


Your children will test you and push you to your limits of patienceThey don’t mean to do it. Some of those patience killers are just a part of normal, healthy development.  Children just don’t realize how their behaviors impact others.  When you are in a rush, they will dawdle. When you want to focus on a project, they will interrupt you. When you simply want a moment of quiet, they will shriek, make annoying sounds, and fight, often for no reason or often to disrupt the peace. When you easily see the solution to a problem, they will argue with you throwing tantrums at times because they cannot see the solution at all. *Sometimes, it is the child who lacks patience, and that alone can cause you to lose yours.”

There will be days when you want to demand compliance. “You
will listen to me.” “Move faster.” “Stop fighting, and “leave each other alone.”  It is effective for the short term, but it loses it’s effectiveness over time because it conveys a message to your children that says “I don’t respect you.”

How do you find patience?  When you’re ready to accept that you don’t always need to be in charge or on schedule that a few extra moments in your day tending to the emotional needs of the children will actually make things run more smoothly in the end, then you are ready to practice your patience.  Decide to handle things calmly, even do your best to speak with a delightful voice. 

Remind yourself that you are going to try to be more patient because it will make things easier in the long run and then calmly address the problem.  Don’t let yourself feel guilty for not having patience 100% of the time (Nobody is that perfect)!  Just be proud of yourself and reminding yourself to be more patient.