Patience with Pre-Schoolers
Webster’s Dictionary says: “having or showing the capacity for endurance; bearing annoyance, hardship, and pain and without complaint, anger, or the like.
Do children have this kind of patience? Can they have endurance? Do they bear annoyance and do it without showing anger or complaint? Do children have patience in their talking, thinking and reasoning?
How many times have we heard preschoolers express exactly how to use words to express their feelings? They tell it like it is! Children’s emotions are an everyday feeling found in all early childhood settings. It challenges you as teachers to be committed to be more effective and constructive in guiding our children.
So, do children have patience in their talking, thinking, and reasoning? It seems to stem right back to you as a teacher to help!
Listening to a professional at a conference, she said “Patience from the teacher’s standpoint creates an environment of compassion and respect.” “When you’re patient with children, it’s just as though you are saying, “I respect how you feel children because I respect you. I want you to be happy and independent because I love you and want the best for you. I want to help you find your own happiness, so I’m going to slow down and take time to calmly assist you.
When you remind yourself that at the end of the day, all of the important things will still be accomplished (showing love being the most important thing of all), then you can stop rushing and start enjoying the endurance with the ups and downs of life with the children you teach.