With the new year rolling in, it comes with new challenges in the classroom. So it is time to...
Press the reset button
and change something up to keep them engaged.
*It is time to introduce new learning centers or revamp existing learning centers to spark new interest.
*It is time to review and reset your classroom expectation. As children comeback from the break they are going to push boundaries to see if they can get away with things in the new year. So before that happens just take the time to welcome them back and review what the new year expectations look like.
*Form new rituals and new brain builder activities. Routines are the same, but just with a fresh new twist to keep them engaged.
-Introduce new songs
-Greet them in a new way during arrival
*Give more responsibility-This is a great time of the year to get your little ones working more independently, once they move onto kindergarten independent work is a big part of their day.
*This time of the year is also a time for us to revisit our assessments and revamp all of their learning goals so that we can meet their long term goals. It is also important to reevaluate individual groups for more one on one teaching. (It might be time to move some of your little ones around to better meet their needs)
*I know that I am not the only one thinking this, but with the new year rolling in I always tell myself that it is a good time to clean and organize all of my problem areas in my classroom. So lets make a pledge to dust off the webs and clean one problem spot a week.
As you can see I really need to work on my storage room. I walk in to rotate toys and I just end up walking out because I get to discouraged that I can't find anything.
It is time to hit the pinterest boards and find an inspirational picture to get me motivated.
What is on the top of your list to reset for the new year?
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.