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Fascinating ways that your Preschoolers can Learn

Teachers in the preschool needs to be more creative and imaginative in their teaching strategies. As a teacher of the preschoolers, every time I introduce new topic I always wonder how can they learn from me? Would they understand what I’ll be teaching them? To attained the objectives of my lesson, I making sure in every activity they would learn and at the same time have fun.

It has been told many times that children are great imitators. They can learn easily through imitations. In fact preschoolers can learn so much of their behavior by just observing and imitating to the people around them. As a parent you have a direct interaction and give a big impact on the behavior you are showing them. Always display or show good attitudes and manners then they will also follow you.

Preschoolers are believer of fantasy or make – believe. Their fantasy world help them to connect with the reality. They love to pretend like they are the father, mother, doctors, teachers, policeman, soldier and so much more. As long as it will display power just like superheroes. In my classes I always portray as the fairy god mother who has the strongest power. With that imagination they will tend to focus more on me, because sometimes I am dress up like a fairy god mother, I also have my own magic wand. All through out our class, all eyes on me and from there on I can introduce the new lesson for them. Easy as that.

The last one that I am using for the preschoolers to learn is through stories. Reading stories for my students is our chance to bond. They mostly like fantasy stories and they would listen and focus to you very well. From that short stories they can learn values, good attitudes and good behavior. This is the moment that they are encourage to share and say something about the readings. It will develop their cognitive and language skills.

 

 

 

Let your Child Perform on stage to boost their self – esteem

I remember before it is one of our big event in the school calendar. All of our students need to perform an stage play. I made the script and I make sure that every student have their own line to say and they are going to portray each character of a story. They are all required to wear their costume on the said event.

But before the event took place we have enormous changes in our script and performance. Because this one parent of my student decided that she wants her daughter to be the lead actress. I reasoned out why I didn’t choose her daughter, I told her that her daughter have difficulty in speech and we dont want to pressure her, we are just giving task that is enough for her capacity. But the parent insist, and so I changed the script again. I am aiming that the student will go on stage and perform her character. After few practices the said student didn’t show up and I was wondering why she isn’t showing up. Where in fact, I already changed the script and decided she will be part of the lead actresses. Only to find out, the mother decided not to let her daughter join the stage play. So again I changed the script.

We as a parents, we always support our kids in any activities that they have in the school. Through that activities they will gain socialization and boost their self confidence. Its not always that our kids will go on stage and perform their talents. Its not because they can sing and dance at home, they can also do that on stage with so many people and big crowd. Some would be frightened and wont go on. But this is the stage of development that they need to conquer on, as the time goes by they need to deal big crowd.  So as early as now, its good if you would help them practice being independent and confident in the big crowd. That is what we are trying to develop with our student so as much as possible we make sure that all of them will go on stage and perform.

Parents can motivate their children to Perform on the stage

I remember once, I have a student who has stage fright. He would not mind at all not performing on the stage and he wont also get envy to his classmates who are enjoying holding the microphone and dancing on the stage. I am concerned why he would not do such thing, I talked to my student and he told me that his mommy is not around. I feel so pity of how the child felt in the absence of his parents.

There is also one instance, it just happened recently. A parent who disagree on me, because I announced in the class together with the parents to please help me motivate their children to perform well on the stage and focus on the dancing steps. This parent immediately voice out her side and said, “its not our part to motivate our children, in the first place, its you who initiated this program so motivate our child to perform well on the stage. Dont give us another job, we have so much things to do.” I feel so ouch at that time. How can a parent say that?

I feel the discussion is getting is no where, I immediately do my best to calm the situation right away. So I asked other parents if they have any questions? If they dont have any questions, they can go home. But for those who have questions, they can approach me. The parents who dont have any violent reactions about my announcement they immediately leave the school together with their little kids. But for those parents who disagree my idea, we have a closed door conference meeting.

Two of my parents attended the close door conference meeting, I aired my side of why I suggested that idea. I explained that we are just teachers and we are just molding a part of the behavior of their child. Although I agree that we have strong influence to their kids, but that doesn’t mean that the parents no longer have the responsibility to motivate their kids. The parent explained that, they have lots of concern and they can no longer attend to such task. To make it easy for them and would not put so much time and effort in motivating their child. I suggested some ways, like if they are eating on the table, they could ask what they are going to do on the stage. Then, ask them to show it to you. Once they did that give recognition and appreciation. Or while you are walking going to school, ask them to teach you how to do their steps.

Its not really difficult, but if you are just being imaginative and creative you can really do it. The bottom line, the parents are convinced on motivating their kids.

Activity Planner for the Week

For me not to get lost on my class activity, I usually prepared some activity other than what I have in my lesson plan. Sometimes you need to think out of the box and need to be creative so that your students, especially preschool they wont get bored and exhausted in what they are doing.

PhotobucketUnfortunately, I came to school unprepared. I started the class without even have my lesson planned. I feel so exhausted in going to school lately, this is because of the upcoming Linggo ng Wika activity. I need to prepare the presentation of my students; I look for the poem and reading materials that my student will recite. Being so perfectionist, I end up nothing and here I am coming to class unprepared.

So to save my day, I let them see the pictures and tell or draw a story what happened to the picture. Then after that I let them guess a word with the first letter that I mentioned. Then I say a word and they will guess what the initial sound is. Ohh, good thing I have reserved activity on my planning. I am so glad that my memory still working to be more creative. This wont happen again, no matter how busy I am I should have my lesson ready a week ahead.

Television as a Medium of Learning for Preschoolers

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The picture is not mine

One of my toddler’s students could not say a word when he was 2 yrs old. For me I find it unusual, why he cold not speaks any word the least “Mommy” or “Daddy”. I try to talk to his mom, why her son is like that. She told me that her son don’t have any socialization activity social group activities and social and emotion activities with other kids. He is always inside the room and he keeps on watching television. Like the cartoons, movie or any pbs kids show.

The influence of television to children can sometimes create a bad habit. Especially the firs 5 years of early childhood, it is better spent in playing, reading, walking, talking, and painting and crafting, then pbs kids games – in other words these are all doing things together.

However, some parent fined that television is helpful for the growing years of their child. It may be beneficial to their child’s development, but parents should be first selective of what their children are watching. Like programs Barney or any other video learning material that can reinforce the values and principles you wish to develop in your child.

Second, limit your child’s daily view time. You don’t want t create as to your child’s habit so avoid spending too much time on the television. Instead spend other more valuable activities such as playing games, painting, and reading.

Third, you need to watch television together with your child. In that way you can monitor what he/she is watching and you can check and balance if that’s really helpful or not.

Finally, as a mother and parent to your child it always good to set a good example.