The children I work with are three and four years old. I have to be very careful about what I say to them or in front of them because they absorb absolutely EVERYTHING! I not only teach them their ABC’s and 123′s but I also teach them about life and right from wrong. One of the problems that I have with the kids is sharing. Sometimes whey they see a toy they want that another child is playing with, they will just go over to them and take it. Then the other child gets angry and hits the other child. I make sure that I do not raise my voice when something like that happens. I go over to the children and sit them down to explain why they cannot do that. I make them apologize to one another and tell them that they have to be fair and share, and when they get angry they have to use their words and not their hands. In “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” the Author states that some of the things you need to know about life are “share everything,” “play fair,” “don’t hit people,” and “don’t take things that aren’t yours.” And he is so right. So if I explain this to the children at a young age hopefully they will take this with them throughout their lives and apply it to their daily routines.
All of last week and the beginning of this week, I had my students getting ready for valentines day. I had them decorate the classroom and make valentines for their friends. I would have them color a picture then tell me who they wanted it to be for and what they wanted to say. I explained how valentines day was about love and showing how much you care about the people in your life. The kids wrote things from “you’re my best friend,” “I love you so much,” and “I hope you enjoy all of the snacks at the party.” So when Thursday came around it was finally valentines day, it was shocking to see how happy all the children were. All day they were filled with love and holding hands with each other. They were so happy and I really thought it was cutest thing. They couldn’t wait for their friends to open all their valentines and read to them what they wrote. I guess love really was in the air that day!
Two weeks ago my class got a new student. Her name is Grace and she is three years old. Grace has never been in school or daycare. She has one older sister and many cousins, so she has interacted with other children before. I have had new students before and it is funny how different kids react. The first few days were hard for her to say goodbye to mommy and daddy but after a while she would start to warm up. By the end of the first week, she had no problem leaving her parents and when it is time to go home she wants to stay. I think this transition was easier for Grace than it is some other children is because she has an older sister and cousins so she knows how to play with others. When I come across kids who have never been to school or ones who never had interactions with other children, it is harder for them to adjust. Even if I didn’t know Grace had other kids to play with I would still be able to know because of the way she plays and talks with her classmates. Another student of mine who is an only child, keeps more to himself. He would rather play alone than with the other children. It is crazy how different kids are from one another solely based on the number of children in their household and whether or not they have been in school or daycare before.
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