One of the most significant issues that accompany the shift towards online education is that there will be an unavoidable rise in screen-time that happens for all students. Teachers of preschool, this problem is exacerbated by the challenges of teaching three and 4-year-olds on the internet. The best practices vary across teaching the “take care of yourself” phrase that we hear so often these days (and must listen to) as well as suggestions on screen-based reading aloud. Here are some conceptions we hope will be valuable for early childhood instructors.
Tips For Teachers of Preschool
1. Let your heart be a part of the action
Be kind to yourself. The early youth teachers have not been taught to train preschoolers on the internet. “Online Preschool for Nursery” was not listed as a preschool program. But early childhood educators are experts in understanding young children’s behaviors and creating environments for learning. And you have more tools available to you than you realize.
Be sure to demonstrate empathy for your families too. They have been bearing a period of constant anxiety and stress similar to you from many months. Family routines have been disrupted, and it could make it difficult for parents to get their child online with a newborn crying, or their first grader is seeking help in the online class or when they have to get to work on their own.
2. Develop a growth mindset and try different methods of teaching, and don’t be fearful of a lesson that fails.
Be aware that every lesson gives you more information that will guide the planning of the next lesson. It’s okay (and even recommended) to test new methods at this point as well, just like in the regular classroom. What works for one class of students may not work for another group of children.
3. Work with your family
You are likely uncovering that you have to be more engaged with families in training for preschool than you have needed to before. Making use of materials often found in the homes of children could lessen the burden on parents and you. Think about asking parents to have the preschool kit or box filled with the items that you frequently utilize in your classes like Playdough, colored papers markers, dice, or even cards that kids can bring to every session or even shapes that kids, as well as families, could cut together. This will make your job more efficient and also help uphold the kids’ learning areas at home orderly.
4. Be aware that preschoolers’ attention spans are limited
However, they’re even less when children are engaged in videoconferences. Many people are discovering, Zoom fatigue is real that requires time, effort, and constant attention to follow the video conference. Preschoolers are no distinct. In fact, if a preschooler takes steps away from screen, they are merely self-regulating taking a brain pause.
Parents are often in the classroom with their preschoolers when they are on the internet, which makes it difficult for a teacher, especially in the event that a parent is unhappy about their child walking off from the nursery online classes. Make sure you remind parents that it’s completely permissible for children to stop for a moment when required.
5. Make activities brief
If you are they are in person, kids may be able to participate in a circle or a group for as long as 10 minutes. However, the same circle time activities might not be able to keep their attention when it is viewed on an online conferencing platform like Google Classroom or Zoom. Rather, you can split up your lesson into more smallish chunks that contain lots of movement.
6. Engage children in movement
Try switching between the two types of activities to keep kids interested. Do a group exercise like making a dance routine, or ask children to participate in an easy scavenger hunt around their own home (find three green objects) and then join online to discuss the things they have discovered. In the process of discovering three things, they are also performing on cardinality as they progress.
Another suggestion is to have children create obstacles with toys or pillows. They then narrate their movements by using prepositions to describe their spatial positions and spatial relationships.
7. Create a routine and stick to it
Just as in the classroom, the children gain from knowing what they can expect. Meet each child as they enter the virtual classroom. Sing an anthem, dance, or read a book. Suppose you perform a different art or movement exercise or sing an ending song. If you are able to display a schedule of pictures on their screen in their class online or mail to home a printed copy of the schedule, this will help the children’s understanding of what they can be expecting during their virtual classroom.
8. Your lesson should be the double (or triple) responsibility
Many preschool activities are suited to helping the whole child’s learning and help them develop across a variety of domains, such as reading and writing as well as math and science executive function that include logic and reasoning as well as emotional and social skills. When you are in the classroom, if you’re examining a particular theme like seasons, you could make use of the book as a starting point for your discussion while also incorporating mathematics and science.