Back in February of 2019, we talked about the importance of daily greetings…
TOP 10 Reasons Why to Greet Students at the Door Each and Every Morning
• Provides a smile and a reassurance that the teacher is glad the student came to school today, which sets the tone for a positive day
• Promotes a strong relationship between the teacher and student • Enhances a positive classroom climate
• Provides a moment of connection when you greet them by name- young children love to hear their name – let’s use them in positive statements
• Assists children with letting go of issues that may have occurred on the bus or at home- they are being welcomed to a new start to the day
• Promotes a sense of belonging and trust that the classroom is a safe place
• Provides social and emotional support
• Demonstrates and models of how to greet others, how to use kind words, and how to be respectful
• Provides a proactive, preventive technique to reduce challenging behaviors
• Starts the day for the teacher with LOTS of smiles and positive interactions!
Greeting our students is more important than ever. Students need to feel wanted and welcomed into the classroom. However, for now, we need to modify our greetings to include no touching options- including even no bumping of hips or elbows. ESPECIALLY elbows since we ask students to cough into their elbows!!
Hello Early Learning Families, One of the best ways to cultivate self-reliance and self-confidence is to give your children developmentally appropriate responsibilities. Plus, young children naturally want to help, feel important, and contribute to the family. Sincerely, Debra Honegger Early Learning Consultant
Young children want to help with cooking, cleaning, and other real work. When you share tasks, you help your child: *Feel important *Care about others *Be a contributing part of the family *Feel capable *Be independent *Learn important life skills *Participate in family routines
Teach and model tasks that your child appears capable of doing and in which he/she appears interested. TIPS · *Patiently help when children need support or make mistakes. “That’s okay. Let’s get a towel to clean up the water that spilled over the dog bowl.” · *Offer choices when you can. “Let’s fold the clothes. Do you want to sort the shirts or the socks?” · *When possible, allow your child to decide what needs to be done. “What should we do next to get the table ready for dinner? “
· *Encourage efforts and avoid pointing out mistakes. “I noticed how carefully you washed the cup. “
· * Don’t expect the task to be completed to the same standards as you would have done it and don’t redo it while he/she is in eyesight.
* Avoid jumping in and doing it for him/her. Allow your child to feel the pride of accomplishing the task.
ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF GIVING RESPSONSIBLITIES= Develops Gross and Fine Motor Skills Activities such as putting groceries away and digging in the garden promote large motor development, while fine motor development can be encouraged through activities like peeling an orange. Hands-on learning is an important part of brain development in childhood.
Math Skills Activities that involve counting such as counting the number of plates or silverware to place on the table, naming the shapes of toys as they are put away or counting to five while pouring water on a plant all help build math skills while completing a needed family responsibility.