Functional Area 4:
I promote physical activities in my classroom daily and lesson plans daily. We do music and dance to many different songs like Pirate Ship, Bear Hunt and the Dancing Machine. All provide a wide range of movement to promote physical health. During outdoor play children are given opportunities to ride bikes, play with balls, climbing up and down the stairs to the slide, hopping, skipping, jumping and balancing on a rail. We play organized games like Mr. Fox What Time Is It, Red Rover, and Duck, Duck Goose.
Functional Area 5:
I help children develop cognitive skills by encouraging them to hypothesis and try things out. For example, While on the bus on a cold day we had been discussing what makes the window on the bus wet inside. I explained to the children that it was caused from warm air and cold are coming together to create condensation. I took the children outside and gave them each a balloon and had them blow it up and let the air out several times. Then I had them blow the balloon up again and look close to the inside of the balloon and they discovered that there was water in the balloon. We discussed what happened and why it may have happened. I keep activities interesting so that they are fun and spark children’s curiosity. I do this by rotating materials so things are new, taking field trips, having an emergent curriculum, and allowing children to ask questions and actively participate in learning. Cognitive skills are used daily in our classroom and the children have fun developing them.
Functional Area 6:
In my classroom I help children learn, understand, and use words to communicate. This is done by encouraging conversations throughout the classroom. I ask children about what they are doing and prompt them to explain in detail. Children are reminded to use their words to express themselves when they are having a difficult time communicating. I have daily discussions with the... [continues]
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