Functional Area #1: Self
Some very important goals everyday is to support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance for my preschoolers.
* I provide a positive relationship with the children through daily routines and interactions. I feel this gives the children and parents a sense of trust. * I greet the child and the parent in the morning. * I always address the child by his or her name. * I get down to the child’s level when I speak to them. I feel that by doing this it makes the child feel special and welcomed in the class. * In the morning we have free play where the children can interact with the other children. I believe this helps the children enter into their comfort zone and move and work at their own pace. * At circle time I assign classroom helpers. The children get to be the line leader, door holder, gardener, weather watcher or the teacher’s helper. I feel this helps the children develop a sense of independence and pride. * I ALWAYS praise a child’s accomplishments. I even cheer them on when they struggle with a task.
Functional Area #2: Social
The children in my program are given opportunities to learn cooperation and social interaction.
* I encourage children to interact socially with each other by helping the child feel accepted in the group. When children choose their centers and I see a child just standing around watching, I will encourage them to join a center. I may say, “Brandon, I see you watching Steven build would you like to build a castle in the block area”? * Teaching a good sense of respect and responsibility is important. I feel this will help them try and make friends. * Children’s play develops through stages: Playing alone, playing near others but not playing with them, playing with others but not with them, playing with others but not sharing, playing