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teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

 
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sanjajerem



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds Reply with quote

Hello everybody,

I have the opportunity to teach in a newly opened kindergarten which have one mixed group consisting of one 1year old, 2 two year olds, 3 three year olds (I am serious Smile)) and two 5-6 yos. My idea is not to mix the 5-6 yos with others - am I right?
But can I work efficiently with others where there is only one tiny one year old and others 2 and three?
Any ideas how to organize the groups and have efficient lesson plans?
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you!

Sanja
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Sally Olsen



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just recommend talking and singing for the entire time you are in their presence. Tell them everything they are doing, touching, feeling and everything you are doing, touching, feeling. When tired, sing. You can have back up with tapes and so on, so you don't have to think of the songs all the time but can just sing along.

I hope you have lots of toys and materials to keep them busy. If you can make some Montessori materials they will learn concepts along with the language.

The younger ones will probably watch some while you play and learn with the five and six year olds, so that is a benefit.

If the one year old gets fussy, you could put him in a back pack.

If you think about it, every mother with multiple children does this. But they learn gradually over the years and gain materials over the years. The older ones teach the younger ones and take off some of the pressure. Perhaps your first goal should be to encourage the older ones to look after the younger ones, a bit longer each day, not so they take away your job, but it is good training no matter what.
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sanjajerem



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sally!
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mesmark



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replied to this here, how to teach 1-5 year olds.
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musica5



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are looking for songs and finger rhymes etc there are lots on youtube.

Songs such as Ten Little Monkeys and Tommy Thumb keep them entertained and teach the rhythm of the language and rhyming while being fun and involving participation.
http:///www.youtube.com/pamelasunshinetv
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